Hi friends,

I mentioned on Sunday that I completed probably the most physically challenging activity in my life. A friend (I’ll refer to him as Yung Cedar) and I climbed 4500 feet, walked 14 miles and spent 9 hours in the Colonel Bob Wilderness in the Olympic National Forest. I still beam when I think about it.

I first heard about the trail through one of the (awesome) women I met during my internship. She came back to the office one afternoon excited about a trail she hiked (and tried to see if she beat our supervisor’s time). That made an impact on me because i) she just up and went on a seven hour hike in the middle of the day and ii) she was (is) a woman. That put Colonel Bob on my radar but I didn’t think too deeply about it.

Last week, the guys and I were feeling restless in the office and we weren’t being productive. We decided that the sun was telling us to go outside and try Colonel Bob. This was around midday and we had to get back in time for dinner. We decided to do the trail that would only be an eight mile round trip.

We got to the Colonel Bob trailhead feeling real hype. After dousing ourselves in bug spray, we gave ourselves four hours to make it there and back.  Two hours in – backs soaked with sweat, cursing at the incline, full from picking berries and ready to see some amazing views – we ran into a concerned older man who asked us if we planned to get to the summit before dark. We were on the seven mile trail. It’s a testament to our collective stubbornness because we would have kept going for a while longer if not for him. We turned back and scrambled down the hill to get back in time for dinner.

Completing the trail stayed on my mind. I wasn’t sure if the others wanted to go back so I was determined that I would do it on my own. I had something to prove – mostly to myself. I wanted to prove that even though I’m not completely outdoorsy, I am strong. I also wanted some time by myself so that I could process my thoughts. I needed to hike Colonel Bob. After doing research and seeking advice from friends, I was determined to slay.

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Hi friends,

I'm writing this because I'm running on endorphins and chocolate milk. I JUST HIKED A MOUNTAIN. 4492 feet. 14 miles. 9 hours. I can't believe we did it and it was probably the most physically intense thing I did. So bear with me as I muddle through this post like I muddled through the trail. (Example of my level of frass-ness: I spent a good thirty seconds trying to fit the USB cord to hook up my phone into the power charging slot.)

Reading All About Love by bell hooks. A friend recommended it and I'm enjoying it so far. It's making me rethink things.

Writing I don't know if you could tell but I'm in no place to write anything coherent right now.

Listening "Blessings" by Chance the Rapper

Thinking My body is going to screw me over tomorrow.

Wishing I didn't have to use stairs (Hard knock life I live. I know right?)

Hoping I don't have to move much at work tomorrow.

Smelling Chocolate milk and chips

Needing Sleep

Feeling Exhilarated. =D

I'm going to come off this device now and get some sleep soon. I'll write about the hike later this week.

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