By Andi Rae Mills
The unfastened rocks and tight switchbacks had price us valuable time. This used to be now not a spot we would have liked to get stuck after darkish. Edie and that i rode in silence as we negotiated the treacherous footing.
We had recognized we might face chance in this trip, yet I had by no means expected something just like the state of affairs we have been at the moment dealing with.
My senses appeared move stressed out. At a time while I must have logically been bordering on panic, i discovered myself engulfed in an eerie feel of calm. worry was once a luxurious we couldn’t come up with the money for in the intervening time. If we acquired off this mountain alive, there will be lots of time to be scared as we recalled the ordeal.
The path was once enormously slim. The climb were steep and rugged. we'd achieve an altitude in far more than seven thousand 400 ft as we rode the crest of Mt. Francis.
On our quick left, a sheer rock wall rose vertically with occasional outcroppings that jutted into the path. Our knees, now and then, rubbed the craggy rock face.
A look to the suitable introduced no convenience. A serious drop off afforded us a view of the tops of timber, countless numbers of ft lower than. We have been driving on a path that used to be not more than a slender ledge at the face of the mountain.
For a few cause recognized simply to them, either horses insisted on jogging alongside the extraordinary periphery of the path. They appeared to suppose more well-off at the part, instead of being crowded through the wall. either Edie and that i came upon ourselves sitting off middle and leaning somewhat towards the wall. If our horses misplaced their footing, we was hoping with a purpose to leap away from them and land at the path. A lump the dimensions of a softball threatened to choke me at any time when I heard a bit of the path collapse underneath our horse’s ft, sending rock and grime tumbling over the edge.
We had reached some degree of no go back. We had no concept what lay sooner than us . . . there has been no option to flip round . . . no method to again the horses out of the place we have been . . . and at this aspect, dismounting used to be a actual impossibility a result of shut proximity of the rock face and the slim width of the path. We either knew that we have been in a most likely lifestyles threatening scenario. If a cougar or a snake spooked the horses, we might all have a a method price tag to the rocky backside of the canyon a ways below.
That grotesque concept used to be nonetheless in my brain while our undesirable state of affairs grew decidedly extra complex. As I fascinated with the path forward, my brain rejected what my eyes might essentially see. Thirty toes prior to us, the path easily disappeared! All i may see past that time was once air . . . and many it. I puzzled if Edie, who rode just a couple of toes in the back of me, observed what I observed . . . She did.
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