had the privilege to meet Sarah in Zig Zag Canyon while hiking back
to Timberline Lodge from Paradise Meadows as part of the first group
from our party of six. Sarah was bundled up in her raincoat with
just her face peeking out. As we talked briefly about which direction
each of us was heading, the weather and hot cocoa at the lodge,
it was her face that gave me a hint of the type of person Sarah
was all smiles, happy and content to be outdoors and hiking, even
in the rain. Her eyes were very bright and friendly, paying attention
to our conversation, leaving me with the feeling she truly cared
and listened to other people. Sarah was calm and collected that
day as we talked and said our goodbyes, mature beyond her years.
It was clear Sarah was someone who cared, someone who gave and someone
who loved her life.
accept my sympathy for the loss of such a special loved one. I had
a feeling of emptiness that could only be explained by the impression
Sarah left with me in just a few short minutes of conversation.
It was that face, peeking out of her raincoat that said so much
about who she was without a single word having to be spoken.