By Andi Rae Mills
The free rocks and tight switchbacks had expense us useful time. This used to be no longer a spot we needed to get stuck after darkish. Edie and that i rode in silence as we negotiated the treacherous footing.
We had identified we might face probability in this journey, yet I had by no means expected whatever just like the state of affairs we have been at the moment dealing with.
My senses appeared move stressed out. At a time while I must have logically been bordering on panic, i discovered myself engulfed in an eerie feel of calm. worry was once a luxurious we couldn’t come up with the money for for the time being. If we obtained off this mountain alive, there will be lots of time to be scared as we recalled the ordeal.
The path was once quite slender. The climb were steep and rugged. we'd achieve an altitude in way over seven thousand 400 toes as we rode the crest of Mt. Francis.
On our rapid left, a sheer rock wall rose vertically with occasional outcroppings that jutted into the path. Our knees, from time to time, rubbed the craggy rock face.
A look to the ideal introduced no convenience. A serious drop off afforded us a view of the tops of bushes, hundreds of thousands of toes lower than. We have been using on a path that used to be not more than a slim ledge at the face of the mountain.
For a few cause recognized basically to them, either horses insisted on strolling alongside the extraordinary periphery of the path. They appeared to think more well-off at the part, instead of being crowded by means of the wall. either Edie and that i discovered ourselves sitting off heart and leaning somewhat towards the wall. If our horses misplaced their footing, we was hoping which will bounce away from them and land at the path. A lump the dimensions of a softball threatened to choke me at any time when I heard a bit of the path fall apart underneath our horse’s ft, sending rock and grime tumbling over the edge.
We had reached some extent of no go back. We had no notion what lay prior to us . . . there has been no solution to flip round . . . no option to again the horses out of the place we have been . . . and at this aspect, dismounting was once a actual impossibility as a result of shut proximity of the rock face and the slim width of the path. We either knew that we have been in a most likely existence threatening scenario. If a cougar or a snake spooked the horses, we might all have a a technique price tag to the rocky backside of the canyon a long way below.
That ugly inspiration was once nonetheless in my brain while our undesirable scenario grew decidedly extra advanced. As I taken with the path forward, my brain rejected what my eyes might essentially see. Thirty ft sooner than us, the path easily disappeared! All i'll see past that time used to be air . . . and plenty of it. I puzzled if Edie, who rode just a couple of toes at the back of me, observed what I observed . . . She did.
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A Distant Drum... by Andi Rae Mills