I was feeling a little down today, so I decided to get out my old laptop computer and log onto my graphics design program. Creating graphic designs is one of the best ways I have found to change my mood for the better.
As my Printmaster program opened, this picture came up on the screen… along with a lot of memories. My husband took this photo a little over nine years ago, as we were hiking through White Sands National Monument with our rescued cattle dog, Lady.
The night before this picture was taken, we were driving on an icy, dark, isolated mountain road in the southern part of New Mexico when we were stopped by a sheriff’s deputy and the border patrol and arrested at the point of assault rifles. After they ran our driver’s licenses they realized we weren’t the outlaws they were looking for and we were promptly released, with profuse apologies.
Although it was over very quickly, it was a terrifying experience — especially for two people with PTSD, both of whom have a history of trauma involving guns! Hiking through White Sands the next day put us right again.
I think it’s time for another hike. Lady isn’t with us anymore, she went over the rainbow bridge in 2015. But we have two other rescue dogs that have never been to White Sands. 🐩 🐕
PS: After our hike, we stopped by the Sheriff’s office to thank them for everything they do to keep the public safe, often at great risk to themselves, and to assure the Sheriff that there wouldn’t be any blow back from us over the false arrest. The Sheriff was surprised, to say the least. But they were looking for a heavily armed, violent man who happened to be driving a vehicle identical to ours, so the mistake was understandable. And thankfully, nobody was hurt, although we were scared half to death, for a few minutes!
Hiking through the incredible beauty of God’s creation — it does a body good.