Why I walk

Walking provides me with a way to stay connected with Sam.  He loved to hike and we loved to hit the trail together. When I made visits to see him in Colorado, he would always remind me to bring my boots. Jet lag and altitude adjustment be damned, he had me marching up a mountain on my first morning out there. Despite my exhaustion, those were treasured moments.

When Sam died, one of the first things that John, Henry and I did was take a hike. We flew to Colorado, hiked up a mountain and buried his ashes next to a beautiful lake.

Every year, on the anniversary of his death, the three of us take a hike and encourage his friends to do the same in his memory.  Being outside together, talking about Sam and retelling stories of his favorite things, gives us peace. Every year on those trips, we see something that lets us know that Sam is, indeed, with us. Last October, a black bear peered over the wall as we were pulling out of our parking space. As we left, he stood in the middle of the road, saying goodbye. We knew it was Sam.

5 thoughts on “Why I walk

  1. Kristen Hohman May 9, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    What a spectacular way to honor Sam. I wish you a wonderful journey. Sending hope you meet new friends, enjoy nature, and find peace.

  2. I am sorry I didn’t get to see you off !! I was in PA for a few weeks and fly back tomorrow for a week or 2 to close up house. My thoughts are with you on this
    journey ! We both Know this horrible path our sons have had to walk. Your walk
    will let others know and will help us all.
    I am following you not with my feet but with my heart.

  3. Patty McGuigan May 11, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Loved that story and You all are amazing … gave me “ goosebumps “ , Sam always with you guys ! Love you … Patty

  4. Trish – I heard about your trek through the CU Collegiate Recovery Center (CUCRC) and wow, just wow! I am in awe of your strength, willingness and honesty to embark on such a challenging journey. You are a truly an inspiration to all. Thank you for your openness to discuss your decision to walk and allowing us to come on this journey with you.

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