The last time I went hiking it ended horribly.
You may be thinking: did you encounter a bear or a mountain lion? No. Did anyone break a bone or contract a rare disease? Again, no. Did you run out of water? No. But, I was six weeks pregnant and pretty much all of the food we brought on the trip made me want to vomit, so I wasn’t eating well and I was super tired.
Attempting to hike seven or more miles a day pretty much broke my spirit, which, in turn, shattered my husband’s hiking dreams. Not a pretty scene when I cried, “Tyler…I want to go home.”
Needless to say that was a long time ago and we’ve mostly put the experience behind us. So, this past week, we decided to go on our first family hike at Big Basin Redwood State Park. I had done a little research ahead of time and found an almost three mile loop with a little elevation, which I figured would be a good place to test out my post-pregnancy fitness.
After a windy and slightly nauseating drive to the park – California mountain roads are curvy! – we checked in at park headquarters to ensure my research had been accurate. The ranger on duty confirmed our choice, but reminded us that we would encounter 600 feet of elevation gain.
My immediate response was, “Six-hundred? Oh yea, that’s fine!”After dating/being married to Tyler for seven years, I’ve completed numerous hikes with well over 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Nonetheless, as we approached the trailhead, I glanced down at the seventeen pound bundle strapped to my body and began to doubt myself, “Oh no. What if I can’t do it?”
To make a short story even shorter, my fears were unwarranted. We completed the hike with ease and all three of us enjoyed a little sweating as we ambled through the redwoods. Another place we will definitely return to as they’ve got camping grounds and we still have to give H her first night in the wilderness!