The Man I Can’t Live Without

If my life was a book there would certainly be many important characters, but one man would stand out. If I am the protagonist in my story then he is my partner, my side kick, my inspiration, my words of wisdom, my motivator, my guide, my heart, my lover and my whiner. He is unpredictable and for me, completely predictable (I often know exactly what he is thinking), throwing twists and wrenches into everything we do. He keeps things interesting and he makes things difficult, and by doing so he makes my life fulfilling and wild and full of laughter and light. Of course he is Kyle, the man I can’t live without.

The other day when we were snowshoeing out of Snoqualmie Pass one of the guys in the meet-up group that we ran into commented that snowshoeing was a great thing to do early on in a relationship to make sure we liked each other. The comment was directed at us. Kyle and I both kind of snorted and politely informed the man that this was not actually our first adventure together. Or our second, or our third in fact. It surprised me that the stranger automatically assumed that we were in a new relationship. Maybe it was the way we were chatting as we bounded up behind them or the energy with which we offered to break trail or the way we looked at each other or the fact that we were out adventuring together at all. Maybe, in his mind, couples that have been together for a while, have seen the worst and the best of each other, don’t do those things anymore. Maybe he is just bad at reading people.

Today is Kyle’s birthday. In this next year of his life we will climb mountains together (big mountains together). We will hike to incredible beautiful places. We will travel by car and airplane and bus. We will learn to river raft. We will support each other as we run races. We will take off on a great new adventure: marriage. Or maybe we won’t, maybe one of us will get injured and the other one will stay behind for company and love. Maybe we won’t have the money to do all the things we want to do. Or the time. Or our jobs won’t allow it. But no matter what happens we will have all the happiness, because we are together.

(Okay, that was REAL sappy, but I seriously love this dude so you get it, right? Now we can return to our regular program of adventure and gear and dehydrated meals. But every once in a while I have to get some heartfelt words off of my chest…)

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As Edward Abbey said, "An indoor life is the next best thing to a premature burial."

9 thoughts on “The Man I Can’t Live Without

  1. helllooo
    seem to remember kyle from trail this year. a couple i hiked with for a few days said a lovely thing to me on the trail this year.
    the only thing better than hiking the PCT was hiking the PCT with someone you love. copy that. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Happy Birthday to Kyle, and you can do sappy anytime! Good reminder to us old long-time married folks not to let things get stale. Today happens to be our 17th anniversary (2nd marriage for both of us; we are now in our 60’s). Clifford and I have camped, hiked, backpacked, traveled a lot in the last 17 years, so totally understand “He keeps things interesting and he makes things difficult……,” but the best, most beautiful, and most meaningful years of my life have been with and because of him. We are currently snow-birding, heading to Arizona from northern Idaho, living in a small camper for 8 months, looking forward to seeing new country before the trip is over. Always enjoy your blogs and photos – keep ’em coming!

  3. Great praise for an obviously great guy. When you finally become President, he will be a fine first gentleman (I haven’t forgotten).

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