Monday, May 10, 2010

What I gave myself

As I sat thinking about the upcoming Mother's Day weekend (my brother in law, Scott was curious as to when Mother's Day became a whole weekend), I realized what I really wanted. Aside from the awesome day I was going to spend with my sister, I really wanted to be outside, to feel my blood pumping and my body working to accomplish something.

So I emailed everyone who was local and that was going to be around to see if anyone wanted to join me on my first annual Mother's Day hike.

I ended up with 3 takers, and at 5:30 in the morning (yeah, I'm hardcore. ok, not really, it just worked out better with everything going on that day) on Saturday we drove to the base of Little Si in North Bend Wa. It is a 5 mile round trip hike, pretty steady incline, but nothing too difficult or treacherous.

picture from (my camera weighs like a hundred pounds, so it didn't make it on the hike .)

It was pretty exciting to be on the trail that early. We saw only a couple of people and it was so quiet and peaceful and the day was perfect.

We worked our way up and reached the summit, which is only about 1200 feet, and sat on the rock overlooking the valley and ate our breakfast.

We sat in the cool of the early morning, the sky blue and clear, as we chatted and reveled in our accomplishment.

As we headed back down, I felt elated in a way I haven't felt for a while. I did something for myself that cost no money, that got me away from being inside all day, from the computer, from the hustle and bustle of my life, and I got to chat with dear friends.

It was a fantastic gift to myself, well that and the Thai food I gorged myself on with my sister later in the day.

But hey, I did go on a hike, I had to use those calories somewhere, you know?

Oh, and there might have been a yummy cupcake or two from Hello Cupcake as well.

Don't you burn like a million calories when you hike? Yeah, that's what I thought.


  1. I like your new Mother's day tradition. Your hike was in such a beautiful place.

  2. That sounds AWESOME!! If i was closer I would have come along too

  3. I LOVE that you did this!!! It is a wonderful tradition to start!!!!


  4. What an awesome tradition - i love it!I went hiking too, but with Ryan and the chidren. I think it would have been more endorphin-inducing sans the kids, though.


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