Tim stepped into the clearing and stopped, his eyes drawn to the edge of the cliff several yards away and the vista beyond. Mother Nature in all her glory lay stretched out below them. Gibbs had been right. The view was spectacular.

He turned to his boss, a huge grin on his face.

'I did it! I actually did it! We're here!'

Gibbs returned the smile, amused by the surprised tone in the younger man's declaration.

'I knew you could do it, Tim.'

Tim shrugged off his backpack and sat down, using the bag as a backrest. He flexed and stretched his tired feet, still almost giddy with his unexpected success. Gibbs sat down beside him and, to his surprise, patted him affectionately on the knee.

'I'm proud of you, son.'