Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Life changing walks - The Gallery

I used to be a reluctant walker. Never keen to go out anywhere. I remember when I was about 11 refusing point blank to join a family walk in Tollymore Forest Park, and sitting by the car for what felt like hours until they got back. On my own. Wouldn't happen now would it. Anyway, my lack of enthusiasm for moving any further than I had to, stayed with me well into my 20's. Then in my early 30's things started to unravel: love, work, friendships; and just as I was descending into the depths of despair, an opportunity arose to travel in South America. My family pushed me to go, and I'm so glad they did.
There was a lot of trekking: I walked my little legs off, and I can clearly remember one moment, along the Inca Trail in Peru, when I properly took in the beauty around me and felt truly happy for the first time in ages.
Hey thinny! Highest point on the Inca trail

bleak beauty of the Mournes
The clouds of self-pity started to lift, and by the time I got home I was stronger, more positive and a born again walker.

Things began slotting back into place in my life, and I went walking most weekends; usually in the Mournes and usually on my own.
Then I met a wonderful man who also liked to walk - and one glorious day, after a steady climb up Rocky Mountain, I was getting our picnic ready - goats cheese quiche; never forget food  - and turned round to find him on bended knee, holding a beautiful ring.
A perfect, magical moment; it really felt like we were on the top of the world, in this amazing, wild, empty space - the only people for miles...when out of nowhere we heard a voice,

'Did she say yes?' 

Three young lads appeared on the other side of the peak. Couldn't believe it. We hadn't seen a soul all day. What were the chances?

'Yes, she said YES!'

Makes me smile thinking about it - and there've been a few jokes over the years about his choice of mountain for the proposal..

I walked on air that day.


Linking up with The Gallery - the theme this week is Walks

18 comments:

  1. What a beautiful story - I've gone all goose bumpy. xxx

    ReplyDelete
  2. What a great walking story! And what an adventurer you are! Nice to find you via the Gallery. Helen x

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great post and a wonderfully romantic proposal! I'd love to walk the Inca Trail one day...

    ReplyDelete
  4. How romantic. I love country walks, been slightly too cold for a long hike lately tho.

    ReplyDelete
  5. beautiful story and equally beautiful photos

    ReplyDelete
  6. Such a beautiful story, and what a perfect setting to propose in!

    ReplyDelete
  7. What incredible walks and memories x

    ReplyDelete
  8. What a lovely story! My reluctance to walk remains with me but I think the toddlers need to get out will change that soon - just waiting for the weather to warm up.

    ReplyDelete
  9. what beautiful pictures and a wonderful story :-)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Wow - great story, and what exotic walks you have done!

    ReplyDelete
  11. WOW what a brilliant proposal :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Great post - really enjoyed reading it.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Awww that bought a lump to my throat, what a wonderful story

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thanks so much for all your lovely comments! Really appreciate them.
    Brought back lots of happy memories writing this post x

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a wonderful story! I would love to walk the inca trail, - but it will have to wait a while now.

    ReplyDelete
  16. That was such a wonderful post and lovely story. Oh the irony - you met your husband to be through walking! Nature has such a wonderful effect on the senses - so calming - I'll bet the Inca trail was just stunning!

    ReplyDelete