I needed to climb. I needed to get above all the bullshit coming out of Washington if just for an hour or two. 1,000 feet of climbing to the top of John Rock in the Pisgah National Forest. There is no cell service in the middle of 513,000 acres just wind, clouds and today, snow.
I watched all the news programs this Sunday morning and got depressed and embarrassed for our country. I decided it was time to walk, time to get above the clouds and escape.
The John Rock Loop is a moderately difficult five mile hike. The terrain is rough and the climb is steep. I am not built for climbing or pedaling up hill but I am the king of coming downhill. But here is the thing, to get to the top for the view I have shared above, you got to do the work and climb.
This weekend, our new President decided that people, people from certain countries, people of a certain religion, people who had been in this country, who had been doing the work and who have been trying to climb above their circumstances weren’t welcome in my country. He made this proclamation with the stroke of a pen and smirk.
I am embarrassed for this country, my country. I am embarrassed that we would elect such a callous, and egotistical individual as President to lead this country. A man who causes pain for others with a smirk, a pen and a photo opp. A man that other countries, other citizens of the world believe speaks for me. He doesn’t and he won’t.
I am certain, over the next four years, I will be spending many hours on top of John Rock to find some peace, some comfort, to recharge my soul and to remember that Donald Trump is just one man and thank God not every man or every woman in this great country.
“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like any man, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” – Martin Luther King Jr.