With my first hike under my belt, and the second of three knee injections, I was off to my next hiking adventure. This time we went to North Carolina to a fabulous place called Stone Mountain.
This hike was quite difficult compared to my first one, mainly because you are walking up a very steep incline and you think you will never see the end. We passed several people on the way up who had to stop and catch their breaths. What a great sense of accomplishment once we finally reached the top.
And the view. . .
You really felt like you were on top of the world.
Coming down was interesting, my husband told me we could go down a different way than we came up but there would be steps going down. Since I have no trouble taking steps down, I eagerly agreed. We saw some amazing things on the other side:
It seemed like we went down much deeper than what we climbed up, but I didn’t think much about it until we were at the bottom, exhausted, and I just wanted to get to the car. I asked a woman coming from the opposite direction if we were close to the parking lot, and she said “Oh honey, I have some bad news for you – you’ve got about 350 steps to go up before reaching the parking lot. My heart sank, I looked accusingly at my husband (who had done this hike earlier with our daughter) – What??? He said he had forgotten that part. Sure.
We actually counted the steps as we made our way (mostly in silence) back to the car. She was exactly right. But we also saw some amazing things along the way and that’s what I choose to remember.
All was forgiven as I discovered the injections had worked and I had no knee pain. My hiking adventures had just begun and I could not wait for the next one!