A lifestyle blog about life and living in Southeast, Alaska.
September 3, 2016
The night before my hike up 3920 I was mentally apologizing to my body, "Sorry body for what I am about to put you through tomorrow, but we can do this." I was going to write a long post about the long ten mile trek up to the saddle of Mt. Ripinsky and how I thought it was so silly of me to think I could keep up with a bunch of marathon runners or the fact that I was so nervous about leaving Loralai for the first time since she was born for more than a few hours I was almost in tears. But I didn't want to do that.
So now that I am done and I've hit the summit of 3920 twice now in my life (once before, when I was 23) I feel content and thankful that I got to share it with a group of woman that inspired me to challenge myself, push myself and know that my body is capable of so much more than I think it is. All these woman are mothers, love their community, and care for one another. It's hard to capture the details of the trip in all it's beauty and magical quality that it brings to the soul in words. But now that I am in recovery mode, watching Frozen with Loralai and icing my knees from the 5 mile trek down I kiss her forehead and know that I want her to be able to be challenged, capable, and strong. I want her to accomplish anything she puts her mind to but most importantly I want her to know that to accomplish great things you must have a strong team that surrounds you, to push you, and to help you when you struggle. For me, it just happens to be a group of Haines women who don't just climb mountains, they move them too. Everyone should be so lucky.
She has been feeling it for a while now -- that sense of awakening. There is a gently rage simmering inside her, and it's getting strong by the day. She will hold it close to her -- she will nurture it and let it grow. She won't let anyone take it away from her. It is her rocket fuel, and finally she is going places. She can feel it down to her very core -- this is her time. She will not only climb mountains -- she will move them too.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!