I DID IT!
We haven’t tried in a long time…but I did it and extra! I was thrilled and though every muscle in my body is sore and I am tired, I didn’t get a headache and I have even been waking up early.
While we had made plans for our anniversary, I came down sick with something that resembled the flu. I ruined our plans (yes, it still happens). We put it off, dug into summer life: gardens, freezing, canning, butchering…before we knew it summer was almost over.
If we were going to do something, we had to do it soon!
So we did. Packing up our large hiking backpacks, we set out: food, water, sleeping bags, tent, clothing, toques & long johns, we were prepared! Heading down and into the US, we tackled an easy, 2 3/4 mile hike with 1600 foot elevation gain. I made it! In fact, we did it faster than the map’s average speed!
For me, that’s a real accomplishment!
Arriving at the little lake just before dark, we found a site under the evergreens where needles padded the ground, swept it clear of sticks, set up the tent and dove in just as the rain began to fall!
Snuggled up in our mummy bags, we listened to the pattering. Night sounds all added to the intrigue!
Waking early, we arose to a cold morning. A light frost was on the ground but the mountain huckleberries were plentiful! Wet bushes almost numbed our fingers as we greedily gobbled them up and added them to our morning porridge.
And then? The hike.
Y’see, we had been to this place on our honeymoon. I had not been able to complete the hike. Yes, I’d arrived at the lake, but I hadn’t made it up on the topmost ridge. I wanted to tackle it this time and win!
I hike best in cold weather. So away we went. Yes, the peak shown in the picture above. Yes, we had to hike it in sections, particularly when we reach the steep, rocky slopes.
“One step at a time; you move forward one step at a time,” my mind instructed.
I may have been playing it up in this photo!
I made it! Suddenly, I was the victorious one on top! I could see miles around, one mountain range upon another. Amazing!
Two years ago, I couldn’t do it. This year we tackled it and I did it! Was I ever tired! But I did it! It was nice to share one of those moments with my man. No, it hadn’t been at the neck-breaking pace he’s accustomed to. But we did it together!
We have been pleasantly surprised with the outcome. No headache. Sore muscles-yes! I’m tired but not completely exhausted.
Afterward, I took two days where I did next to nothing. My body’s resources went toward repairing those sore muscles and in two days time, I was no longer sore. We are excited with the outcome of the 2nd health center I attended.
Somehow, they helped me push through and though I lead a low-energy life, I can return to doing what I love. A different pace, a different way, but same end results!
We will be looking forward to more hikes this fall…I hope!