Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sheepish Victory

On a recent very long hike....


...I had the odd feeling of unlimited energy. Up, up we went into the mountains behind our house, passing this view...

And this view...


And even this view...


We hit a 3-way split in the path. One went level to the left. One went down straight ahead. And one went up to the right. "Let's keep going up!" I insisted, while Deanna groaned. My reasoning, which I thought impeccable at the time, was that if we went down, we'd have to come back up again, and I didn't want to do that at the end of a hike. And if we stayed level, what was the point of all the effort we'd already been making by climbing so long? So, ever agreeable, Deanna acquiesced and we began the ascent...up...up...up a path that quickly proved itself NOT the official path, nor even the SEMI-official path. By the time we were practically on our bellies, grasping tree roots to pull ourselves up the next foot, I was verbally repenting and Deanna was insisting that we at least finish what we'd started and see what was at the top. Something gorgeous, hopefully. The path was way to steep to show up well in a photo, but here is one of Deanna sliding back down on her rear (which was the only way to do it). (I'm not giving away too much to reveal that we survived and made it down again, as you should already be clued in to that fact.)


And what did we emerge to find? Not a gorgeous view, not a spectacular mountaintop.

No.

We had climbed to the tunnels of the Pali Highway, which crosses the mountains on the peak behind our house. Sheepish victory indeed.




I'm just sorry for the motorists who were probably wondering what on earth two extremely red, sweaty girls were doing on the side of the highway, and for the police helicopter that so concernedly flew low over us a few moments later when we'd hiked over to an actual lookout. We attempted to look nonchalant and relaxed, and they continued their sweep without a rescue attempt. Happily.

1 comment:

Anna Peterson said...

No way! Do you think they actually came looking for you?!