Oh, my, goodness…. you guys.
For a while now Chris has been saying how much he wanted to head out to the mountains and hike, but our summer has been pretty busy and it’s been effing HOT. He mentioned wanting to hike up East End of Rundle (EEOR), but was wary going with me as I exhaust easily since being sick (I literally must nap in-between events when we have a jam packed day). However…. I was set to prove him wrong.
Keep in mind I have zero interest or experience in exercising in any way, shape, or form. I have never scrambled before. Nor do I have hiking shoes. Or anything hiking related. I’ve always enjoyed going out to the mountains to look at them… but achieving hikes rated as “difficult” on trail peak has never been my thing. The most difficult hike I did was last summer; we did Bourgeau Lake (that one is hella long), and it was a pretty big feat for me!
We decided to head out late Saturday afternoon two weekends ago due to the weather (it was going to be pretty hot) and because we wanted to catch sunset on the mountain. We actually drove out to the wrong place and hiked down Goat Creek Trail by accident thinking it was EEOR. Approximately 20-25 minutes into the hike we realized we were not in the right place, so we hiked back up and drove back out to try to find the beginning of Rundle. Turns out it was a random little pathway on the side of the road that went straight uphill and looked super sketch. There was also a sign warning us not to touch a bomb if we saw one. Nice.
I wore Nike Roshes that day (It was my only pair of sneakers I had at Chris’ place that day) thinking it would be fine, but boy, WAS I WRONG. It was not bad going uphill at all, in fact, it was actually pretty fun! I was crawling on all fours at some point because it was pretty steep (and I’m a chicken) but I trucked on.
As we continued to go uphill, a sinking feeling sat in my chest as I realized this was going to be a bitch going down… I was pretty sure I was going to lose my toenails from my foot hitting up against my shoes going downhill (It happened on our hike back from Bourgeau). Renee shared her power-up gummies with us that she got from MEC and I was dead sure it worked because I had crazy bursts of energy going uphill, hahaha!
The view at the top was so worth it! It was actually very windy and cloudy that day (it drizzled on us a bit as we went downhill). I saw marmots for the very first time in my life and it was kinda fun to see! A squirrel was on the prowl for Long’s sandwich and he attempted to lure it several times for photos (as seen below):
Renee lent me her walking sticks to go downhill, but my shoes were a poor choice and I was sliding everywhere regardless… not gonna lie, I wasn’t sure if I would make it down in one piece. I kept eyeing the helicopter that flew overhead and wondered if I would need to make the call, HAHAHA. I ended up sliding down basically the entire mountain on my ass, lifting myself with my wrists and legs. I looked like an idiot and it was probably 100x more work than I needed to put in if I had better shoes. Although, I do have to give Long and Chris lots of kudos for making it down fine in their runners, they made it look like a stroll while I lagged behind, and Renee was behind me encouraging me the whole way down, HAHAHA. We actually hiked in the dark near the last quarter of the hike, as the sun went down. We were off path for what seemed like forever, sliding down random rocks and being confused about where we were. I was terrified we were going to get eaten by bears!
All in all, it was a surprisingly fun hike going up and a total hell hole coming down. Note to self to get proper hiking boots next time, and maybe a hike with no scrambling or traversing involved (just kidding, but not really). Would I do it again? … Probably not if I don’t have to.
I finally sucked it up and ordered a new macbook pro. Macs are getting crazy expensive and I really struggled with trying to justify the purchase. My macbook is almost 8 years old now, and it seems to be doing relatively okay just for surfing on the internet… but it’s been heating up and the fan’s been whirring after using it for the first five minutes. Editing videos = major pain. I’m also a thousand years of updates behind because it won’t be able to handle it. So, I bit the bullet and pressed ‘order’.
ALSO – our move in date got pushed back. Just a little reminder that not everything pans out the way we want it to sometimes, but it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t part of the bigger plan… more shopping for me! WEEEEE!
Until next time!