Friday, September 02, 2016

Hiking The Path

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "path." Sometimes Thursdays get a little crazy and I dint make it to the Twitter party like last night. Sad I missed my people. We would love to have you join us. Just hop onto Twitter on Thursday evenings and follow the #fmfparty. Hope to see you there! 

The first time, I experienced a hard core hike was six summers in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. My friend SB said it would be a family friendly hike but I quickly learned what is family friendly to him is not family friendly to me. Yet I continued to follow our guide. Stopping, catching, my breathe along the week. Praying that I would make it to the end of the path. After much determination and encouragement, I found my way to the end of the path.

Since then, I have learned to hike along the paths. One of my favorites is the Lily Ridge Trail near Lily Lake in the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park. Up, over, and around the bend. Stepping over the obstacles along the way. Brushing the sweat off of my brow. One switch back, then another.....until I reach the end of the path.

Every year my friends SB and KB take a group of hikers on one of the "teeners." A teener is a mountain that has an elevation in the teens. For example, Long's Peek, Mt. Meeker, etc. For the last six years, SB has been trying to get me to hike one of these. But I keep telling him that he is crazy and that there is no way that I can do that. Then this summer, my friend MKB and I decided to make a pact to get in better shape so we can climb a mild mountain next summer. SB thinks it will be Twin Sisters.

So I find myself follow a new path as I walk and even run along the path at our local park. I also continue to work out at Curves. I am going to follow that path next summer to the top of Twin Sisters. I really want to follow this path because I know that when I get to the top the view will be stunning and totally worth it.


22 comments:

  1. LOVE this post, thanks for sharing, it has been too long since I went to the mountain. We need to go before it gets too cold. :) Your neighbor on FMF

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  2. I love how you're working towards your goal. So true, in climbing and in other things in life, that the journey can sometimes be hard and the path can be long but it is worth it for the view from the top.

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    1. Thanks Lesley. Yes the view from the top is totally worth it.

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  3. Good luck on your goals to stay on the path of overcoming mountains. I need prayer to stay on my path to health. Thanks for being a great friend in the FMF community.

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    1. Thanks Mary! And you're welcome!

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  4. good for you:) enjoy your hike. sounds like a great place for one beautiful view:)

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    1. Thanks Martha. It really is.

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  5. Oh man! There's nothing like hiking with a daredevil...! Let me know if you come back to hike a teener. Maybe we could meet up. (In my pre-kid life, I did quite a few!)

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    1. Annie, how did I know you would get the hiking with someone who is a pro at hiking? I would love to meet up with you. :)

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  6. Go for it, Tara! You reminded me of a hike I took in Bryce Canyon, years ago, among the hoodoos. Ebenezer Bryce said it was a 'heck' of a place to lose a cow. I can vouch for the fact that it's a heck of a place for a Chinaman to get lost, as well.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2016/09/your-dying-spouse-201-send-me-fmf.html

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    1. Thanks Andrew! Thanks for sharing your hiking story. Fun to read about it.

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  7. What a great and inspiring goal to have ! Looking forward to reading about it when you get there 😃

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  8. I have never hiked a very difficult trail, only fairly short, easy ones, but I would love to do more. Your goals actually sound doable and you inspire me. I need a plan to get in shape. Maybe a goal like yours would be just the incentive I need. :) Blessings!

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    1. I am glad that I inspire you. Blessings to you too!

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  9. I want to seek and hike some trails at Rocky National Park someday. I am looking forward to reading more about your journey to reach your goal. -Jolene

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  10. Oh friend... you know I am loving this and I am cheering you on (and hoping to increase my hiking in the next year as well!)

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    1. I knew you would love this! :)

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  11. Loved this, Tara. I'm so proud of you for doing the work now so you can follow that path next summer. :) Go, go, go!

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