Everyone has days in their lives that hold significance such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, the passing of loved ones. They are days to reflect on milestones, life changing events and loved ones. For me, one of the biggest is May 17th.
On May 17th, 2011, I started my hiking project along McDonald Creek. It was a typical Spring day in Montana that rained some and showed glimpses of the summer sun. It was the beginning of one of those events that has reverberated in my life every day since and I look back fondly on it.
One year later, I was getting ready to start another big project called marriage. The thought that it coincided with my previous year’s date with destiny came after. The date had significance to both my bride and I as both of our parents were celebrating their 37th wedding anniversaries on the same day. While I normally wouldn’t seek out the same anniversary date as my parents, the poetry of all three couples sharing the date was too delicious to pass up.
So this year on May 17th, 2013, Kristen and I celebrate our one year anniversary, both sets of parents 38th wedding anniversaries, and to a lesser degree, the two year anniversary of the first steps of Hike 734.