So this is all about setting out on a quest. Except … not to put too fine a point on it … I’ll accept that life is a quest, but going for a hike — even as a group — is taking a hike. Unless it happens you have Sauron’s One Ring To Rule Them All in your duffel and you’re on you way to Mordor, then Mt. Doom. Where you and your duffel (and The Ring) are planning to leap into the volcano.

Otherwise, you’re out for a day of good, healthy exercise, not a quest. It might even constitute a journey. Still not a quest. I don’t know anyone who has quested. Long trips to foreign shores? Yes. Quest. Not really.


Maybe my mother was on a quest. She was always looking for the absolutely best prices on some really fine Italian wool (she was a tailor) and while she was at it, tried to determine what was the best things to buy in which cities of which countries. Maybe, for her, it was a quest … but I think it was a series of great vacations with a lot of shopping. Call me crazy.

What happens when you come to the end of your quest? Because … every trip, journey, high, whatever you choose to call it will come to an end. You come to the top of the mountain, the end of the path. Even complete the final leg of your journey to enlightenment. It happens. I hope you’ve got plan B.


The ship comes into the harbor and ties up at the pier. The passengers depart, taking their gear with them. The hikers come home, put their feet up and start posting pictures on Instagram.


I participate in WordPress' Weekly Photo Challenge 2016
I participate in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge 2016

14 thoughts on “QUESTING”

  1. Like your photos. Life is just one big quest, from making breakfast, looking out the window to see if there is anything interesting (to photograph) and switching on the computer to see what happened when we were sleeping. I am even on a quest when I go shopping.

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  2. “. . . Unless it happens you have Sauron’s One Ring To Rule Them All in your duffel and you’re on you way to Mordor, then Mt. Doom . . .” This is great – had me laughing. Agree with your view on the topic. I’m having a problem deciding on a photo to put up that is worthy of the caption “Quest”.


  3. I think you nailed it. Tolkien wrote about a big quest – destroying the ring and saving the world. you managed this quest(?) brilliantly. I am still thinking…how to


  4. That last photo is just. absolutely. gorgeous! I love the colors on the water. I would have considered coming to visit and have you show me some photography tricks, but then I read Garry’s “fiction” post …. 🙂


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