Not sure if Bucket List is quite the appropriate term for this new series, but it fits as good as ‘Things I Want to Do’. Essentially these posts talk about things I want to do. Some are very small things, and many of them, like today’s post, will be things I feel like I can accomplish once I lose more weight.
A long time ago, in a state far, far away I used to hike fairly regularly with my friends. Though I was certainly in better shape then, I still weighed far more than could be considered healthy. One weekend, during a trip to Lake Placid, my friends and I hiked the trail heading for the top of Mt. Phelps. I do not remember if it was knees, breath, or muscles, but I simply did not make it to the top. My friends tried to encourage me, but at some point after taking a number of rests in quick succession, I gave up on the hike to the summit and on myself.
So, some day I want to climb that mountain again. There are many higher mountains in the world, even among the Adirondacks, but because I gave up on that mountain, I hope one day to gather with my friends again and climb together to the top.
Special bonus: While searching for the picture above, I found several blogs of hikers working towards climbing the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondacks. In one blog, “46 Ups and Downs“, a college-aged hiker from Montreal shares fairly detailed accounts of her hikes. So far she’s climbed 40 out of the 46. Reading about some of her hikes reminded me of just how wet I was at the end of the hike that day. It is possible I’m combining multiple hikes in my mind, but I seem to recall returning to the vehicle with my socks soaking wet and dirty, then taking them off to let my feet breath, and to take a picture of the socks, which deserved to be thrown away!