HONORING FALLEN SOLDIERS AND OTHER WAR VICTIMS OVER THE CENTURIES
Today, June 28, is a very special day in history (JUNE 28, ST VITUS DAY… A MOMENTOUS DATE IN HISTORY). So this afternoon, while Elizabeth took her kids and grandkids to a circus in downtown Phoenix, I headed up to McDowell Mtns over Scottsdale.
This time, I went to the backside mountains (east), where the trailhead for a pretty arduous hike to Tom’s Thumb begins (see CLIMBING UP TO TOM’S THUMB, NOV 22, 2013 and EASTER UNDER TOM’S THUMB, EASTER PARTY, APRIL 20, 2014).
The weather was good but hot. The temps ranged from 105F to 108F, higher at lower elevations.
I made it to just under the Thumb, elevation 3,500 ft, before deciding to turn back. I wanted to make sure I had enough left in my gas tank to get back down to the trailhead. Take a look at how small Pinnacle Peak looks from this vantage point, and then compare to the shots from ground up the last time I climbed it (below).
PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD AND LIVING
‘You’ll have to keep coming back and dying countless times until you also learn it was all for naught.”
“You all gave your lives in pursuit of glory and honor, or for domination of one over another,” I said. “As I had also done countless times in my past lifetimes. But now those of you who have ascended know it was for naught. We were all all just actors in a play without beginning or end. Until we learn to write our own ending – in love and light not blood.”
“So I salute all those who realize that today, And to those who are still trying to get the upper hand battling one another, I say, ‘I also pray for you to learn sooner rather than later: that you’ll have to keep coming back and dying countless times until you also learn it was all for naught’.”
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Pinnacle Peak – from the ground up
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