Amy and I had a great Hike today at Mount Watatic. We were so happy to be out in the weather. As we approached the entrance there were a ton of cars. Easily 40 cars parked on the road. Usually there are a few, but nothing like this. So as we start walking down the path through the parking lot we see many people waiting to start a hike together. Me, being me, approach the group and extend a hello. But instead of getting a friendly hello, we felt like we were getting sized up by this group of women. OK, I guess we will just ignore that.
Time to pick a trail. Today we chose to go up the long way to the peak. If you go up the NH line trail it is a longer trail that will bring you to Nutting hill. We love that spot. So we went that way. Then we changed trails to midstate trail which brought us up the other side of Watatic where the old ski trail use to be. So we make it to the peak, feeling so strong, and we bump into the same FRIENDLY BUNCH.. Again, I said something and was totally brushed off by these people. What is their scoop? the top of Watatic has a dip and there there is a detour that holds the most beautiful view. Here is a picture from our last trip up the mountain. The same detour.
When we got to that spot they were following Amy right on her heals, literally. Rushing her along.
So we stop to have a quick protein bar and try to enjoy the rest. While we are there we are getting eaten alive by bugs. It was not pretty. So I saw a woman ask if anyone would like bug spray. Amy gets up and asks if she can use it. The woman says sure but she wanted to know Amy's name so she could learn it. so Amy takes the bug spray and says, " Amy, but I am not with your group." The woman laughs and says," then give it back then."
I show up at this point and ask if they are a hiking group. the same lady says, "Yes, but you are too young to be in this group. We are all 40 and older." All nasty like. Amy sweetly looks at her and says, "We are both 43." Nothing.
Ok, Yes, this but a damper on my hike with Amy. It bothered me because when I am outdoors I am so happy. So the smile just radiates. We love being outside and most people are so friendly. So why be so rude? IDK.
The best part of the whole thing, We don't look 40!!!! Woo Hooo thank you nasty hikers for the compliment. I told Amy that the whole group was probably not rude. Just the 7 of the 30 or so that we met. And on the way back we got to a different part of the mountain and was able to focus on the positives of this weight loss journey.
I am looking toward bigger goals. If my foot is better my friend Maura is training for a half marathon. And Maura told me today that if we want to do a triatholon, which is what I want to do, she would like to do it too. That is huge for her because she has always had a fear of water.
My non scale accomplishment for the week is planning detours when something jumps in the way like an injury. Last year at this time I would have quit with the foot pain I am in. Today I still climbed a mountain.