MUCH needed! My phone is usually glued to my hand, unless I drop it… Today I decided to leave it at home and only bring my camera. I FEEL so much better after being away from it for the day, recharged really. I think this will be a Saturday ritual for me. And as long as the weather is nice I’m making a goal of getting out in nature too.
Today was an active recovery day for me. I decided to go for it and hike a trail that I’ve been wanting to hit up for a LONG time, almost a year actually. It’s called the Rock of Ages. It was steep and a little bit hairy on a few spots, definitely not maintained trail but the view at the top was worth it.
My husband was supposed to go hike with me but he came down with a migraine so I decided to be brave and hike it alone. The last time I tried to go on this hike I ended up taking the wrong trail and hiked 16 miles. The loop is around 10 miles but today I just hiked to the rock and headed back down since my wonderfully understanding husband was waiting for me at the bottom. After the last try, I made sure to research and research some more because I didn’t want to be stuck between a rock and a hard place, ha ha, get it? I didn’t go out here today to get a workout, I went out here to unwind from all the busy of the week, to be with all of God’s beautiful things and just breathe. Plus I needed to break past the fear of being alone in the woods again. I met a couple of really nice people along the way, adventurers are some of the most friendly and out going people I’ve ever met. Most importantly, I remembered why I belong out there again.
I am by no means a professional hiker but I sure would love to try doing the John Muir Trail ❤ A few things I recommend for anyone that wants to try hiking, stick to the frequently traveled paths if you are going alone. Some things I bring on every hiking trip:
- small first aid kit
- pocket knife (preferably a multi-tool one)
- sweater or lightweight coat depending of the forecast
- food, protein bars
- map/gps (maybe extra batteries)
I love my Osprey Pack because I can fit all of that in it, along with 1.5 liters of water. When you decide to break away from the highly traveled paths, make sure that you are paying attention to all of the forks in the road, if you end up getting lost you will be able to track backwards.
Last note, ALWAYS, ALWAYS tell someone where you are going for the day. Give them your route planned so if you fall and break your leg someone will know where to look for you if you end up missing ❤