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Pikes Peak

July 23, 2009

“What the heck, Sarah? Where have you been? What about the drawing from your favorite book?”

Welllllll, I was a little busy. 🙂





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I was on vacation with my boyfriend, Drue (remember him?). We went to Colorado to do some intense mountain hiking. We hiked the Mills Lake trail and reached the summit of two mountains: Flattop Mountain and Pikes Peak! It was pretty amazing. Pikes Peak has an elevation of 14,110 ft. (called a “fourteener” in hiking lingo), and it was the most grueling, exhausting physical work I’ve ever done. The trail head started at around 6,600 ft., so that means we had about 7,500 ft. of elevation gain to cover. We started at five A.M., and at first we had a pretty good pace of about 1,000 ft. of elevation per hour. However, once we got to around 12,500 ft. the struggle to breathe became very intense. We had to stop and rest every ten paces or so. When we finally reached the summit after eleven hours, I was so exhausted that I didn’t know what else to do except plop down on my ass and cry. Cheryl, a member of our hiking party, said to me, “You are going to have a really difficult time trying to explain to people just how insane this experience was. Lemme just say that if you have the psychological strength to deal with the pain and endurance of getting the hell up this mountain, then you’ll do fine with child birth. And you’ll cry at the end of that, too.” Okay then! I think that sums it up pretty well, actually!


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