Aron readily tells the story of all the things he did wrong that lead him as he says, "to his destiny of being pinned down by this rock. It was my choice." He didn't answer his mother's phone call in which he knew he would tell her where he was going. He had gotten out of the shower and had ignored her as she left a voice mail. He hadn't told his employer where he was going when his employer was asking him WHILE he made copies of the trail at the office. He went alone. He didn't leave a note. He didn't send anyone an e-mail. The list goes on.
|Looks like an Eagles Head|
|We were so tiny in this canyon, can you see me?|
|A man from Denver stopped on his way jogging to take our photo - how he ran, oh yeah, he's from Denver - higher altitudes there!|
I looked over at Steve who continued to walk on each rock and he took a leap over a narrower section of water and got wet. He looked at me and said, "I can't jump as far with so many rocks in my pocket!" He had continued to collect the rocks and added weight to his body. That did it, I couldn't move and kept laughing. To think that between the two of us the story we would tell about the slot canyon was not about cutting off our arm but about pink socks and rocks!
Yes that does happen, as you pick up one small stone and then another small stone and then another small stone, its like picking up bad habits. Pretty soon you don't go as far because the bad habits keep you down. The right thing to do is get rid of a bad habit. One has to get rid of the rocks the same way in order to feel lighter and more in control, one at a time. The first bad habit for Aron to shed was to pick up the phone when his mother is calling him. Nothing good happens if you don't. The irony of his mother's persistence after being willfully ignored is a symbol of a mother's love. She ultimately saved his life as he struggled to save it as well. She was the stubbornest Rock of them all.
|The river had carved this canyon out, this is a tributary from Bryce Canyon|
|A woman among giants!|
|Back out of the mountains!|