Sunday, November 25, 2012

60-Day Hiking Challenge: The "Y": Week 1

This past summer I decided to challenge myself physically. I needed something repetitive that I didn't have to think about each day - I would just get up and go. I wanted to be outside. I wanted Kal with me. Most of the time I wanted it to be just me & him, so I could use the time to meditate and think. It was a very cleansing experience. Brought a lot of peace in my life to be in nature and to spend that much one-on-one time with my son. I decided on a 60-day hiking challenge up to the "Y" in Provo. The goal was 6 hikes a week for 10 weeks. This was Week 1.

Hiking Day 1. Kal's ready for snacks and we haven't even started yet!

84-88 degrees. The sun was outta control!

You can tell he loves riding on Daddy's shoulders!

We made it to the top!

Hiking Day 2.

He loves swishing his feet and hands around in the dirt, so I just let him go barefoot...

Lesson learned: I need SPF 85, not 50.

I'm sure my brother would kill me if he knew I posted this. :)

Hiking Day 3.

Weather was stormy. Perfect temperature... 60-64 degrees. Felt great! Lesson learned: my performance is in direct correlation to the temperature! I knocked almost an hour off my original time because the temperature was closer to 60 than 90! Omg, was that a hot day!

Loved how the sun was peaking through the clouds and shining on the lake!

Caressing his pet rock...

My bro.

Hiking Day 4.

Trying to show the sunburn on my scalp...

Hiking Day 5. The weather was crazy rainy & windy, so Zay took Kal back down at Turn 2 (there's 11 turns/switchbacks before you get to the top of the Y).

The weather is ~crazy~ but is that gonna stop me?

Heck to the friggin no!

I ran the entire rest of the hike by myself in 35 minutes! Take that, elements! Take that, mountain!

Hiking Day 6. It averaged about 59 degrees, so we bundled up!

Clapping and singing.

Snacking on Goldfish.

Reaching out to touch stuff with his grubby Goldfish hands, haha.

Staying hydrated.

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