Bearwaller Gap Trail
Yes, life is serious but not everything is going to turn out as planned, so be prepared for things to go wrong and be able to laugh at yourself.
trying to take a selfie with dogs, haha
To make mistakes is human; to stumble is common place; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.
-William Arthur Ward
So, let’s discuss the money shot briefly. You know the one. Our lives are full of ordinary and therefore, we all desire to capture those treasured moments, those omg moments, the trophy you will put on your memory mantel. The money shot is that shot that capsulizes the kiss, that look, that graduate with the diploma, that awesome view from the summit. That sunset over the water shot. The money shot deserves a quick review because you will likely never get another chance.
My oldest son's money shot
Lovely trail only one hour from Nashville
Okay, I made that critical mistake and didn’t review my pictures until my oldest son and I got home from our hiking trip to the Bearwaller Gap trail hike near Carthage, Tennessee. Home of Al Gore, you know him, he invented the internet, yeah that former vice president. I know, quit laughing, I had no idea. What, I’m supposed to know or feel that there is something disgusting on my face? There were circumstances though. It had to be a selfie, because someone had to hold the dogs. Goodness, you wouldn’t want your dogs sniffing-jacking around on the top of a cliff with a crazy deadly drop off.
Winslow on the trail
I felt pretty good about our 3-hour hike. My choice of a nearby trail unknown to me turned out pretty good. Time with my oldest son, a good workout and unbelievable weather for Tennessee in February! Back home after a dinner with both my sons, my youngest was able to break away from his studies and join us for some Thai food. Okay, finally home and ready to enjoy my pictures. I was so excited only to see something, well disgusting. Then I broke out into laughter. My goodness what the heck is that? It wasn’t something on the lens. It wasn’t something I wanted to share with you. It felt good to laugh, even if it was at myself.
Winslow and Lim Seng on the trail
Dick Van Dyke is quoted as saying:
You have to be able to laugh at yourself. Attitude is almost more important than what happens to you.
Tyler and I at the beginning of the trail (south to north)
So, carry on Sparkers and allow yourselves to laugh, even if its at our own expense. And if you are reading this on the west coast, I hope this serves as a short bedtime story for you.