By Andi Rae Mills
The unfastened rocks and tight switchbacks had expense us beneficial time. This used to be now not 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 risk in this trip, yet I had by no means expected something just like the situation we have been presently 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 find the money for in the mean time. If we bought off this mountain alive, there will be lots of time to be scared as we recalled the ordeal.
The path was once enormously slim. The climb have been 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 instant 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 suitable introduced no convenience. A serious drop off afforded us a view of the tops of bushes, countless numbers of ft lower than. We have been using on a path that was once not more than a slim ledge at the face of the mountain.
For a few cause recognized simply to them, either horses insisted on jogging alongside the extraordinary periphery of the path. They appeared to think more well-off at the aspect, instead of being crowded via the wall. either Edie and that i came across ourselves sitting off middle and leaning a little bit towards the wall. If our horses misplaced their footing, we was hoping on the way to bounce away from them and land at the path. A lump the dimensions of a softball threatened to choke me every time I heard a bit of the path disintegrate 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 inspiration what lay sooner than us . . . there has been no strategy to flip round . . . no solution to again the horses out of the place we have been . . . and at this element, dismounting used to be 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 very likely lifestyles threatening state of affairs. If a cougar or a snake spooked the horses, we'd all have a a method price ticket to the rocky backside of the canyon a long way below.
That grotesque idea was once nonetheless in my brain while our undesirable state of affairs grew decidedly extra complex. As I all for the path forward, my brain rejected what my eyes may well in actual fact see. Thirty toes sooner than us, the path easily disappeared! All i'll see past that time was once air . . . and plenty of it. I questioned 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