I FINISHED #hike52🏅I started my #52hikechallenge2017 adventure in Oct’17, and what EPIC adventure it has been. Challenge Stats: 305 days; >220 miles; 25,000+ ft elevation gain; 10 hiking buddies, 33 different trails; longest hike 9.6 miles. The greatest accomplishment to me is my state of mind. I started my journey thinking I was doing something “new”, but what I found was that I had forgotten who I was, what grounded me and brought me peace. In the past 10 months I have successfully weaned off medication (with full support of my doctor), and learned to acknowledge my thoughts and feelings of anxiety when they come, accept that they are there, pray, be in the moment and allow myself to just ‘be’. Not every feeing or emotion requires action, and often just acknowledging they exist allows them to pass. I have learned to literally stop and smell the flowers, experience the beauty around me, truly be present (especially after staying off of social media all summer), and mostly, be THANKFUL. For the first time in a long time I can say that I truly like ‘me’...just as I am. I love seeing the freckles dance on my son’s face when he smiles, the room light up when my daughter Lilly walks in, watching my daughter Ashley become the most amazing 17 year old girl I know, and the security and joy I feel knowing my husband Bradley is without doubt the love of my life. My journey also brought me my fun and faithful hiking buddy Cocoa🐾. I have not hiked in 48 days, partly because I was waiting to plan the “perfect” hike for my #52hikechallenge2018 finisher. I woke up this morning and realized that EVERY hike is the PERFECT hike, and thought it was fitting to finish this journey by experiencing the same trail I started with. I’m signing off again with this post but feel free to email me at [email protected] I hope you have enjoyed my journey, but sincerely pray that you have found - and are fully living - your own 🤗 #52HikeChallenge2018#hikerbabesorg100#womenwhohike#ncoutdoorculture#toughwomenonly#ncstateparks#gooutsideandplay#mtnchicks#ladiesgetoutside#switchbackchics#thehikemovement#adventureappalachia#welovenc#hikerlist#scenicnc#wilderness_chicks
I lived in Colorado once before in my life, in college. I didn’t hike. I went skiing maybe twice per year. And I didn’t know places like this existed. If you told me then that some my my most prized possessions would eventually be a backpack, hiking poles and a camera, I’d have thought you didn’t know me at all. I turns out I didn’t know myself. Spending time in the mountains, the second time around, has been eye opening for me. When I hike, I feel free and liberated. This is one of the most amazing sites I’ve ever set my eyes on, and it is literally a day hike from my college dorm. I’m grateful for second chances.
Slow down and enjoy the moment. Be present. Don’t wish away your days or rush through life, time passes fast enough as it is.
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🇬🇧 / 🇨🇿 The island of Florianopolis has some great hiking paths, unfortunetly, the weather was not on our side and we only got a few sunny days...One day we spent hiking to the Lagoinha Do Leste, very windy hike and quite demanding due to the rocks on the path, but with a great ending. After 2 hours we reached an abandoned beach with a small lagoon and another peak to climb for an awesome view!
I wish that we would use those rainy days in Florianopolis to take our car to the service, as now we are stucked in the middle of nowhere and the repair gonna cost us a fortune 😩 have your car ever broke down when you were traveling? How did you handle it?
Ostrov Florianopolis ma super pesi tury, bohuzel nam pocasi moc nepralo a venku jsme stravili jen par dni... Tahle fotka vznikla na ture k Lagoinha Do Leste, docele namahava tura hlavne kvuli obrovskym balvanum na ceste, po kterych se musi skakat, ale cil stoji za to. Po dvou hodinach jsme prisli k opustene plazi s mensi lagunou a dalsim vrcholem, na ktery se da vylezt a je z neho skvely vyhled!
Lituju toho, ze jsme nevyužili tech destivych dnu ve Florianopolisu a nezavezly auto na servis. Ted jsme uprostřed niceho a oprava nas bude stat majlant 😩 pokazilo se vam nekdy pri cestovani auto? Jak jste to resili?
I’ve met some really great people while traveling this year. This is the California crew (see last post). We crossed paths a few different times in Point Reyes, and this moment was the last goodbye.
I had wanted to take this shot, with my daughter and a big round hat. And here I stood, without my daughter as she had to fly home the day prior. Just then up pulls this car full of beautiful California people and this girl, she steps out with (you’ve got it) a big round hat. What luck! She was nice enough to model for me. And while I wish my daughter were in the shot, I left Point Reyes fulfilled and with new friends. #sometimesyougetlucky