Last Push to the Top
Your boots hit the ground with extra enthusiasm as you head out on a new trail.
Wildflowers to the left, tall grass blowing in the wind to the right. An enticing tree tunnel looming before you.
The trail offers surprises at each new turn.
And then you hit the upward grade. Not steep, but still a climb.
It’s sunny. The breeze has disappeared. Tree cover only appears sporadically.
The map says it’s a mere half mile to the peak you’re aiming for.
But the incline rises more sharply. The trees are sparser. And the sun is hotter.
After endless turns hoping for the summit stretch, the last shot to the top finally comes into view.
Everyone manages the final push up that last damned steep rise.
A snack break looking at stunning views, a new breeze cooling your face, and it’s time to do the return end of the loop.
The swear words muttered on that last push upward turn to joking banter as the troops head downhill along a new section of trail, filled with its own unique delights.
Sometimes one week of life, one day of life, one hour of life can feel like that last steep section of trail. Somehow we manage to reach resting spots with clarifying vistas.
Don’t forget to take a break. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself. Don’t forget to look out for your fellow travelers.
Rest up and enjoy your downhill stretches so you can hold up for the next uphill challenge.
Keep putting one foot forward.
This week’s Hike Notes, Bald Hill from Deer Park, introduces one of countless hike options from Deer Park in Fairfax. The climb is worth the feeling of satisfaction as well as the views.
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Hike Notes 65: Bald Hill from Deer Park
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