These boots are made for walkin’…

Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, is to be found in western Norway, but not without some effort.  Perched some 600 meters above the Lysefjord, it is a massive outcropping of rock with a nearly flat top hanging out over the water like a diving platform…no railings, no fences, nothing to keep the inattentive from tidying up the gene pool.  The hike up from the nearest parking area is only 2.4 miles, but you had better strap on your fortitude along with a stout pair of boots before setting out because it is steep, boulder-strewn, and in places not for the faint of heart.  At the top you may see people sitting casually on the edge of the precipice, dangling their legs and smiling for the camera, unaware or perhaps uncaring that some day that chunk of rock will slide down into the cold waters so far below.  If it happens at the right time of day, there could be dozens riding that particular wave on in to the next dimension.  With that cheery thought and the phrase “Darwin Awards” repeating in my mind like a skipped record, I scuttled on all fours towards the edge of eternity.  Turns out I lived after all, and I must admit the view from there is outstanding.  (12 June, 2011  Preikestolen, Rogaland, Norway)