# 10 Sometimes, when we try to follow the blazes exactly, it ends in disaster.
See the bright blue blaze high on the tree to the left? Some are bracketed in black, others are just blue, but these markers are unmistakably offered to guide hikers (like me).
This week’s lesson came to me from Gillian (Jillian?), a fellow hiker who caught up to me at one point, chatted while I videotape her descent for last week’s lesson on “no absolutes” (#11), and went on her way. While I was videotaping her, I realized she was giving me a new lesson worth grabbing.
In the few minutes we interacted, I found a lovely respite from my trek. Thanks Gillian/Jillian.
Watch as she fills me in on a lesson she’d just learned after “landing on her butt,” that when you try to follow the blazes exactly, it can sometimes lead to disaster. Thanks again, Jillian (Gillian).
Warning: my voice is startlingly loud at first; it softens as we go on.https://janetgivens.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/13-IMG_1073.mov
We’ll see Gillian (Jillian) again in a future post.
How about you? Have you got a good “disaster” story from a time when you tried to “follow the blazes” exactly?
If you missed the earlier posts in this series, here are the links: