the thrill of victory … the agony of da feet

The afternoon began innocently enough with a beautiful overlook view family selfie at Black Rock Mountain State Park in north Georgia … the highest state park in Georgia.


My happy and unsuspecting picnickers had no clue that Papa was about to unknowingly and unintentionally mess with their tranquility …

DSC01056You see … Papa had planned a nice springtime 2.2 mile hike around and over the summit of Black Rock Mountain. While rated moderate to difficult (my wife has requested the following editorial addition … omitted in my original) by experienced hikers … which should have been our first clue.  My assessment … surely it couldn’t be too bad.  As you can tell below, my grandkids seemed confident at the trail head.

DSC01065Unfortunately it is difficult to capture in picture all the moaning and groaning that ensued for the next couple of hours … at one point, I actually began to wonder how in the world I was going to get my four ex-hiking partners back to the car.

But the phrase made so popular around the world by the Wide World of Sports, ‘The thrill of victory … ‘ was experienced when we reached the mountain summit about a mile and a half in …


and then once again a few hundred yards later with the breathtaking view from Tennessee Rock …


Finally after completing the 2.2 mile loop, my former hiking partners decided to express their displeasure with Papa’s trail choice by posing themselves for a trail’s end group photo they insisted I take … let me reiterate … this was their idea.

DSC01087Oh my … “the agony of da feet”.

Happy trails!


About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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2 Responses to the thrill of victory … the agony of da feet

  1. jimdavenport says:

    I smiled from the first word of the blog. These are memorable events that will last a lifetime for the grandchildren. You and Sheryl are blessed Bernie wonderful grandparents! Jim D.

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