Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).
(Author: Ali Edwards)
Back in June, my husband and I visited Grand Tetons National Park. My moment for the year was on our hike to Inspiration Point. Actually, the moment happened after we decided to go past Inspiration Point and hike further up the mountain. It was June, and we hiked up high enough for me to slip and fall down in the snow. It was pure joy -- I didn't hurt myself at all, and instead of feeling embarrassed because I fell, it was such a rush to feel the rough, cold snow on my hands after being warm and sweaty from a hike, even in cool air that I couldn't stop giggling. The snow seemed to have a scent of its own, cold and sharp and a little pine-y. It was really quiet, because we had gotten past the point where most tourists turn around, and the snow seemed to absorb sounds. Everything was green and blue, even the mountains seemed a little bluish.
It was an exhilarating hike and I was having so much fun that I didn't want to turn around and head back for the start of the trail. We made the decision to turn around a little past the slip in the snow, because we wanted to get back for dinner at the lodge, and we got on the boat back across Jenny Lake just in time to feel the first raindrops start. For once, instead of being critical of it, I was grateful to my body for taking me on such a great adventure.