But the thermos of coffee???? Nice on a cold, 23 degree morning, but not essential. So imagine my surprise last Wednesday morning when, as we strapped on our packs, Becca sticks her hand out and says, "give me your water and while you're at it, hand me the thermos of coffee I know you have hidden in that backpack. I'm carrying it for you." And despite my protests, she insisted on carrying one of my water bottles AND my coffee.
Now, granted, Becca is MUCH younger than me (a fact I forget as she is so settled and mature, she never SEEMS that much younger to me) and does backpack so is conditioned to carry a much heavier pack, but even so, hiking protocol dictates that each person is responsible for their own equipment and safety. This was above and beyond, a gesture which meant the world to me and one I'll never forget! This blog brought me Becca, a friendship I truly treasure!