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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Best Laid Plans. . . .!

I just had a email from my brother, Richard saying he and Carol were ending  their hike of the Mountain to Sea Trail in North Carolina.  Ever since they started it has rained in the mountains and Carol's continuous wet feet has been a problem.  Due to her cancer therapy her feet and hands were left sensitive and the wetness  made the problem worse.  They began the hike knowing that this could be a problem.

If this was the only problem, I suspect they might have rested until the weather cleared and continued but they learned that their daughter, Heather, was also having a crisis in her life. Here beloved Rottweiler dog has been diagnosed as having bone cancer. They must have learned this when the contacted her to give her information to post about their hike. Richard and Carol wanted to be with Heather at this time.

Heather's dog is not only a much love companion and pet it is a trained "therapy dog" which Heather could take into schools, hospitals and nursing homes as therapy for clients.

I can only imagine how badly Heather must feel. If the three Robinson girls I have always considered Heather the sensitive one.  Laura, is the serious one, (the fate of all first born children) and Andrea is the  silly one, as the youngest to be free to be funny and playful.  Heather I am sure would appreciate the support of her parents. She is trying to do the final polishing of her doctoral dissertation  in the field of counselling and therapy. 

I suspect the time will come when Richard and Carol will return to finish the hike from the  mountains to the sea.

Heather and her wonderful dog.

The Canadian Geese when they finished the Appalachian Trail in 2010

Note:  Several people seemed interested in following along with Richard and Carol, as I was. If you would like to read a little about their AT  trek and view the many photo you can find them both here.
I enjoy looking at the photos. If you drop down the dated list fo photos there is a brief description of each.


At 10:36 a.m., Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Sorry about all of their problems, but they say that the only failure is in not trying.

At 2:47 p.m., Blogger KGMom said...

Thanks for the trail update, but sorry for the interruption and the reasons for it.
Hoping that things work out for Heather's dog (they really are humans' best friends) and for Carol's hands & feet.

At 5:17 p.m., Blogger Owen Gray said...

Having to change plans doesn't mean they won't return to the quest, Philip.

It only means for now that the time wasn't "ripe."

At 8:06 a.m., Blogger possum said...

Sorry their plans had to be interrupted, but given the heat, perhaps it is a hidden blessing that they quit.
It is 80 here at 8 AM and that is with a light breeze off the ocean. I have had to quit my morning chores (mostly watering)and now have to change into dry clothes - no not rain, sweat. YUCK! Did I mention it is only 8 AM? Gonna be close to 100 again today.

So sorry about the dog... I understand how hard that must be. It is wonderful they can be with her.


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