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Small steps of love

Isaiah_35_1_image_picture, saiah_35_2_image_picture, Hells_Canyon, Wallowa_County Once again, Henri Nouwen provides his challenging insights into how even small steps of loving moves us into God’s light.

“How can we choose love when we have experienced so little of it?  We choose love by taking small steps of love every time there is an opportunity.  A smile, a handshake, a word of encouragement, a phone call, a card, an embrace, a kind greeting, a gesture of support, a moment of attention, a helping hand, a present, a financial contribution, a visit …  all these are little steps toward love.

Each step is like a candle burning in the night.  It does not take the darkness away, but it guides us through the darkness.  When we look back after many small steps of love, we will discover that we have made a long and beautiful journey.”  Henri Nouwen

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The Milford Track. Day 2: MacKinnon Pass Ascent

The second day on the Milford Track, although just nine miles, was the most challenging.  Between start and finish, Meg and I would ascend 2400 feet over MakKinnon Pass and then and descend 2800 feet, all in less then six miles. The weather began with a light rain, creating large numbers of water-wonderfalls. The the mist encompassed us as we began upwards on a rocky trail.  We felt that we were following the path of Bilbo and the Dwarves as they traveled to the Misty Mountains.

The New Zealand government commissioned Quintin MacKinnon in 1888 to push through a track so that tourists could travel from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound. Despite torrential rain, alternating with hot days, he succeeded in October, 1888.

The route is majestic and magical, rated one of the best in the world. The clouds cleared slightly at the top, treating Meg and me to breathtaking, other worldly views.

The descent is another story, and will be taken up in another post.

Meg in rain, after leaving Pamplona Lodge

Ascent to MacKinnon Pass

Hiker in the mist

Where are Bilbo and the Dwarves?

MacKinnon memorial

MacKinnon Pass

MacKinnon Pass