Monday, September 04, 2006

Awed by inability

Several parts of a group of climbers came by us while we were lounging on the rocks at Chilao Flat. The leader of last three stragglers was a girl who had no sense at all of where the trail was. These are trails used by hikers, bikers, horses, dogs and climbers. Big, wide, honking obvious trails. She made an obvious mistake right in front of us, one that required a lot more effort than following the footsteps in the sand would have required. Then she asked us a couple of times if she should go down the wrong side of the hill. As she left she called after the group in front of her to wait. I thought, if she is that group's best trail follower... Then I realized that was impossible, because there can't possibly be two people in the world worse at following trails than her.

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