May 05, 2020

Tevas On Timp

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Written by Caroline Weiler

Two summers ago, I set out to run the Timpooneke Trail around Mount Timpanogas. I had planned to make a 19-mile loop up to the base of Timpanogas, coming down past Stewart Falls and then back up the Alpine Loop to my car. As I pulled into the crowded parking lot in the late morning heat, I realized I had made a terrible mistake- I had forgotten my running shoes. As I sat there, cursing myself out for forgetting the only piece of equipment necessary for the day’s event, I glanced in the backseat and discovered my little orange Tevas sitting innocently on the cushion. Without much further thought, I strapped on my stylish summer footwear and set out, convinced I could still salvage the day.

The ranger at the information booth didn’t seem too hopeful about my success with the minimal attire I dawned, and almost everyone I encountered on the trail commented about what was fastened to my feet. I made my way up the trail, dodging roots and rocks, soaking in the scenery and the wild landscape before me. Most of the time I forgot about the Tevas, until someone would shout, “Sandals! You’re crazy!” making me laugh at the situation.

By the end of the 19 miles my feet were covered in a combination of dirt and blisters, and a rather bloody pinky toe from an encounter with a scree field. But by the end of those 19 miles I also learned a few valuable lessons I think can be related to the conservation efforts at Save Our Canyons. I learned that we are capable of doing much more than we may think, even with limited resources. Strapping on my Tevas could be the equivalent of signing a petition to save Grizzly Gulch, donating to Save Our Canyons, participating in a canyon cleanup or voting for your local or federal congressmen. I was doubtful if my Tevas would hold up on the rough mountainous terrain, but was pleasantly surprised what they could accomplish when put to the test. I believe the same can be said for small acts of conservation work resulting in larger accomplishments.

Lastly, I learned that it’s important not to postpone action when we have the desire to act. I could have driven back to Salt Lake and come down another day, but choosing to act then created a memorable experience. Don’t wait to take action when it comes to the worthwhile cause of preserving and caring for the places you love.

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