After filling our bellies and water bottles, it was time to hit the trail.
No idea what they're getting themselves into...
We made a quick camp beside the trail just after sunset, ate our dinners, and discussed our reading on Pride & Humility for the day.
According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil. Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
We marched off to our tents & steeled ourselves for a long hike the next day.
"Give us this day our daily bread
the manna without which he who struggles all the more
goes backward through this bitter wilderness..."
Purgatorio, Canto XI
Perhaps you were expecting room service?
Envy & Mercy
Alas! Because your neighbor is advancing, will you fall back? Ah! If you would love in him the virtues which you do not find in yourself, you would share in them through charity; the profit of his labors would also become yours.
Venerable Louis of Granada, OP
We rose at 5 a.m. to put as many miles behind us as we could before the heat of day. We broke camp and hiked under the stars for an hour or two before daybreak. Tiny glittering lights would appear along the trail in the light of our headlamps--only to become the jeweled eyes of tiny spiders observing us in silence as we passed beside them.