Friday, May 4, 2012

Back on the Horse

Okay, time to restart.  I have had an amazingly busy and draining few weeks that has left little in the tank for writing, but it just takes one post to restart right?  Warning:  These next few posts may not be amazing, as I work to find my groove again. 

I have been saying yes to a lot of new experiences this month, and it's been wonderful. My husband and I were having breakfast at our favorite local breakfast diner last Saturday and he casually mentioned that we could hike Mission Ridge and snowboard down.  It was a beautiful sunny day in Wenatchee, and my response was an enthusiastic, "Yes!  Let's do it!  Can we take the dogs?".  I love spending time with my dogs and the only downside to snowboard season is that they get left at home - a lot. 

So with a plan, we headed home to gather supplies and an hour later were in the car heading to the Ridge.  Let me tell you that hiking for 2 1/2 hours straight up a mountain is exhausting.  But, it was also one of the best things I've done in a long time.  Mark and I had 2 1/2 hours to just be in the moment and enjoy the beauty of nature.  I challenged my body physically, and quite literally conquered a mountain.  When we reached the top (which we hadn't set out to do, but it was so close we had to finish), I took a moment and looked down at what I had accomplished.  There is nothing like standing at the top of a mountain that you climbed and look down at the valley below.  To have your heart filled with pride in yourself and your body physically drained is an amazing feeling. 

I strapped my snowboard on my feet and headed down the hill.  You should have seen my dogs flying behind me, it was quite hilarious.  2 1/2 hours to climb the hill and 10 minutes to come down.  The dogs sprinted the entire mountain with tongues and tails wagging the entire time. 

Saturday was a good day.  A day when I combined four of my greatest loves, spending time with my husband, having an adventure with my dogs, hiking, accomplishing a pretty big goal, and snowboarding in the sunshine.  And it was all spontaneous, unplanned adventure. 

Now this Saturday will be the opposite.  This Saturday is planned from the moment I wake up until my head hits the pillow several hours later.  Jam packed with fun and different adventures.  I'm not sure this is what people say when they say live a balanced life, but it's my life and I'm loving it. 

Pictures coming soon....

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