a moderate trail
The words hiking and Lori do not go well together. We have a rocky past and I am sensitive to even hearing the word. I don’t know that I will ever consider or call myself a hiker. Yet our paths crossed on Saturday afternoon when a couple of my best friends challenged me to go on a hike. Matt is an avid hiker. He hikes into places miles and miles into nowhere with gear and is a wiz at reading maps, building fires and cooking over an open pit. Mmm BBQ over a camp fire all juicy and…ANYWAY….
We met up at the Cincinnati Nature Preserve and Matt along with his wife Ellie and new son Linus and myself set off for an afternoon hike. Matt and Ellie were married at the Nature Preserve and it is stunningly beautiful as was their wedding! Matt went over and pulled out a folded map that was resting in the plastic holder of the whole area and we decided on a trail. We do not decide on a “easy” trail, we decide on a “moderate” trail. How bad could moderate be? That is not a very harsh word, so it’s couldn’t be that bad…could it?
Linus had a little sack thingy that allowed him to dangle in front of Matt’s chest and see everything around him! He loved the leaves, and trees and butterflies all around him and I loved watching him bask in the glory of the beautiful fall day. The uphill trek was kinda hard, then once up top the 15 flights of stairs way down was kinda hard, crossing the stream and trying to navigate my body along slick rocks as I made my way across was hard, and the push back up the ridge would find me muttering the following words under my breath ” a moderate trail my ass”…at one point I told Matt if I could not make it back up he was going to have to give baby Linus to his wife and he could strap me into the harnessy thing and carry me back up this MODERATE TRAIL! The views were amazing and the colors of fall like a warm blanket of beauty that surrounds you in all of it’s glory. I kept telling myself to stop an look up and not miss the very reason we wanted to come here.
Guess what? I might not have been the fastest and I might not have looked the most graceful doing it…but with the loving encouragement of my dear friends I conquered the moderate trail! It felt good to reach the top, to have legs that felt like jello and to know that slowly I will start to be able to do things I have not been able to do in the past!