Monday, September 29, 2008

That Which Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

Saturday morning, the Burgeners were feeling adventurous. And aslo spontaneous. Oh yeah. Kylie took the liberty of finding a simple, joyful out-of-doors experience online. Afterall, how hard could a 3-mile hike really be? It sounded like the perfect adventure for us cooped-up, commuting, lazy types who just need some fresh air on a perfect Indian-Summer morning. So, we packed a lunch and headed out into the great, wide world.

Apparently, if you haven't been on a hike in several years, and you didn't realize it was 3 miles in AND 3 miles out, and the total elevation gain is over a half mile in those 3 miles, a hike like this can be VERY difficult. We should know, we survived!

Although our legs are aching and we feel as though we are possibly the most out-of-shape couple on the planet right now (seriously, at least 7 60+ men passed us on the way up), we had a marvelous time. The leaves were just starting to turn fantastic shades of gold and orange.

And the view from the top was gorgeous, as well. We felt a great sense of accomplishment at not having quit, at making it all the way.
Additionally, we had five hours all to ourselves, with no TV, email, or homework. We talked and laughed and felt rejuvinated in spirit, if nothing else, by the time we reached the bottom.
So although we have fondly nicknamed it "The Hike of Death," we had a very enjoyable Saturday (although not so much joy on Sunday and Monday, since we're bruised and battered and SORE). Someday, it can be expected that we'll repeat it.

8 comments:

Roger and Laurene said...

Ky, these shots are gorgeous! What you can do with your camera is amazing. What a beautiful place and a wonderful way to enjoy each other... and the changing season. If we wouldn't have had so much fun ourselves, I'd totally be jealous. It looks to me like it was worth the bottle of Ibuprophen. :)

Kyle Andrew said...

in case you forgot, your cousin kyle loves hikes and beautiful scenery. . .

Chelsi and Trevor said...

Mama Jackson is right! These pictures are beautiful. They seriously made me wish I was there, and brought on a twinge of homesickness and desert-dweller longing for the mountains and changing leaves. Good for you guys!

Williams Family said...

You're better than us Kylie - our "quality time" usually consists of a blockbuster movie and one or both of us snoring. Maybe we should set the bar a little higher.

abby said...

I don't know what you are talking about... Those pictures are awesome!!!!

Mike and Erin Duerden- said...

that looks like an awesome hike! i would love to come down and do that before it gets too cold. is it close by west jordan?

CS Bronson said...

This looks like so much fun!! I'm sure that I would like a 6 mile hike though... but atleast it was pretty :)

Kerry & Brenda Denney said...

Kylie - Loved your title and loved seeing the beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing.