For the first time, I went on a hike by myself.
I don’t know why I thought it was going to just be a walk in the park. It was hard. I am a very inactive person. I have been working at a desk for summer and during the school year I workout maybe three times a month (I know – that’s really bad).
I hiked Black Elk Peak, previously known as Harney Peak. It’s a 6-mile hike with an incline of more than 1,000 feet.
I got up early, strapped on my Chacos, packed my bag (Mistake No.1: I took a Kavu – no hate to that specific bag but a sling bag is the worst to have on a six-mile hike because it never sits comfortably) and drove into the Black Hills. The path I took starts at Sylvan Lake. I got on the path at 8 am and when I was starting my hike there was a lot of people coming down. I was so impressed because that hike is at least three hours and not the easiest hill in the world to climb.
For the first half of the hike, I didn’t put my headphones in just to embrace the natural sounds of the birds. When I decided to play music I played some old hymns that I put into a playlist on Spotify. It was amazing. I climbed and worshiped and it was the perfect morning.
(Mistake No. 2: I brought Bluetooth headphones that only had a small charge so when they died is when I took them off. That part wasn’t voluntary)
When I got to the top, to catch my breath I sat down on a grassy spot and read my bible. I had been reading through James and I sat and meditated on God’s words. I was reminded of the psalm, “I lift my eyes up to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” Psalm 121:1-2 ESV.
How perfect? I was literally lifting my eyes from God’s word to the hills. I couldn’t have had a better morning.
I have had a tough year but God is GOOD! He has gotten me through it all and I just love Him so much.
So I came down from my hike refreshed and loving life. The decline of the hill was a much more enjoyable. After reaching my decent, I laid in the sun on the beach of Sylvan for a bit just resting and then I got in my car and headed home.
*you can see my Chaco tan starting to form in this picture.
Doing something I wanted to do right when I wanted to do it was real growth for me. I don’t really do things on my own for fear of looking stupid but I decided that I just can’t care about that anymore. I wanted to hike the hill and everyone else is busy so I just did it. I want to be a more independent person and I know the only way to grow in that direction is by application. I did it and I loved it and I would do it again in a heartbeat. (after a little more exercise)