Summer bucket list
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Early this spring I was at home, excited that a new season was underway warm weather was finally on its way. I decided that I needed a summer goal ! I made a short summer to do list ( honestly I don't remember what was on halfof it) and set out with a great summer in mind.
We did the fun stuff, catching fireflies, hide and seek in the dark, stargazing, we even made it camping. I even got some hiking in along the way. We hiked to our first waterfall, found a beach that had black sand. We even found a teepee in the middle of the woods.
Now that sounds super productive BUT there was another side to the summer. The bbqs, the ice cream stands, lets not forget the traditional smores. My eating has been horrible. Although we have been super active with eating off track I haven't made any progress.
As the summer has been winding down my end of summer goal has kind of been hanging over my head. I have honestly been questioning if I would even be able to achieve it. I mean here it is the last weekend of summer, i've been active but not climb a mountain active. The only other time I did this hike I struggled and was in way better shape. I however would feel as though I failed if I couldn't conquer that mountain.
This morning I woke up knowing my time was almost out, I decided today was the day to get this cloud from over my head ! So we invited my cousin along and drove the half hour to the base of the mountain. I would be lying if I didn't say within the first five minutes I was ready to turn around. We've done hikes this summer especially the second half of summer but nothing that was straight uphill, the first five minutes were just a tiny incline which I could feel in my legs. Knowing what was coming I was definitely questioning myself and if I was capable of this.
Regardless we kept going, we stopped for a few breather brakes along the way. My legs literally felt like jelly and by the time we reached the top I seriously wanted to just lay out on the rock and never move. Instead we took in the view, explored the top some taking pictures had a snack (pumpkin seeds for me dunkaroos for the guys and kids) drank some water and headed back down.
All summer I doubted myself and told myself there was just no way. Looking back on the hike today I think its pretty amazing what your body is capable of once you silence your mind. When I started hiking I wanted to quit, I was unsure if I would make the entire trail. My mind was actually pretty confident I was going to fail. Instead of giving into that negative voice I pushed myself and ya know what ? I found out I am capable of more then I even thought ! Goodbye dark cloud of doubt ! On the way out you can kindly kiss my @ss !!!