By Andi Rae Mills
The free rocks and tight switchbacks had price us valuable time. This was once 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'd face risk in this trip, yet I had by no means expected something just like the situation we have been at present dealing with.
My senses appeared pass stressed. 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 intervening time. If we received off this mountain alive, there will be lots of time to be scared as we recalled the ordeal.
The path was once highly slender. The climb have been steep and rugged. we might succeed in an altitude in far more than seven thousand 400 ft as we rode the crest of Mt. Francis.
On our fast left, a sheer rock wall rose vertically with occasional outcroppings that jutted into the path. Our knees, now and then, rubbed the craggy rock face.
A look to the appropriate introduced no convenience. A serious drop off afforded us a view of the tops of bushes, 1000's of ft under. We have been driving on a path that was once not more than a slim ledge at the face of the mountain.
For a few cause identified merely to them, either horses insisted on jogging alongside the intense periphery of the path. They looked as if it would think more well-off at the facet, instead of being crowded by way of the wall. either Edie and that i came across ourselves sitting off middle and leaning just a little towards the wall. If our horses misplaced their footing, we was hoping with a view to bounce away from them and land at the path. A lump the dimensions of a softball threatened to choke me whenever 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 concept what lay prior to us . . . there has been no strategy to flip round . . . no approach to again the horses out of the place we have been . . . and at this aspect, dismounting used to be a actual impossibility end result of the shut proximity of the rock face and the slender width of the path. We either knew that we have been in a probably lifestyles 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 ways below.
That ugly notion was once nonetheless in my brain whilst our undesirable scenario grew decidedly extra advanced. As I all in favour of the path forward, my brain rejected what my eyes may possibly truly see. Thirty toes prior to us, the path easily disappeared! All i'll see past that time was once air . . . and many it. I questioned if Edie, who rode just a couple of ft in the back of me, observed what I observed . . . She did.
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A Distant Drum... by Andi Rae Mills