Waking up with the sun. Love the warm light filtering through the forest filling me with energy
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Last week I wrote of my first attempt at climbing Adams and how I was not prepared mentally or physically to make the summit of that mountain. Of course at the age of 15 that is understandable. My second attempt fired by that "failure" went much better, my promise to myself being that I would never throw in the towel on a mountain or route because I wasn't physically prepared for the undertaking. Then came my first attempt at circumnavigating Tahoma on the iconic Wonderland Trail.
It was late June in 2015 and my plan was to do the loop in three days with my mom coming up from Portland to support me on my endeavor. As those of us living in the Pacific Northwest at the time know, that was a winter that wasn't. Normally a Wonderland attempt in June is going to be peppered with fording the rivers as the bridges are still washed out, lots of navigating of blowdowns and most of all, a lot of snow. But this year was different, by the end of June, there was hardly any snow remaining on the trail and the bridges were all in place.
I started early in the morning from the White River Campground headed towards Longmire in a clockwise direction. The day started pleasant enough and I quickly made my way up through Summerland and up and over Panhandle Gap. But as the sun rose in the sky, the record breaking heat began to takes it's toll on me. Despite hydrating at every water source, I began to fall behind on my hydration. I was still new to trail running and continued to push, thinking I had to keep a certain pace up instead of dialing it down and being content with finishing in the dark. As I dropped down towards Stevens Canyon, my kidneys started to hurt and I felt the need to urinate constantly though I didn't have any liquid in me to pass.
The climb out of Stevens Canyon was grueling and about six miles from Longmire I noticed blood in my urine. I immediately knew that to continue the next day on the most remote and challenging section of the trail between Longmire and Mowich Lake would be a foolish decision and I made the call to end the attempt. I would rest the next day before finishing the third section between Mowich Lake and White River.
I could have chosen any photo but this one. I could have used one where I was wearing normal clothes, where my hair was clean and down, where I was not functioning like a zombie, where I was smiling. The list goes on. But I chose this one this morning because it is real life.
I chose to stay out late last night because my “I need to be around humans” extrovert side was strong and I was with some of my favorite humans. I am functioning on 5 hours of sleep. I debated skipping my workout and going back to sleep. This forty minute workout had me silently cursing the trainer, taking short breaks, and wanting to quit about every two minutes.
But I am better than that, worth more than those excuses that play on repeat in my head. This morning I walked away proud of myself - proud of how far my mindset has come, proud of finally committing to something 100%, proud of trusting the process, and proud for not quitting when I easily could have.
You are worth it - every hard moment, every time you say “no” to something that isn’t good for your body, every time you have to explain to someone why you are making a healthier choice, and every time you choose to say “yes” despite the excuses likely running through your mind. Choose yourself because you are W O R T H I T.
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Location: #NeahkahnieMountain, 11 miles south of #CannonBeach.
The 2.7 mile long trail up the mountain offers a wide variety of flowers to see including bloom including the Columbia Windflower, Trailing Blackberry, very pink specimens of Candy Flower, rare Coast Fawn Lilies and of course, the ever present Salal. As the trail climbs higher through switchbacks, there are views of the ocean, including a look north to stunning coastal cliffs. You'll see #NeahkahnieBeach, Manzanita and the beach all the way to the mouth of the #NehalemRiver.
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It's truly impossible to portray the scale of these trees with a photograph... but that doesn't mean I'm not going to give it my best shot every time I happen to pass through 🤷🏻♂️
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