Before we got married, I loved to hike, as well. Over the years, though, I've had two kids and have become very out of shape. I've also picked up some unclaimed weight that others have left behind and claimed it as my own. It's been a while since I've hiked a BIG mountain. I've done some small ones here and there, but I've stayed away from the bigger ones and let Davy hike those on his own.
Recently, I started going to Weight Watchers so that I could finally get a hold of my self-control (or lack of it.....or to get some self-control....any of those would work). I need to lose some serious weight....but I also wanted to do something that had a bigger goal attached to it. Something that would work well with the goal of losing weight. Something that would help it.
I found my goal when we went hiking on Labor Day.
Davy was originally going to go hiking by himself, but then thought it would be fun to spend the holiday as a family. He picked out a mountain that he thought we could all handle. Now......the kids can handle a heck of a lot more than I can. They're both wiry, lean and fast. They're also young. ;) Yes, yes, I know you can hike a mountain well into your upper years. In fact, we met a 70 year old man hiking down the mountain that put me WAY to shame!
Davy picked out Cascade Mountain in the high peaks region of the Adirondacks. Cascade is 4098 feet above sea level, and it's almost 2000 feet of elevation gain. It's a 4.4 mile round trip of hiking and is considered the easiest hike of the High Peaks.
When you get to the top, you end up sitting on a bald summit and get a full 360 degree view of the surround High Peaks region. Absolutely breathtaking and gorgeous.
The top was super windy, so the kids and I were a little leery of standing on the top. After a while, though, Girly ventured up to the peak with Davy.
While we were hiking to the peak, a guy was coming down with a shirt on that had a patch on it that said, "ADK 46." I asked Davy about this and he said it's a club for people that hike the 46 High Peaks of New York. Cascade is the 36th highest of the peaks.
When I got to the top of the mountain, I realized that this was what my new goal would be. It worked well with losing the weight that I want to lose. It's a healthy goal and it's attainable. And talk about a beautiful goal.....hiking the most beautiful peaks in the Adirondack Park of New York.
I figured that if I was going to nail a 4098 foot mountain and it was one of the 46 High Peaks, I might as well start right then and there. Since the kids went up with us, I'm going to include them, as well. So, I'll be sending in our letters to start off with our goal of being an Adirondack 46-R. (You can check out their website here: ADK 46-R). Davy has already hiked quite a few of the 46, but has never se
nt in his log letters, so we're ALL going to start now.
On Tuesday, I put in another 2.6 miles of walking and my goal is to continue with walking long distances a few times a week. We're planning on doing another hike this next weekend to help build up my endurance. My goal is to nail all of the 46 High Peaks in the next 5 years....by the time I hit 35 years old.
Have a great week!