My appellation of The Gallivanting Goddess is not for naught, however. Yesterday reminds me of the courage and power within me, that forms a generous part of my character. I can't claim some great adventure or lost in the woods story, but I did get lost in the woods--the woods of Austin. It's not like I could not have turned back or found the path; I was never far from a main road even. But the little trek I made really brought to focus what would be required of me during a major thru-hike of hundreds or thousands of miles. The path was taking me further and further from my house, more west than east. I couldn't find a place to cross the river that I felt was safe. I was bushwhacking in shorts rather than pants, with thorns and shrub and densely packed trees and bushes both on and off the path. I knew the direction in which I wanted to go, but couldn't locate a path that took me back east. Honestly, once I realized I had taken the wrong branch of the greenbelt, I was determined to find a way, rather than backtrack. Keens have great anti-skid tread, but I really needed to be wearing long pants and hiking boots for this side journey. The sun was setting as well. I thought to myself: "If I can't deal with this little amount of wildness, even though I am inadequately prepared and clothed, how will I deal with true hardships along a long distance trail?" That kept me going. I had no idea where a path might be found again, what was on the other side of the river, and if any of it was even passable. I was also a little nervous, when wondering if there were any violent, crazy people out. Then that led me to feel angry that I live in a country where I can't even feel safe in my own backyard, because I was pretty much tramping through the area behind my house! I can't stand not feeling safe in this country! Anyway, I found a narrow point in the river, where the water was only knee-deep and was able to cross. That could have been dangerous because the water was rushing pretty quickly. A blown over tree provided me with a sturdy staff, which I used for stability.