APRIL 11

APRIL 11

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

April 11

Nothing could have prepared me for the rugged terrain of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia.

I had arrived in Santiago as planned to meet my 73-year-old husband, Larry, who had been backpacking on his own through the park. But Larry didn’t show up.

Park rangers began a search, and a month later, Larry’s body was found.

Because I wanted to get a sense of what my husband was feeling before he died, I made arrangements for a seven-day trek with two guides. After ascending cliffs, descending over rocks, and fighting through mud and vines, we arrived at the spot where Larry’s body was found.

I created a makeshift marker out of some stones and sat in silence. Soon my tears weren’t of sadness but of joy in celebration of the wonderful life we had together. From Larry, I had learned to persevere in difficult circumstances and to accept the challenges with a sense of humor and always with a strong sense of adventure. This journey was a summation of Larry’s life spent tirelessly in pursuit of challenges, both intellectually and physically. These seven days and 70 miles were a tribute to his boundless spirit.

Adele Carney

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