Nothing helps me forget my worries like going on a hike. I went on a good one with my hiking group last Saturday to Gibson Lake. We ascended through stands of pine trees and fields of wildflowers to the lake, which is above timberline.
Once there, some of the hikers wanted to keep going to the top of Whale Peak, which is the peak on the right side of the photo. It didn’t look too far away, so I decided to give it a shot. But looks can be deceiving. Soon I was huffing and puffing from the near vertical ascent to the 13,000-ft peak. We only got one-third the way up the mountain before we turned around due to some ominous clouds on the horizon. But, even at that point, the view of the valley was breathtaking.
At the end of the hike, I felt physically depleted, but emotionally recharged.