I’ve craved all my life the recognition of climbing a mountain. Now I have proof, as you can see in the picture shown to the right. You have to pass the rigorous test of having enough money to buy the decal. Not content with this test, I opted for advanced quizzing as evinced by the following conversation:
Me: I noticed this sticker says, “I climbed Cadillac Mountain.”
National Park Gift Shop Employee (NPGSE): Yes, it does.
Me: That’s different from, “I climbed the entire mountain.”
NPGSE: That’s right.
Me: So, it’s perfectly okay to count the climbing I did around here as climbing the mountain.
NPGSE: I think so.
There you go, not only am I an intrepid mountaineer, but a scrupulously honest one as well. My appetite for exciting adventures has been whetted. I look forward to my next bucket-list item. If danger scares you, feel free to participate at a safe distance through my blogs.
– Paul R. De Lancey, danger seeker
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