Matt's pick of how to spend our last whole day together before deployment was a hike. It was beautiful. There was a good amount of water in the river--enough to make some waterfalls--and little things were growing and budding and thriving.
in the valley, these buds were growing on beautiful orange and red branches in the wide part of the river.
Up higher, in the cracks of the rocks that run down to the river, mosses and things and something a lot like an onion were growing.
Here's our group, at our furthest-up point. It's good to be together, in the beauty of these places.
This Live-Forever reminded me of the tenacious power of life to hold on. If it's making it in just a little crack on the side of a vertical rock, we can all make it through this deployment (even if it's to a war that feels ill-conceived, at best...).