The funny thing about this is that I am totally serious. I haven't always wanted to spend time in the mountains. As a child, my family had a cabin in Midway, Utah. We spent so many summers at that cabin. I liked it, but they were Utah summers. Dry. Weedy. And, frankly, not fun to run out and play. To "hike" meant following the road as far as I wanted to (or until I got scared) then turning around and heading back. My hikes were more like walks. However, my brothers were always hiking. Once as a teenager, I went hiking with my brother who decided to head STRAIGHT up the mountain instead of finding a trail to follow. WHAT THE HECK! Who does that? Anyway, I have never really loved hiking. It just wasn't for me. Plus, I'm a whimp when it comes to being alone in nature. What about the bears, cougars/mountain lions, snakes, poison ivy, creepy guys waiting for me to walk past so they can murder me and throw me off the cliff (legit fear). But I want to change that. Seeing my friends and family find peace in nature has made me somewhat envious. I have become addicted to noise and technology in an unhealthy way. My mind and eyes have to be "on" constantly; on the computer or on my phone.
Why am I telling you all this? Because I want to change. I want to find peace in my surroundings and in nature. I want to go someplace where I can't be "ON". And, I want to write about it. Consider this my open, online journal that anyone can read if you want. This is the start (hopefully) of the change I want to make in my life. To be come more centered, happy and peaceful. Plus, my trainer says that hiking is the very best cardio workout and burns the most fat - so there's that.