Hiking on the fourth
Saturday, July 05, 2008
So, you can be a gym rat. Go pretty much every day, most days of the week. But that does not prepare you for actual hiking. Trust me. Both sides of my butt are whining with soreness every time I walk.
I had no idea that so many people would want to go see a waterfall on the 4th! I also had no idea that so many people really couldn't care less about others! They'd just be walking and then decide to stop right in front of you, then almost seem mad when you go around them. Oh, were you wanting me to just stop right here too? Wait for you to be done? Or the amount of people who don't understand the concept of a single file line. No, that's ok, really, I wanted to be that friendly with the rock so your entire group could walk side by side.
Also, what's with parents and doublewide strollers? I was already a little irritated by how many people are pushing their kids up with strollers, (walking very slowly, big bulky strollers) and then we saw at least 3 doublewide strollers. The trails are BARELY wide enough for one person going up to walk past one person going down. There are no guardrails to keep me from falling to my death just because you don't want to have to carry your kids.
That being said, Aubrey and I only took a couple of breaks on the way up. I made it up once...about 90 pounds ago. But I had to stop at every single switchback because I was so tired. It must have taken us an hour and a half that time. This time it took about 40 minutes, and that was mostly because of trying to get around the slow people in front of us. Although I learned that going downhill does not keep my heart rate up. I've already been noticing that my heart rate plummets pretty much the minute I stop doing something, no matter how high it was. I took my heart rate monitor with me and burned almost 250 calories going up. Only about 35 going down. My goal was 300 total, so I had to kinda "jog" and "hop" my way down trying to get my heart rate to go above 90. I think I hit 91 once going down, whereas going up I was averaging about 130.
Then we went to the park and watched the fireworks. I hope everyone else had a fun time celebrating independence day!