Things that don’t go as planned can be a Good Thing (On Top of Mary’s Rock)

Everyone has had their moments when things don’t go as they planned. Sometimes things don’t fall into place like we want to and we are forced to deal with it. But, when this happens, you have to make the best of it and keep your head up.

Let me tell you about the time I planned a hike to Shenandoah National Park. A series of unfortunate events followed but somehow I managed to keep my head high.

We planned to leave at 11:00 am and pick up Connor and Jack by 12:00 pm.

Ian got to my house at 12:00 pm, luckily Connor is my neighbor so we arrived at his house literally at 12:01 pm. We were all ready to go, we got to the car and Connor had to get his dog in the house.

Turns out Connors dog is really stubborn and all four of us teamed up to get this dog inside the house. Around 1:00 we managed to get his dog inside the house. Somehow during that hour, I managed to lost my $250 Ray Bands trying to grab the dog (Connor found it a month later).

We set out to Shenandoah and arrived around 3:00. I had been spending a lot at the time and was on my last $20 in cash; I planned to make it last till I got paid again. Apparently there was a $20 fee to get inside the park (ruh roh raggy). No one had cash but me and we weren’t going to drive two hours for nothing, very sadly i handed over my last $20 to the park ranger.

I recently made a spreadsheet of places to hike (I will release this once I finish); the place i desired to go to the most was Mary’s Rock. It took us SO long to find the trail. So in the meantime we screwed around on Skyline Drive and enjoyed this beautiful overlook and checked out this cool tunnel with what little time we had.

Photo of Jack and Connor over Skyline Drive
Into the tunnel we go

Turns out the trail to Mary’s rock was right behind the overlook we spent so much time at.

It was about 4:00 pm by the time we started the hike, it was a beautiful hike I will not lie. Once we got to the top I was truly shocked. I was disappointed I didn’t have the right gear to capture this sight but I did my best. Once I got to the top there was a beautiful sunset to my left. We didn’t plan this at all, but that was the day of the super moon. Imagine this, a beautiful sunset that paints the mountains orange and the super moon is staring at you from the right. It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! At the top I was able to capture some lovely images working with the gear I had at the moment.

On top of Mary’s Rock


Photo of @ian_ried


Ian will always be the my best and favorite model

Although I didn’t have a dollar to my name and didn’t have my sunglasses it was all worth it. I would pay $100 dollars again to see the sunset and super moon from the top of Mary’s Rock in a heartbeat. I’m glad I didn’t have my sunglasses (I was still upset i lost them) because I probably would have had them on and wouldn’t be able to enjoy the full view.  I’m very happy we left late because we wouldn’t have seen the sunset or the super moon if we left and earlier! Although things didn’t turn out as I had planned, it actually somehow turned out better than I had planned; with a cost of course.

If you’re ever having a bad day, i encourage you to try your best to keep your head up! It could be the best day of your life and you may not know it… yet.

Ps. I brought my hiking boots but got too lazy to put them on. Biggest regret and my feet probably hate me. Then my hiking boots sat in Ian’s car for the next 2 months as I continued to hike without them. (not smart)

I would love to hear what you guys think! Comment below with some feedback if you have a moment!

-Adam Jun Moreno

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