You guysssss, I. DID. IT!! Today marks the big 5-2! I have not logged the total miles or elevation gains just yet but honestly it doesn't matter. I hiked alone, I hiked with friends, I hiked with strangers and I hiked with strangers who have become friends. I wouldn't trade in any part of this journey. (Well, maybe the wreck to Moab). Before I go into super mushy/sentimental, HUGE shout out to all those who supported me along the way- whether it was with a like, with a hike, with a comment or just asking me how it's going, it was all super appreciated and often times needed to keep me going.
Okay. Why did I do this? 3 reasons started me (No particular order). 1. Fitness 2. To prove I can finish what I start. 3. To explore more- both Colorado and places I visit.
While I achieved all of those it's what was discovered during those hikes that kept me going and will keep me going.
To me, hiking mimics life in so many ways. You never quite know what each hike is going to give you, even if its one you've done a hundred times. You know your goal. Sometimes, getting to it is easy. Other times, there's switch backs, false summits, or just a full uphill battle- all kinds of obstacles meant to deter you that give you the option to keep going or turn around. Then you have storms, closures, animals, sickness- reasons that mean you should turn around, or at least alter your path. Changing your goal isn't always bad, sometimes it's needed to experience a different goal. No matter what, along your way you will have encouragers, some discouragers, but mostly just your own voice determining your output. All, I know is I'm glad I kept my goal in sight and I have some pretty awesome views to remind me of it.
There are several other analogies with hiking and life but, I think y'all get it. If you made it this far, you're the real hero. :) @52hikechallenge