|Miles to go|
So what happens if we double the miles?
We decided to tackle Mt. Woodson at Lake Poway next. We're talking 8.4 miles round trip. When I went downstairs MJ was packing snacks. Is this hike so hard and long that we going to have to stop for a lunch break? Maybe I have no idea what I'm getting myself into. It was another perfect day for hiking. 70 degrees at 12 noon with blue skies and a perfect touch of chill in the air. It was beautiful and this is just one of the reasons I love San Diego so much. You can do almost anything you want here any time you want to.
This is one tough hike. Some areas are steeper than others but there are some serious inclines. Again, I had to keep my eyes on the ground a lot to avoid taking a wrong step. It's actually best not to look too far ahead. It's beautiful, but when you see all the little ants marching along the mountain which are actually people way ahead of you who still haven't made it to the top you realize how far you have to go. I knew we'd get there, but when your legs are already on fire and you know you aren't even half way there it's just a tiny bit discouraging.
|The edge of the world|
The view from the top is worth the climb and so are the food shenanigans that are likely to occur afterwards. I burned 1,257 calories and MJ burned even more. We had breakfast and mountain top snacks but we were at an extreme calorie deficit that required burgers and beer at Nicky Rotten's. This burger was so big that when it landed in front of me I wasn't sure how to handle it. If you've ever eaten blue cheese you know how strong the flavor is and they are so generous with toppings I had to scrape off chunks to tone down the flavor. It was so delicious. I got draft instead of a bottle just so I could drink out of a frosty glass and it was seriously the best tasting Coors Light I've ever had in my life.
|Las Vegas // Lake Tahoe|
So this is how it feels to burn 1,200 calories in one workout. It hurts, but I had a lot of fun. Even with the pain; I loved the challenge and I definitely want to do it again. Not right away. There are plenty of other trails to explore in the meantime while I let the memory of the suffering part of Mt. Woodson go away.
We saw an older man with white hair at the top of the mountain. Amidst the crowds of spandex clad young people he stood out the most and it had nothing to do with his high rise white polyester pants with the elastic waistband or the giant fanny pack he was wearing. He stood out because it's a tough hike even for the young hard bodies with bare midriffs and even at his age he was out there just like the rest of us getting it done. I am so inspired by active old people because that's how I hope to be. If my body feels this much pain now I can only imagine how it will feel 15-20 years from now. That old guy is a rock star in my book. Maybe I won't go as fast and maybe it'll take me longer to recover but I want us to be out there together hiking mountains for a long time to come.