Sunday night I couldn’t sleep. I learned the deal on selling my house went sour- and it made me sad. I had hoped to sell the house, get out of debt and have a few more choices open up since my money wouldn’t be locked into payments…so many payments! Would I still get my masters with student loans, yes. But I digress on what I really want to share about this amazing experience here at The Ridge! I didn’t sleep much at all last night, maybe three hours. Money worries suck, don’t they? When I got up to prepare for my hike, I told my roommate, Paulina, I was glad the Monday hikes are used for evaluation. Hikers can let their level be known! Monday hikes are usually rocky inclines with some nice views.
My hike was rocky with a nice view, but it was one of the toughest hikes I have experienced. And scariest. Remember the wall I wrote about? Remember the fear I wrote about? Remember how I felt like the kid on the diving board who backed off the board because she was too afraid to jump off? This morning I could not get off the diving board. I had to jump, or rather climb several very steep walls. The hike is called Awesome Chasm, and it was. The first 2 miles was a sandy hike, then we went up. Straight up. The first wall we came to (I call it wall!) was the place where I broke through my fear. I had to, because the only way we were all going was up. There were five guests on the hike and two guides. All off them were amazing. They spoke softly, kept me calm and guided my way step by step. Here is the picture when I made arrived!