Katelyn was such a joy to meet. I wished her and her family well, and then they were off. I inched further along, but then realized that I was pushing it too much and couldn’t continue. I was going to hurt myself badly if I tried to do more.
I had heard about the Sub Dome steps. The leader from one of the hiking groups I’m in had told me that the Sub Dome steps are enough to make you curse. He’s a professional hiker and in great shape. If those steps were difficult for him, I just knew there was no way I’d make it. Plus, there was no sign of my group and I was certain that they had gone up the cables by then.
My backpack was ridiculously heavy and I just wanted to find a place to sit down and wait for everyone. Just as I was about to find that seat on the sidelines, I heard a familiar voice call my name. I looked up and saw Bre heading toward me.
Oh no, they’re already coming back. I bet they’re so upset with me for just now making it here.
I felt horrible and embarrassed. But Bre was glowing, oozing with joy, and…smiling?
“Joyce, we waited for you!”
You did what?
“Oh, no,” I said. “You shouldn’t have done that.”
I was thinking that the entire group was held up waiting for me. I wanted to find the nearest rock to hide under.
“I thought y’all had gone up by now and were heading back down.”
“No,” Bre said. “Andy, Mike and I waited, but the rest of them went up. I was going back to get you so that the four of us could go up together.”
There are absolutely no words to describe what happened next.