Relationships should help you, not hurt you. Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be.
When my sister and I started our ladies hiking group almost 2 years ago, it was because I was experiencing some postpartum anxiety that crept up on me at about 6 months post delivery. After having that sweet baby in April, I felt amazing— that is, until the dark months of winter hit. At that time I knew the way I felt was “off” and I didn’t want it to become my new normal. So, my sister asked me what I planned to do about it and I told her I wanted to do challenging things outdoors with amazing women.
Where did that idea even come from, I’m not exactly sure. But it worked! 23 hikes later, I have never felt so thankful for the ladies in my life and that postpartum anxiety has slowly disappeared over the last 2 years. Fresh air, exercise and friendship are so powerful. Was it all from being in the woods? Certainly not. I believe it was a combination of being around people who really inspire me and also doing things that help me feel like more than just a Mom. Being a Mom was my lifelong dream, but once in awhile, I need a few hours where I am simply a strong and capable woman. Sometimes we really underestimate our need to be in friendship with other people and we certainly underestimate what exercise and a good challenge can do for us.“Why did I sign up for this?’
‘Because we grow by challenging ourselves.”
― Beth Fantaskey
When we decided to plan monthly ladies hikes, we didn’t know how many other women would want to do this sort of thing and even now, 2 years later, the need for this still amazes me. Moms are wanting a few hours where they can get away, feel their heart pound and see the world. I feel so blessed to be part of it and to have women in my life who enjoy the same things I do. It’s also been incredible to see ladies grow in friendship with each other and connect on a real level! Many of the gals I hike with regularly have become my good friends, simply from being on the trail and talking with them. Some of the best conversations have happened, while raindrops slip down foreheads and legs ache as we climb.Our last hike took us to Heather Lake, a trail I’ve done a few times before. We hiked on a Sunday afternoon so this hike was the perfect length. Starting about 2:30pm, we were back to our cars about 5:30pm, and home in time to help with bedtimes.
The road to the trail had potholes, but it wasn’t anything too terrible at all. It’s fairly short, which is also nice and there’s a toilet at the trail head. The hike itself is only 4.6 miles roundtrip, but it’s a fairly steady climb, so if you’re looking for a quicker challenge, this one might be perfect for you. The lake at the top is fairly small, but incredibly beautiful, as it’s surrounded by rocky, waterfall covered hills. I still have yet to do this one on a sunny day, but I’d really like to. It would be a great spot to go on an afternoon date, with a picnic.
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.”
― Margaret Thatcher