I wish I could say it's because I've been too busy, off on amazing fitness-inducing adventures. Alas, no. But I have been reading about, and dreaming about, and mentally planning some fun things! Oh, how I love YouTube - the home of so many videos that allow me to live vicariously through others, while telling myself, "Hey! Maybe I could do that, too!" I'm looking at you, people who make Mahoosuc Notch look easy. Like Will Wood, AKA Red Beard. Check out his YouTube channel. He has tons of great vidoes! Here is his video for his climb through Mahoosuc Notch on the Appalachian Trail. It's sometimes known as the hardest mile on the AT.
|Mahoosuc Notch. There's a trail in here somewhere. No, really.|
But remember when I said mentally planning? My inner camping and hiking child has been awoken in the past couple of years, and I've been longing to get out in the woods, in the hills, and get trekking. Our annual family vacation was always spent in the North Carolina mountains - camping, hiking, and backpacking. I no longer have any gear, so I'm starting from scratch. I do still have my own two feet, though, so I can at least start walking! I live at the beach, with no hills to speak of, so it will be a bit tricky to prepare for the mountains, but at least I can trudge through some dry, squishy sand. That's got to count for something! Walking around my neighborhood, and even the beach, can get boring, though. But when I think of it as preparation for hiking or backpacking, all of a sudden it's a lot more fun! Tourist season is over now, so I can get a good portion of the beach practically to myself, and this refreshingly cool weather is great incentive to get out there. Bring it on!