Hiking, in my opinion, is one of the only ways to survive the city. I don’t do it to escape the noise of the streets but to listen to the sounds of the wild. I don’t do it to forget about my worries, but to remember that there is so much more to life. I don’t do it for the exercise, but for the ways it strengthens my sense of wonder. I’m pretty much saying, if you don’t hike, you should.
Arizona has a much overlooked beauty that is so apparent here at Tom’s Thumb Trailhead. Once you get a bit higher you have the option of perusing the scenic route or to take on climbing some boulders, I take the latter.
I have always loved the story of Thumbelina, and how everything is so big to her, because she is only the size of a thumb. How small and insignificant she must have felt, while still being brave and never giving up. At Tom’s Thumb that day, I think I finally understood how she felt.
This is one of my favorite quotes that I’ll just leave for you here “…there is no way to prove that sperm whales or giant sequoias are not philosophers and poets far exceeding any human merit.” -Robert Heinlein from Stranger in A Strange Land.