My husband, Steven, and I chose to celebrate our wedding anniversary hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
It was a perfect late-October day; the sky was crystal blue, the sun was shining warmly down upon us, the leaves in the trees and on the ground were every color of the fall spectrum.
Everything about the day was ideal. The best part by far, in my eyes, was that I was on another Adventure, in the Great Outdoors, with my Best Friend in the Whole Wide World.
Now, I ask you, how cool is that? I couldn’t dream of a better way to celebrate our anniversary.
We started up the narrow trail heading to Laurel Falls, an 80 foot waterfall. Our destination was 3 miles, roundtrip, and an elevation of 2250 feet.
It was a moderate hike; a steep incline, not too strenuous, but a stretch of the legs, none the less.
As we made our way upward, we nodded and said ‘hello’ to fellow hikers as we passed them coming down the mountain.
One couple we passed stopped to warn us, ‘Watch out, there’s a bear up there, on the path. We saw him a few minutes ago as we started back down.’
I turned back to look at Steven. Our eyes met. I was filled with excitement, as I said to him, ‘How cool is that? Wouldn’t that be great? Seeing a black bear, Smokey the Bear, while hiking in the Smoky Mountains? That would make this hike a memorable one.’
We continued our hike, while taking in all the scenery and keeping our peepers peeled for the bear.
We made it to Laurel Falls where we took in the view and traded cameras with other hikers to get pictures taken.
We spent a few minutes making small talk with the others; exchanging details of where everyone was from, along with recommendations for local restaurants and other sights and trails.
The crowd began to thin, rapidly. Once reaching the falls, it surprised me how quickly most people left.
C’mon, people, really? Are our attention spans really that short?
I was amazed by their drive-thru mentality. Hurry-up and get there; zip-in, zip-out and away with ye.
Most of the hikers spent very little time taking in the natural beauty of the sights, the sounds, textures and the scents which surrounded them.
Instead, they took a quick photo or two, turned around and began heading back down the Smokies again.
Our fellow hikers didn’t allow themselves the gift of being present or appreciating the moment. I was sad for them, but happy for us that we were certainly in no hurry.
Our present was being present. I agree that hiking, just like Life, is about the journey. But, I also believe it’s about taking it all in and appreciating the destination, once you finally get there.
Steven and I found a large rock, where we decided to immerse ourselves in our surroundings. The sound of the waterfall was mesmerizing. It could have easily lulled me to sleep.
The air smelled so fresh and crisp, with a touch of moss, tossed in. You could definitely smell the fall weather in the air.
Steven and I spent the next few moments together in silence, recording our memories into our bodies, minds and spirits.
When we were both done, he shared with me, ‘That was really beautiful, but I have to say, I’m pretty bummed that we missed the bear. It would have made this trip unforgettable, if we had seen that bear.’ I told him I agreed.
Then I offered this to him, ‘Hey, you want to see the black bear and I want to see the black bear. We both believe in the Law of Attraction. I know we can manifest the bear, together. What do you say? Do you want to help me manifest a black bear?’
I smiled, giggled and offered him my hand to hold. Steven took my hand and shot his dimpled smile at me.
There we sat, on a big rock in the middle of the Smoky Mountains, under an incredible October sky, manifesting Smokey the Bear to join us. We both closed our eyes and visualized for about 3 or 4 minutes.
We silently imagined every conceivable detail of our encounter. We felt all the emotions associated with seeing the bear on the mountain.
No, fear was not one of our emotions; excitement, anticipation, awe, those were the emotions we were feeling.
We placed ourselves into the experience and we focused on our end result, which was manifesting our anniversary black bear!
We prepared to leave, so we could make it down the mountain before the sun set. As we were heading down the trail, a couple with a two year old child was making their way back towards us.
We thought they might have forgotten something because they had started down the mountain about 10 minutes earlier.
They looked a little flustered as they shared with us, ‘You’re not going to believe this, but there’s a bear coming this way, right up the middle of the trail.’
Steven and I turned towards one another and we both smiled from ear-to-ear. ‘Did you hear him? There’s a bear coming right towards us, up the middle of the trail.’
As the couple and their young son retreated behind us, Steven and I cautiously and carefully, started slowly down the path.
Within a few minutes, we saw what appeared to be a teen-age to young adult black bear, methodically lumbering towards us.
Given its size (about 3 to 3 ½ feet, at the shoulder) and weight (about 250 pounds) we were especially careful that Mama Bear might be close-by, chaperoning our encounter.
At 20 feet, we were close enough from Smokey the Bear, to witness its powerfully long claws and its deceivingly soft and cuddly-looking fur.
Steven took pictures to document our Adventure, while I stood by, watching in amazement, with electricity surging through my body.
Not long after it began, Smokey decided to create its own vertical path, right down the side of the mountain. He was gone in a flash. All told, our black bear encounter lasted a total of 3 to 3 ½ minutes.
Steven and I hugged and kissed each other, whispering in one another’s ear, ‘We did it. Together, we manifested a bear. Wasn’t that incredible? Isn’t the Universe amazing?’
Each of us gave thanks to the Universe for our special shared experience.
It reinforced that we are magnetic, magical manifest-ers and we are blessed by the Universe and all its beauty, grace and abundance.
If we can manifest a bear, certainly you can draw your dreams into your current reality.
What are you waiting for? Times a wasting…so have at it!
What do you want to draw into your life? You can make it happen.
I know you can.
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