Thursday, June 23, 2016

Climbing Mt. Katahdin

                                                  Beautiful smiles in front of Chimney Pond

The mountain that many view as spiritual taught us how important it is to challenge everything we know to be true about us and our bodies. It taught us to be humble. It taught us that accomplishments sometimes come in the form of defeat. Katahdin, or Great Mountain, is a mountain that demands the utmost respect. This we learned first hand. While we may read that and hear others talk about that, I do not think we truly absorbed that message until we encountered mile after mile of rocks and the efforts we used to defeat them.

Each of us had personal goals when we began planning this climb. Go hiking with friends, get our bodies in shape, camp out in the Maine woods with female friends, and see how far we can get up the mountain were just a few. But for me, my goal was to make it to the top, touch the sign, walk the peak. It has been over 30 years since I've walked along the top of a mountain chain so the desire was strong. But we didn't make it to the top.We made it to what is called the Saddle Slide. It is so close to the top it isn't even funny. We were right there. But the message of this sign below and our predetermined turn around time of 1:00 guided our thinking.


While we had a goal to reach the top of the mountain, we also held on to our destination which was for a safe return by all to the trail head. Thankfully, reaching our destination was successfully accomplished. And now a day after our safe return home to our families we find that reflection is in order and to be honest we couldn't avoid it even if we tried. So here's what I took away from the mountain.


When you open your heart and head unimaginable things can happen.
Do not underestimate the power of going out of your comfort zone. 
When women come together to support and encourage each other, amazing things happen.
Katahdin is one heck of a challenge because it is one heck of a mountain. 
Rocks are just obstacles. We can overcome them.
There is nothing like being out in the woods or climbing a mountain. They stay with you. They refresh and nourish you.
And never get under the sheets to take a nap with your street clothes on.

We will go back to Katahdin. Because Katahdin is a mountain that demands respect, it is one that doesn't give of it's gifts too freely. They are to be worked for and earned. We will be back and we will place a little pink rock on the sign at the top because we too are worthy.

To friends who hike mountains with you, may we continue to walk onward and upward. 
Love to you amazing, strong, beautiful women - Mary

Here we are below the Saddle Slide


In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain.  Either you already reach a higher point today, or you exercise your strength in order to be able to climb higher tomorrow.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)