Wednesday, June 01, 2005

mount kinabalu high

my hubby gary and i make sure we go on an annual vacation-cum-honeymoon to rejuvinate, re-charge, and re-energize ourselves and our marriage...

this year, we decided to go on a trek up mount kinabalu with seven other adventurers, each with a different personality. it was not exactly the vacation we were used to. we didn't quite expect to laze around. on the contrary, we had to train for the trip physically, to beef up our strength, stamina and endurance. it was of course far from a honeymoon, having seven other people around...

nonetheless, the trek up mount kinabalu was an exhilirating experience, and quite an adventure. climbing up the highest peak of the highest mountain in all of southeast asia was no easy feat. it was a pretty tough climb especially for first time climbers like me and my hubby. yup, call us crazy. we had to climb 6km up on the first leg, then 3km more on the second leg the following day. the second leg started at 2:30 in the morning. it was dark. it was cold. it was pretty exciting and quite scary. with our group all geared up and ready to go, we held hands in prayer before the climb...
dear god, thank you for this day. thank you for all your blessings.
guide us as we go through this climb. keep us safe. protect us and
let nothing harm us along the way. keep us in the palm of your
hand. amen.

our group was joined by other climbers from different countries, of various shapes and sizes, young and old. all with one goal which is to reach the highest peak and experience the wonderful sunrise. however, as dawn broke, the sky was overcast and there was no sunrise in sight. i was not to be discouraged. sunrise or no sunrise, it was quite a site to behold... the different peaks looming like giants, slates smooth, slopes steep... just magnificent. truly overwhelming. then a huge and glorious rainbow came to view over st. john's peak... then another rainbow on top of it... a double rainbow... how amazing is that?... i teared...
dear god, thank you so much for your creation. thank you for
allowing me to witness all of these in my lifetime. thank you for
all of these.

now we are back home. our bodies ache and are tired from our adventure of adventures. but my spirit is so full.
thank you, dear creator.


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