Whoa! What a fantastic weekend!! Well......Saturday morning found us on a Par-Tay bus!! That is FUN!! 37 people out for a hike.....33 women....3 men and a boy. I took Aaron because well, he loves to hike! I would have to say that this hike was harrowing. We had hiked it before. Aaron walked at such a fast pace that I nearly had to run to keep up. I would say that I missed some of the beauty of the trail....although we did finish at around the 3 hour mark which is impressive. 20 minutes miles through rugged terrain....heck, we walk 14 minute miles on the pavement while walking circles in town. The first jaunt of the trail was uphill and rocky. I have to admit that I had doubts about my abilities at that point!
But ya wouldn't know it from my smile now would ya??
It was cold and rocky and uphill. I wasn't surprised to hear that one women turned back shortly after we started. I thought about it. I admire her for knowing herself that well and having the courage to say, "WHOA! I'm not ready for this." The trail even out then went up and down and evened out again the whole way. I walked the entire way with a walking pole. I would have to say it saved me several times. I bet next time more ladies have one. I had a lot of questions where I got it. There were a few times while walking by ....uh, I will say a cliff....or a drop off that would land a person in the lake if fallen off of....that I used my pole as a third leg to steady myself because my legs were just that tired and I didn't trust them. Walking up a few of the hills were kind of scary too. It reminded me of when I was younger and hiked out of the Grand Canyon. I was young and ran....yes ran a mile into the canyon on my 19th birthday....laughing the whole way....drinking wine and smoking cigarettes! It was a fun time until we had to walk back up to the car. Holy Moly. I honestly don't know how I survived that trek. It was one of the worst experiences of my life. I couldn't catch my breath. My legs turned to jello....true jello...It was horrible. There were a few times Saturday that I re-experienced that. But ya know? It's a starting point. I admit it..... I'm not in top form.....yet, Thank God I have been doing Pilate's. I used some of the breathing techniques that I have learned to bring life back into my body. I impressed myself! One thing that I know I can do better next time is drink the water I carried on my back. When we finally finished, I damn near died. Seriously. When we stopped, I started hyperventilating. We finished at the saloon we started at. I had to excuse myself and went to lay in my car. I could feel the life leaving my legs, They seized up. My hands went numb. I had the chills. I felt like vomiting. I started drinking water until I was comfortable. I know I was dehydrated. I hardly drank any water while walking. It was readily available to me and I did not drink it. I have been trying this month to stay hydrated. I have no idea why it is such a chore these days. I wish chocolate was hydrating. I have no problem eating that! it's getting ridiculous! But you know what?? I love chocolate. Anyway, I decided that sitting alone, dying in my car was not a good idea and went back and joined the group. We ate lunch and I had a beer! One....ok, two beers and they were good! I also ate a stack of ribs. We feasted with the Dirty Girls....who are a shit ton of fun! Aaron and I both won door prizes. It was funny. As they were doing the drawing, he said, "Here. Take my number. I have to pee and as soon I leave, they will call my number." and that is exactly what happened. Then two numbers later? They called mine. I chose a bottle of wine and some homemade soap as our prizes! It's always fun to win, isn't it?? The next hike is April 6th. I plan on being in much better shape by then. MUCH BETTER. Today it is supposed to be nearly 70 degrees and I think we will go out for a hike. I think that is what we have planned. I am looking forward to it.....although my legs are in great pain still. I am also going to write down when the dirty girls are gathering this week and join them at least once. I've been meaning to do that! Do you hike? Are there nature trails near you? You should check them out!! Don't forget your water!! And don't forget to DRINK the water, too!! And get a trekking pole!
So Today is Emily's birthday. I don't spend much time with her. I haven't since she got married. Do you remember how hard those first few years of marriage were? I remember when I moved away from my friends and family that I got really lonely. I loved it when my mom would come see me or a friend....any familiar face really. She always seems so busy and has never said she is lonely or asked us to come down but I know she has to miss me about as much as I miss her!! I texted her last week and asked if we could come down and shoot guns! She said, "Yes!" So Max and Sam and I loaded in the car and went. I have no idea why we don't do that more often because it was a shit ton of fun!! I wondered why I hadn't offered to come down many times before. It was nice to get out of the house and spend time with her and Ricky.
The boys had a great time, too!! Do you have guns that you like to shoot? It's a fun way to spend the afternoon. Max is great at trap shooting. I am a terrible aim. I think I missed every target I shot at. There is a new girl's gun club in the area. I think I will look into joining so I can learn to shoot better....and get my conceal and carry permit.....just because I think that sounds badass....kind of on the same level of badassedness as having a fishing license.
I think the most enjoyable part of the day for me was just sitting on the truck bed and watching my kids interact and enjoy each other. We spend so much time apart....on our phones....playing games in the digital world....wasting time that could be spent having real human interaction. What the F are we doing, People?? I mean really. I don't want to miss one more day of cherishing and honoring what is important.
So Happy Birthday to you. Sweet Emily. Once again you have made me stop and think about what is important int his life. I get all my great life lessons from my kids. Look at her up there in the pic with her brothers. She is a beautiful woman....25 years old......so talented and capable and fun. She is just a damn good human being.
I had a fantastic weekend! I hope you did too! Life is GREAT......Even better when you actually dive in and live it!!
Love to you all....and a whole lot of PEACE!