I stood in the hot shower. Water beat down on my face and salt stung my eyes. Salt that had accumulated on my face after a long hard and fun hike. It made me think back to September of 2006 when a friend off mine and I began doing monthly 5k walks. I was coming out of the physical dormancy of law school and was 80 pounds heavier. That 3.2 mile walk nearly did me in. So hard I could not even visit while we walked it.
Nearly four years later and I am starting a hike that begins at 8000 feet, climbs to 9000 before starting back down again. About seven miles total. The hike was planned to be with Monika and Teresa who would bring her dog Annie. I was sad that communication problems and logistics made us miss Teresa and Annie. I have so wanted to get together with her for some time now.
The hike took us up a road on a gradual incline to the trail. The trail wound through Bristle Cone pines…some of which were 3000 years old! The views were amazing as we climbed high and could see the ski report below across the ravine.
My hip was getting tight and soon I was in some pain. We moved along and Monika was a real sport about my slow and pained pace. We talked and laughed and enjoyed ourselves and it was a great fun hike.
I got out of the car in my garage and was sore and stiff like I was all those years ago on my 5k. I occurred to me that this was another milestone along the way. I did it. My high 7 miler to get me on the next page of my ultimate adventure!