Two thousand feet above Bishop, CA, with 360 degrees of scenic paradise, is a climbing area known as The Druid Stones. Living only 30 minutes away from this place, I was surprised I had not yet been here; so when the husband was home from work last week, we decided we should finally go check it out. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, we did not check the weather first. This quickly became an adventure.
We parked our vehicle at the base of a steep hillside and tipped our heads back to check out the trail ahead. At the time, the weather was a favorable 55-60 degrees, sun shining, nice and warm. As we began our steep ascent up, we found ourselves quickly sweating our asses off. We stopped a couple of times to catch our breaths and continued on. Did I forget to mention we were carrying way too much climbing gear, lunch AND a toddler?
Well, we finally made it up. Here they were. The ever so beautiful Druid Stones with some of the most magnificent views of the Owens Valley and the Eastern Sierras I have ever seen. Along with the awe inspiring views were 30+ mile an hour winds that were blowing our sail-like, pack-carrying figures around like rag dolls. After a 45 minute trek in his pack, Bodhi was eager to get off my husbands back and on to level ground. It was time he explored this new territory himself.
Blake set Bodhi down on the ground just in time for a large gust of wind to come and literally pick Bodhi up and toss him into a nearby sage bush. Being a freightened mother, I immediately ran to Bodhi’s side to see if he was ok. Of course he’s ok! He’s laughing his little head off as if he has just had the ride of his life. This moment right here was a very proud mommy moment. One I won’t ever forget.
As the winds blew, we debated whether or not we should stay. Would we enjoy it? Bodhi is having a flipping blast. We should find somewhere to hide, have our lunch, and climb a couple boulders. We did just that. Bodhi cruised around with his chalk bag, boulder brushes, occasionally being blown over by the larger gusts of wind; and we climbed a few awesome boulders. What I thought was going to be a nightmare situation turned into being an awesome experience. The three of us had a blast, explored a place we had never been before despite the “unfortunate” weather, and then went for a lovely afternoon soak in some nearby hot springs. Quite the day I must say.
A side note: The very week he was born, Blake and I started taking Bodhi on climbing trips and all kinds of adventures. He quickly became one of the most tolerant and obedient kids I have ever known. Daily, I am blown away by his perseverance as well as his inner yearning to explore in nature. I never thought that someone could be inspired by a toddler, but here I am, lovingly inspired by the happiness and personal strength of a 1.5 year old.