This weekend as we explored the hills of Ohio as a family, I explored more than just nature.
As we climbed hundreds of rocks steps and paths deep into the gorges of Hocking Hills State Park, our eyes absorbed amazing creation; natural formations out of rock, amphitheater style caves with sandstone beaches as floors. There were trickling waterfalls, giant rock formations that looked like the Sphinx, and hills that seemed impossible to pass. It was all a little surreal and truthfully...sweaty.
It was a balmy 90 degrees during most of our hilly hikes. The weather was just another discomfort to our journey. We knew we wanted to see more, explore more, and climb to the top...then back down to the riverbed. Isaac was a trooper. Most small children we passed were moving slowly, dragging their feet, asking for water...Isaac led the way, looking back hardly ever. He kept us busy rushing to grab him by the back of the shirt at a steep edge. But, I was more proud at his fearless tenacity. He kept us pressing on. Despite the obstacles.
To top off our adventure, we took a family zipline course. Strapping in our harnasses, we set out to battle with a literal obstacle course of wires, ropes, carabiners, bridges and swings, all suspended in the air.
I have never ever seen a more focused Isaac as when he faced those challenges. Never have I been more self-conscious of my own inability to freely give all to my task. And never have I been more amazed too watch.
I have said it once, and I will say it again. My son is a miracle.
Maybe it was because we were in nature--awesome creation upon awesome creation--that is why this all stood out like it had been highlighted in neon yellow. Isaac was the awesome cherry creation on the very top of a glorious sundae of inspiration.
I watched my son climb across those tightropes, never taking his eyes off of the next goal--the platform at the end. I watched as he scaled 100's of stone steps, uneven, and wide even for adult sized legs, not looking back. I listened, after having conquered the obstacles, as he freely shouted as he and our guide zipped down a final 500 feet of line over a lake and a field: "THIIIIIISSS ISSSSS AWESOMMMMEEE!!!!!"
Yes, Isaac, it was. And so are you.
|Isaac and I at Old Man's Cave|
|Ready for action! Show me those ziplining muscles!|
|Exploring with big bro Ethan|