For this end-of-year challenge, consider your own path.

“But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.”

— Welsh poet Gwyn Thomas

On a recent trip to Hawaii, I went on a number of hikes in Volcanoes National Park, walking atop hardened lava flows. One hike — originating from Chain of Craters Road, the main loop that tours the park — led to an area called Pu`u Loa, home to more than 23,000 ancient petroglyphs.

This concentration of petroglyphs was quite a sight: stick figures, circular and dot-like designs, and other mysterious motifs carved into the lava rocks. But walking the path was an adventure in itself, especially since there weren’t many people out and about.

Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

As this year comes to a close, I’ve paused to think about my own path. In the beginning of 2016, I lived in a different place, had set a few personal goals, and expected to continue in one direction. Halfway through the year, however, that path veered the other way, and I’ve found myself in a new home, adapting to new things on a daily basis, and realizing how important it is to slow down and recognize (and enjoy) the winding path I’m on.

For this photo challenge, show us what path means to you. Consider the journey you’ve taken this year (or where you hope to go in 2017) and share a snapshot of this personal path, whether figurative or literal. A path can look like the one in the photo above, but it can also be a glimpse into your interests and passions or personal and professional goals.

We look forward to seeing the various paths you take!

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  1. I feel like I could have written this post! From the boardwalk through a fragile ecosystem to an unexpected move, my head is nodding in recognition. Thanks for reminding me of my trip to Hawaii when I was ten, too! Okay…off to post.

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    1. I considered “Festive” but that felt too obvious. I don’t think it’s too early to reflect on the year; I also wanted more time for these types of responses in case we could feature people in our upcoming Resolutions series.

      Thanks for participating!

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  2. Note–this will be my last submission to the Photo Challenge. It has been fun and I will continue to follow the work of others. But for some reason the Word Press Folk can’t seem to include my pingbacks to the original challenge and it no longer seems worth the effort on my part.

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