“Never Give Up”: Plein Air at Dana Peak Trails

A seemly dead, gray cactus produced a flower that seemed to say "Never give up!".
A  lifeless, gray cactus produced a flower that seemed to say “Never give up!”.

With another day to prepare for the future hike on the Appalachian Trail, I headed back out the my stomping grounds: Dana Peak Trails.   Around mile 7, I saw this grey, dead cactus by the trail that, unbelievably, had a stunning flower.  I passed on walking for a while, but it stuck in my mind as a perfect statement never to give up.  Even if everything around you seems dull, gray and lifeless, life shows us it’s not our job to say, “I quit”. Rather, this was a perfect display of how we can live.  We can love all of life, the bad with the good, and when those who we love most pass away, we can carry them with us, explore, adventure and live fully, as they would want us to. We honor them by “never giving up”.

This painting is dedicated to my good friend, Renee (“Tall Timbers” trail name).  Honor him with a full life, Renee. – Trance.

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