Hey there Sparkers.
This is kind of a hard post for me. One of my main goals this year was to be able to climb the lift of Wild Eagle without being so worn out I was useless for the rest of the day. Last Friday, I got the chance to test it out and see how far I'd come, and I'm happy to say that my workouts have been a success. I made it up and down all 235 steps to the top without any trouble at all. In fact, I managed them far better than some of my coworkers, whom I thought were in better shape than me, did!
However, it is bittersweet because as of Tuesday, I no longer work for Dollywood. I don't want to go in to details here, partially because it's too involved, but mainly because it's in the past and I've moved on. I'll just say that on Monday, an incident occurred which made me realize that my passions were in the wrong place, and that the company really wasn't the right fit for me and so Tuesday morning I turned in my resignation with a heavy heart.
I do have some great memories, and in many ways I will really miss my job, especially my amazing coworkers. I wish things hadn't ended the way they did, but sometimes you just have to pay attention to what the world is trying to tell you, and it was telling me that it was time to move on.
I also have some great pictures from the summit of Wild Eagle's lift and I thought you guys would like to see them.
I sure felt right at home up there!
The highest point in the park makes for a spectacular view of the Smoky Mountains.
205 feet up and looking straight down.
That's 235 stairs to the top. I counted them myself!
I'm glad I took my camera up there, because I didn't know at the time that it would be my last trip up those stairs. From now on, I'll just enjoy the view from a seat on the train. That doesn't mean I'm going to stop all this hard work though! I'm very proud of myself for my accomplishments with my fitness, and now I'm going to realign my focus away from just trying to be able to do stairs efficiently. I want to run a 5k, and by golly, if I can climb 235 stairs without stopping, I can work up to a 5k too!