When my friend Stacey announced that she anticipated it’d rain on at least 4 out of 5 of our planned hikes around Ireland, I immediately began to plan what we’d be doing instead of hiking those days. Sure, she’d told me to get a waterproof jacket and shoes, but I thought this was because it may rain on us unexpectedly. Not because we were actually planning to weather the storms.
So, as she predicted, the very first day was forcast with storms. Yet we headed out in the rain. It sprinkled. It stopped. It poured.
And, standing on the top of the summit that day waiting for her to catch up was the first of many wonderful experiences this trip had in store. Achieving a climb to the top of a hill in the rain was one thing, but standing up, looking over miles and miles of terrain with the rain beating down on you is…. invigorating. Exciting. I felt alive for the first time in a long time and knew that I was exactly where I needed to be.
But, just in case, this was confirmed with a rainbow conclusion of the moment, making an already breathtaking view complete. And we moved on…