6/29 – 6/30/2012
Birthday – Day 1
Boulder Oaks to Lake Morena
Today’s segment from Boulder Oaks to Lake Morena kicked my butt. We planned on a short day because of tomorrow’s 20-mile hike to Campo. We figured we’d start off by noon, get to Lake Morena by 3:00 and I’d have time to enjoy a book. As we hiked an ascent about two miles into the hike, I hit a wall. I had to stop a gazillion times to rest up. I was so frustrated with myself. I drank a river of water and still felt dizzy.
I’m not sure if it was the heat, the elevation, the extra weight in my pack, the allergies I suddenly seemed to have or the wine I had the night before celebrating my birthday with a few friends from work (though it was sure fun). Or, maybe, it has something to do with turning 51. In either case, the trail beat me up that day. One of my friends asked, and why are you doing this? I was thinking along the trail then, I…don’t…know.
I will say at one point I was thinking and feeling emotional about how truly rich I am with love from my family and friends. As I get well-wishes on my birthday from so many of those I love, I hope they all know just how much they have touched my heart.
Check back soon to read about our next segment, Lake Morena to the South Terminus. Lynn is finishing up on that post today.