Today, a coworker and I went on a hike as we had planned since the beginning of the week. Neither of us have hiked in a while, so we figured an easy ranked hike of 3.6 miles in a nearby county park should be a good place to start. I wouldn’t rank this hike as easy, due to the high amount of steep inclines, but it was still doable. The scenery and company was worth every second. We even saw a frog! (Although she isn’t too fond of frogs). We saw more birds (my arch nemeses) than frogs though so good for her. Ha!
Anyway, we were hiking along our merry way not paying attention to how long or how far we’d been hiking. We stayed on the trail…well A trail. It just happened to be a different trail than the one we started on. We were uhh well umm hmm seeing what else the park had to offer? We felt good enough to extend our trip? Okay fine we got lost. We ended up hiking 3 more miles than what we set out to do, and we survived. I took calcium magnesium so I don’t wake up to the soreness due to lactic acid build up. As we hiked three extra miles, the duration of our trip was extended as well….past sunset….when the park closes.
And so after some laughs, some snacks, some phone calls, and a $45 parking ticket, a police officer came to unlock the gate so we could drive home.
Life is never boring around me, I’ll say that! I cannot stress enough how important it is to be prepared for anything…so even if it is a short hike, I always bring food, water, water filtration system, flashlight/headlamp, and first aid kit. Sh!t happens. Be ready. It’s character building.
Morals of the story:
1. Don’t doubt yourself, just do it. Go that extra mile…or 3..
2. Always be prepared. #GirlScouts