It’s okay, I’m up to my knees in a challenge, but tacos are involved.

A couple of weeks ago, a blurb about our President, Bill Hayes, leading a group hike to Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier came up on Verity’s intranet site. If we were interested, we were asked to email Tina H. to put us on the list. I did this with visions of a nice stroll up to a landmark on Mt. Rainier somewhere, hanging out with co-workers, and maybe having a snowball fight. Sounds fun, right?

Yesterday I went to Bill’s office to listen to the details of the hike:

  • Distance: 9.3 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 4836 ft
  • Hike Time: 6.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Strenuous? Apparently so, but my pride and ego are telling me it is too late to turn back now. I think last time I attempted something strenuous is hitting a triple in a softball game.

We were given a list of essentials needed for the hike: boots, gators, hiking poles, sunscreen, sunglasses, lots of water, and tacos – yes, I said tacos! (We’ll see how that turns out.) A Camp Muir hike alum explained why she’s not attempting the hike this year, “because I’m out of shape, short…” I heard these first two word and my heart started pumping harder than it was after walking up the flight of stairs to Bill’s office. I’m rather shaped like a teapot; short, stout, no handle or spout, but I could hold enough tea to satisfy the customers at the Queen Mary Tea Room all day on Mother’s Day. I have visions of snow up to my knees trying to keep up with my taller co-workers.

There’s going to be a few long “training hikes” up to Mt. Si to prepare us and we were advised to find other ways to make sure we are prepared for “how hard” this hike is. What seemed like a walk in the park has turned out to be a challenging goal.

I am excited about having this new goal. I just accomplished my most recent one by writing my first blog – this one – and I’d have to say it feels good knowing what once seemed kind of intimidating really wasn’t at all. What do goals do for me? They give me a sense of accomplishment and reasoning that I can do whatever I put my mind, effort and work into. What do goals for you?

Dave Nelson

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5 Responses

  1. Ken Nelson says:

    Goals: If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it’s ok. But you’ve got to shoot for something. A lot of people don’t even shoot. (Robert Townsend)

    Go for it Dave!


  2. Auntie Edie says:

    If your hiking is as successful as your blog writing, you will do fine, David. Good luck!

  3. Kate says:

    I’m positive that you can do it. Just pretend I’m behind you, cheering you on. 🙂

  4. Karyn says:

    Hi David. Sorry I didn’t log into your site until today. I’m the one who stopped and picked you up when you were trudging home with the detergent the other night. Looks like maybe I interrupted your training exercise … Some of my friends hike up Mt. Si every week on Tuesday night (supposed to be fun) if you are looking for people to hike with. Karyn

  5. Jason Gray says:

    Dave that sounds like a wonderful goal. If you need a partner to train with let me know.

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