I got up bright and early today (but it wasn't really bright out at 5:30am!) to go for a hike two hours away. I was so excited to finally be heading back to the mountains after months of not seeing any around. I live near the ocean now...so sad.
When I could make out the shapes of their beautiful ridges I found myself in tears...I'm not sure what this was really about though. Was it because I really had missed the mountains so much that I cried when I saw them or was I missing something else? I missed my old town, my old house, my old community. I missed living beneath "my" mountains. I missed hiking. Hiking with Ben.
This whole week I have been missing Ben more than ever..I probably have cried every night wishing he was with me. And going for a hike today alone (Marlin did come), just made everything worse. Ben and I hike together..it's our thing. I love hiking with him and not having him beside me today...well, it just wasn't the same.
It felt wrong somehow. Like I wasn't supposed to be there. Here I am, out hiking and getting to do fun things while he's in school in a gross city, doing homework. It's not right.
Even with all these thoughts going on in my head, I still managed to stay positive and take in the beautiful views...
Driving in...look at that mountain! Beautiful.
3.6 miles to the top...1.5 hours. Done.
Beautiful clouds. Chilly though.
Marlin was having a blast...
Trying to be happy.
Marlin beat me to the top.
Snow covered tree.
I did feel stronger than I have ever felt hiking today. I knew it was from all of my hard work with eating and working out. My legs rocked today! They got me all the way up to the top and I was high on sweat but loving it :)
It was beautiful that's for sure. When I got to the top I was starving, so I whipped out my brand new Jerky that the kind folks over at Perky Jerky sent me!
Okay, so I was so happy to have this because it was...SO GOOD! It was sweet and salty in just the right combination.
Even Marlin was begging for some! He said he liked it!!
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