“I’ve had so many epiphanies out here. Absolutely! I’m a Christian by faith, but I’m not threatened by having discussions with people from other spiritual backgrounds. I wouldn’t say I was a religious person, because I don’t think true Christianity is a religion. It is a relationship with God. It’s a spirituality. It opens you up to love everyone and all creation. That’s what true Christianity is.”
Rummy is one of over 60 “voices” you will hear in my new book, Voices of The Colorado Trail. Her interview continues below her picture.
“I completely agree that the Universe is pure love. It is suppose to be love and unity with everything. I was having a conversation with another hiker a couple of weeks ago. He said that the higher perspective we get, the more unified the Universe becomes. So, you and I are separate beings here. But, if you move up in perspective, we are actually one thing. Spiritually speaking, if you can gain the perspective of God, then we are all one. All the things that cause disunity, and make me believe I am different from you, are illusions and falling short of love. I think that is what God wants to teach us, that I am you, and you are me.
The best thing about being out here is the people you meet. There is such a large variety of people. Everyone leaves behind what they define themselves with. People just seem to be who they really are out here. Nobody has an idea of you before you meet them and you just get to be yourself. People accept you for who you are.
I didn’t go up on San Luis peak there. I’m not a climber. I don’t climb the 14ers. I just don’t care. This elevation here is just fine with me. I don’t need to go higher. For one thing, I’m not a huge fan of the exposure. I do like to hike, though. I’m trying to catch that guy who just came by with that nine pound back. He is famous on the AT, but he knows I’m after him and trying to catch him. I’m going to do it, too.
I started out with with expensive, Gore-Tex, hiker shoes. But, I got blisters on both pinkies, both heels, and my toenail fell off yesterday. The pain was really slowing me down. So, I switched to this setup in Breckenridge. I also hiked in Birkenstock plastic flip-flops for 70 miles. I just couldn’t hike in those expensive shoes any more. Each step was…aaahhhh! But, what are you going to do?!