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  • We hiked to Wolf Creek Falls. Any day at a waterfall is a good day. Billy was trying out his new camera, taking pictures of the falls. I was exploring the meander leading away from the falls. Some idiot had ditched a tire there and it was half in and half out of the water.

    I wanted to remove the tire but I would have to cross to the other side of the stream. My best option was to cross by way of fallen tree trunk. But it was high above the water -about five feet above. I climbed up and looked across, thinking I should be able to do this. After all, I'd walked and even cartwheeled on balance beams as a kid. Even now, I could stand in the Tree Posture and not even sway. Still, I wasn't feeling confident. Not at all. I don't feel old but I must be because my step was not as sure.

    "Wait until we have friends along in case you need to be carried out," Billy called to me. Joker. That's encouragement for you, but it was all I needed to set my mind to doing it. After all, you just put one foot in front of another.

    And so, one step at a time, with both arms out like the pole that a tightrope walker uses, I made it across to the other side, unscathed. I felt exhilarated. Billy applauded. I bowed with a flourish. Then I hauled the tire out of the water and stored it off by the side of a rock.

    Going back across the tree was easier because now I knew I could do it.

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