Thanksgiving Climbers

posted by Sharon November 27, 2012 12 Comments
Mission Trails

Have you ever watched a rock climber? Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we hiked up a steep trail above the San Diego River on a brisk, sunny autumn day.

When we first glimpsed the rock climbers, they seemed to be alone, hanging off  the rock face. They appeared to be in a precarious position high above the river, scanning for a hand hold, a secure foot hold.

But a little ways further up the trail we found they weren’t alone at all. A team stands below every climber, holding the rope.

The team members and the climber communicate by shouting directions and cautions and “Whoa” and “Help!” These happy team members encourage the climber, yell advice, and never ever let go of the rope that connects them to the person high on the rocks.

Teams can include dogs.

Even extra-helpful dogs with backpacks.

Everyone below kept careful track of the climber’s progress.

How about you? Who is on your team as you climb life’s cliffs? Think of the people who stand by in case you stumble, whenever you need help. This season of Thanksgiving is a good time to say thank you to them. Because no one climbs alone. We all need that lifeline that connects us. We all need to keep communication lines open. If you have a furry friend on your team, your life is probably all the richer, too.

As we move from Thanksgiving to Christmas holidays, wishing you joy and memorable times with your “team” this season.

Linking up with This or That Thursday, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, Communal Global and Texture Tuesdays. Photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures And Then Some and Shine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Comments

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JillB November 27, 2012 at 6:27 am

Wow – great images! I didn’t realize so many people were involved in supporting the climbers.

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Tina´s PicStory November 27, 2012 at 9:05 am

great shots! 🙂

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Desktop Dreams November 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

Brave climbers and it’s great that there is such a strong community lovely ….

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin November 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Wow, that is an adventure! I love rock climbing, but the nice quiet inside a rock gym kind!

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Barb November 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Oh how scary looking! Great shots and story. But when I read your words – I was amazed and it left me thinking about who was holding my rope…

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lifewithkaishon November 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Holy wow. What an incredible climb. I had a friend in college who loved climbing. He took me once. I got scared for him just waiting on the ground. Beautiful message : )

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Sherry Galey November 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Great story telling images and love your use of metaphor!

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Currie Silver November 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm

wondrous story in amazing pictures. I will BE thinking on your question… seems when one lives solo it can sort of “slip” away… this team thing, but really, I never worry.

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Ana Eugenio November 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm

so true: no one climbs alone. thank you for reminding me once more of my blessings. amazing post. I was there by your side, learning all about team work 😉 xxo

Ana @ wonderland

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Becs November 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Wow, amazing images. I am not great with heights and have huge admiration for anyone who does this. Love the photos and the processing.

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Linda Kittmer November 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Wonderful post Sharon. And yes, I know who my team is and I’m so grateful to them for always being here for me.

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Mama Zen November 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Fantastic shots!

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