Today I am sharing something completely different, it will fall under the more category. At first thought I would keep my blog to crafts and such, but considering I had the most amazing journey the other day I felt compelled to share it.
My son and I decided to climb a mountain near our home, I never thought I would be able to accomplish a task of this magnitude before. First it was fear of hurting myself and a pure lack of confidence. Over the years I became out of shape and put on weight. In January I decided it was time to do something about it. I am not one for New Years resolutions but I felt it was time. Time to give up the sugar, cut down on wheat and get my butt off the couch. In just 7 1/2 months I am doing something I never thought possible, climbing a mountain. It certainly was no easy task, it took a lot of mental and physical energy. When you are new to climbing mountains you are thinking of how you would place every step, where to plant your poles and how you are going to get your leg up. It used a ton of energy. As I am not a seasoned climber there are a few things that I would do differently next time. At times I was not sure I would make it but we did and nothing felt more amazing when I got to the top. You could see to the edge of the horizon, the prairies beyond the mountain range, the Old Man reservoir, hills and mountains and logging roads we can not see from town, and the extent of a massive forest fire we had a few years back. The sky's were so blue, with wispy clouds hanging perfectly and there was no wind, which for this is incredible, we are known for our winds. It was the day coupled with the perfect weather. On the top we had a snack and some water while leaning back on rocks taking it all in, it was a special time to share. When it was time for the return trip I wished a helicopter could come and get us, just like on the commercials for the lottery. My nerves were starting to get the better of me, although it went just fine, sitting at the top I am seeing the whole journey, as you are making your way back down the path you are only seeing the steps and which are the safest. It was about a seven hour trek, we were both ready for it to be over but enjoyed ourselves tremendously. At last we were on the flat again and heading for home feeling tired, proud and accomplished. I still cannot fathom that I climbed a mountain, I will always have the memories, photos and a few sore muscles as the evening wears on. Next time I will have more confidence and trust that I can do it.
What an amazing journey,