So last night after work I decided to join a "beginners" hiking group on the trail that I have done many times with Kathy at South Mountain. I was excited for a bit of a challenge because I knew the pace would be faster but the trail familiar. When I arrived the leader and one other guy seemed to look me up and down and I immediately felt I had made a bad choice. There was awkward conversation and then two more folks arrived. One was new to the group like me and one was new to the leader of this hike. The leader asked us where we were in our skill level (umm, beginner that is why I joined this group) and decided we would do a more difficult trail. It was already getting dark by the time we started and we were off so fast that I didn't even get to start my map my hike app. By the time we got to the top of the first crest my sock was under my foot and I asked to stop for 30 seconds while I fixed it. I also snapped this picture about then.
We continued along me chasing three of the people with one nice fellow staying with me (the new to the leader guy) who was the only reason I didn't just give up. Thanks universe for putting him in my path. We trucked up and down and all around and the three ahead did stop and wait two-three minutes or so for us to catch up a few times, as soon as we arrived they would continue on. All told I "rested" for 30 seconds tying my shoe, 30 seconds before this second pic was taken (that was all the pics I got, we were moving so fast I could not stop to take off my jacket and had to do it while moving, and put my light on while moving too) and about 30 seconds when I fell. All in all we covered three miles on very mountainous terrain in the dark in about an hour. It was the most stressful hike I have ever been on and I cried all the way home. So much for feeling like I have come a long way (down 72.2 pounds) since February. I unjoined the group and told the person in charge they need to change their description which says beginnner, 2 miles in an hour and says the easy trail. At the end of it all the leader said Monday night are our easy hikes. My reply was well don't worry I wouldn't consider coming any other night if this is the easy hike.
I was so upset over it all I woke up in the middle of the night angry! So this morning before work I quickly made the next Temucula Quilt Co "Christmas Past and Presents" pinwheel blocks for my mini mystery. That helped me feel a little better (as did all my online support on fb).
I am looking forward to the new project SoScrappy Angela has planned for us for next year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC)! I am going to add this button to my blog.
Here is this next year's plan! Each star will have a different small sampler type block in the center. How fun is that? Really looking forward to it. Click on over if you want more info and join us this year. A few blocks a month and a gorgeous quilt at the end of the year! Angela has weekly linkys on Saturday so we can follow everyone's progress and you get to know other bloggers that way too! FUN! Who's in?