In Utah we hiked up a very steep mountain. "About 40 minutes each way," my son said. Well, after about an hour, we were about halfway, and I decided I could go no more.
|Near the beginning of the hike, J and K walk along.|
|I think this is going uphill.|
I wouldn't swear to anything.
|One of the steep parts. I think this is looking |
downhill. It's hard to see how steep it really was.
My husband wouldn't leave me behind, when I stopped to rest, so it was up to my son and his girlfriend to finish the hike. Off they went, and we made our way downhill, very slowly, taking pictures as we went. Near the bottom we found a little stream, and I sat right down and put my feet in it. It was very cold, and several dips in it took the swelling right out of my feet. We were still sitting there when the younger two came down.
|Cute little flower along the path. The spiky leaves belong to it.|
|Same type of flowers, I think. The lighting is different.|
|More little flowers along the path.|
My calves hurt for three days, but it was worth it--not just for the view, but for the experience. I caught myself saying "I'm sorry," and "I'm such a wuss." I felt bad for letting J down on the hike, and for making him feel bad that it was so hard for me.
|View of Salt Lake City from above.|
Wait a minute! I went more than halfway up a very steep mountain. I challenged myself and tried something very difficult. I did not finish, but I did way more than start. And that in itself is an achievement. So, J, I am so glad I went! Maybe next year I can go to the top.
|Number of steps when I started coming down the path.|
|Number of steps back at the car. It looks as though I went|
about 2200 steps each way--probably about a mile.
We also walked around at our library, for a total of about 5 miles that day.