The Trail of Two Brothers
"You came all this way just for college?" Cody said to his little brother. Cody looked around himself. He breathed deeper than he had in a long time. They had been hiking in silence for the last hour. Marky had his faithful red backpack strapped on. It was full of anything they could need.
"Best school for a degree in Forestry. I already do tours out of the trail center. Running my own scouts like program to help kids learn the do's and don'ts of the woods."
"Lil bro there isn't even cell phone reception out here."
"Don't need it." Marky smiled.
"You're happy here right?"
"Happiest I have ever been. What about you?"
"Here, no, I am going insane out here. Good thing I am only here for four days."
"Why did you come all the way up to Alaska anyway?"
"Well, if you really want to know you can't tell. Ok?"
"Brother's bond? It's been a few years since we shared a good secret."
"The girl with the dogs? Didn't you two break up?"
"Well, I went and apologized. We have been seeing each other. I think she might be the one."
"Are you telling me you are going to pop the question?"
"I am terrified of marriage, look at our family. I mean, who is left together besides Mom and Dad?"
"Aren't they enough?"
"They should be."
"You know there is this trail down in Ketchikan. It leads from the historic red light district."
"Historical prostitutes really? You are going to use a place like that to make me feel more secure."
"It leads away from the, yes, historical prostitutes."
"So there is more to your little story."
"Yes, Cody, the trail starts off with about forty steps. Every five or so is a little platform. It's a pretty steep climb. Then it flattens out, you can see the snowcapped mountains just beyond the trees. I found some berries there, they looked delicious but I knew better. All along the way are little off shoots into the brush that lead to nowhere. If you can remain on the well walked path you will find a stone wall. Men have left their mark there, spray paint mostly. Then a moment later at the very top all the trees clear. You can see it all. Most beautiful thing in the world."
"Commitment is a steep climb, it is a struggle. If you can look beyond the temptations, the go nowhere paths, you can see that off in the distance the beauty of your journey will grow. The marks of other men will show you that you are so close. Then you get the gold. You get the view and you are no longer alone."
"So you will be saving that little speech as my best man right?"
"You are going to get married? Serious?"
"As serious as you are about this whole wilderness thing." Cody replied. Brian smiled at him and they both stayed there enjoying the wilderness for a few moments more. They knew both of their lives were headed in the right direction.