Death by Twig

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So, I went hiking again. Frick man this hiking thing is destroying me. You know, I say that, but I’ve been having so much fun and I feel really good doing it that I would, and will continue to hike. Especially with the group I’ve put together.

This time we took the Pincushion trail in Peachland and my god it was beautiful. The views were to die for, mostly because I felt like I was dying over most of the walk up the mountain. About three quarters of the way up, we started to see snow even, and the lake looked stunning from up top the mountain.

This shot was from only halfway up the mountain!

Coming around this time, got the boyfriend, roommate and my buddy who we went on that long ass walk with us last week. Oh, and the two dogs of course. I am, by far, the least experienced person in the group, but my friends are genuine and amazing people, I didn’t feel like I was behind or anything. I did have to stop and die a few time going up, but whatever.

Quite a few groups of people past us going both directions; people of all ages and a few dogs too. I was too busy trying to breathe and not let my noodle legs defeat me in climbing this mountain. I may be out of shape, but I’m also stubborn. By the time this quarantine is over, I want to be able to walk to the lake near my house and not be dying, at least as much.
As I was too busy putting one foot in front of the other, my boyfriend was taking beautiful shots of the hike. Here are some of my favourites!

He also happened to take the most unflattering pictures of me ever, but I’ll let those pictures hide away forever. But no, in all honesty, I had a great time. We’ve got a long walk planned for later this week again. I was watching a hiking video for the PCT and the person filming said “the body gets used to walking, it’s just one foot in front of the other, it’s your mind that will stop you.” I 100% believe that. My body was tired sure, but my brain didn’t want to stop: I didn’t want to be the person who didn’t get to see the view from the top of the mountain. That hike was totally worth it, and I would love to do it again once hiking is easier for me. There’s a flag pole a little past the peak that I didn’t see, and I want to still.

Oh, on the way down!
The way down was a lot faster, and more dangerous. The title of this post is “Death by Twig”, and the reason for that is a piece of a tree branch caught the inside of my sneaker and I tripped. I was startled and said “a tree tried to kill me”. I got laughed at, so we made the title what it is because of that. Besides trees trying to end my life early, there were bits of the path that had froze over, which made going back down a tad more difficult. About half way down the frozen bits and snow were gone, however, there were stairs.
If you’re as lazy as I am, stairs suck absolute unholy amounts. Walking on Lego is probably the only thing worse. Attempting to avoid the stairs, I walked around. Well, it was more like skating down the hillside, until I fell on my butt. Using my hands to catch myself was probably a bad idea too. Today I noticed the palms of my hands are even bruised. But whatever, it was quite an adventure! Making it to the bottom, I was sore, hungry and ready for a nap, but I’m glad I did it.

Because it was a hike and not a walk, my step counter through my phone probably wasn’t accurate, which is too bad. We went quite a distance up and around that mountain. I had so much fun and I can’t wait for Saturday for our next trip to wherever we end up!
That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!
Well, that and Happy (early) April!
Love ya!
— Deryn

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