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On Top of the World! (pictures!)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

So, as many of you know, who have been reading my blogs lately, going on one of the major hikes at our favorite vacation spot, has been a goal of mine for quite a while. It is one, however, that I never would have even thought possible before SparkPeople.

This past Saturday, I embarked on one of the greatest adventures of my life! I attempted the hike to Middle Fork Lake! I had always enjoyed looking at others' beautiful pictures, but knew that it had to be so much better in person. I made the decision last year that next time we went, I would see that lake!

As I began that trail at the bottom of the mountain, I had no idea just how difficult it would be. The hike was 4 miles roundtrip of steep switchbacks. The hike itself took me nearly 4 hours to complete with a 1 hour break at the top. My legs were throbbing. My lungs were fighting for oxygen. But, with encouragement from DS, I kept pushing through! I found out what I was capable of. Gone was the old Dachelle who struggled just to get out of her chair. In her place, I found this strong adventurous woman, who was not afraid to try anything! What a shocker! I am still trying to discover who exactly this new Dachelle is. All the way up, I kept thinking, "I can't believe I am actually doing this!" Now, I can't wait for next year to try even more challenging hikes with even more breathtaking views!

Are you ready? Let's go on a mountain hike!

This was the beginning of the trailhead.

Off we go!

We found lots of little waterfalls along the way...

...and lots of interesting places to take breaks too - lol!

This was one of the final switchbacks. DS kept saying, "I think this is the last one. It's just over that hill." This was after about the 4th time of him saying this, and I was beginning to believe this lake was some kind of mythical mountain tale!

Here is what met my eyes over that last hill! Do you think it was worth it?

Oh, yeah!!!

Taking it all in...

Resting my feet by the water, while the kids were out exploring!

This one is not the most beautiful one of me, but I think my smile says it all!!!

Ok, had to include this one because it cracks me up! DS photobombing me! He was probably thinking, "Really, Mom??? Another picture???" LOL!!!!!

Well, y'all, thanks for sharing this amazing journey with me! I still have far to go, but I have now seen a glimpse of where all this will lead me, so I am ready and excited to keep going with this journey! I'll leave you with 2 contrasting images that I think reflect how far I have really come.

This girl is ready to conquer those mountains!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BARBIE176 7/25/2013 12:10AM

    Great picture and emoticon accomplishment. You're amazing!

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ANGELCOWBOY1 7/21/2013 8:43AM

    Amazing journey! Thanks for sharing the photos - I could almost smell the trees and feel the breeze! emoticon emoticon

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SCOTTYDOG76 7/19/2013 10:15AM

    Yeah! It was definitely worth it! You are an amazing woman, beautiful too, and I love all the photo's you took!

Thank you for sharing. You're lucky to live in such a beautiful state!

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BBONET 7/19/2013 8:07AM

    Thanks for sharing your adventure and congratulations on accomplishing your goal!! Beautiful pictures and looking at the lake it was really worth it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4EVERNESS 7/18/2013 10:14PM

    Gift of life-learning through adventure and exploration, the constant challenge of who we really are...

Fantastic work!

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TAMWIL2 7/17/2013 8:23PM

    emoticon I had no doubt that you would make it to that lake and it looks just beautiful. In fact, all of the pictures are great, even the photo bombing. emoticon on your achievement and I can't wait to hear what you will take on next.

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    You look like you could conquer the world! Go you! Love the photos. What a beautiful place.

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NEWCHINELO 7/17/2013 2:35PM

    emoticon you are simply amazing!

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TAARON69 7/17/2013 10:44AM

    Oh my gosh, this adventure was amazing!!! I am so proud OF you and FOR you. You are so inspirational! I love all of the pictures and the beautiful scenes. Your family is so great. You have come so far and the transformation is GORGEOUS!!!! Your positive attitude and beautiful spirit truly are infectious. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for being so inspiring and motivating. Just Thank You!!! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROCKLAND2010 7/17/2013 8:32AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your adventure and inspiring all of us!
What an AWESOME achievement!

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AGAPEJOY 7/17/2013 12:14AM

    Very Nice! emoticon pictures. emoticon on your achievement!

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DESERTJULZ 7/16/2013 10:47PM

    Awesome! Love the beautiful photos.

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KML410 7/16/2013 9:22PM

    Congratulations! What beautiful pictures! emoticon

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4RASCALS 7/16/2013 6:31PM

    That smile on your face says it all. The picture are awesome. You have conquered the mountain. That must be the greatest feeling ever. Thanks for the motivation.

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RUTHXG 7/16/2013 5:48PM

    Oh, I love the mountains! I have done just a little mountain hiking in the past, & I totally identify with your struggle to make it up all the way. But YOU DID IT! emoticon And what a beautiful reward you received up there!

So proud of you!

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DLDMIL 7/16/2013 4:45PM

    WOW!!! Great pictures and hope you had a great time.

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ANYVAR54 7/16/2013 4:18PM

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing, you have accomplished a great thing.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/16/2013 4:05PM

    aaaaaaaaaaaaah! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!

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JEN3582 7/16/2013 3:30PM

    Beautiful pictures!!!

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STAY39 7/16/2013 3:15PM

    This is so great!! I am so proud of you!! What an awesome experience for you to have and to share with your kids. Love all the pictures! Beautiful- the mountains, the lake and you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/16/2013 2:33PM

    Thanks for sharing your adventure!

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NHES220 7/16/2013 2:30PM

    You go girl! Keep climbing those mountains!

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SJKENT1 7/16/2013 2:16PM

    Facing those mountains of things we don't think we can conquer and then doing it

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SPARKLINGHOPE 7/16/2013 2:15PM


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ROCKPORT9 7/16/2013 2:01PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Dachelle- you have been pkaced as the first motivational blog for the summer challenge! Yippee! Hugs, Laurel

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FREES1 7/16/2013 1:56PM

    wow!! it looks as though you've "come a long way, baby!!" and congratulations for getting yourself to the lake. some of these challenges can require a lot of will power and self talk and I am glad for you that you pulled it off!
enjoy your new found joy!

and thanks for the reminder and kick in the you-know-what!

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MICKEYH 7/16/2013 1:52PM

    You looks emoticon emoticon thanks for sharing.

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KALISWALKER 7/16/2013 1:47PM

    You have motivated me to walk up a mountain too!

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BLESSED2BEME 7/16/2013 1:09PM

    Absolutely amazing! I got to do something very similar last year. I didn't think I'd ever get to the top of the mountain I climbed on a hike to a mountain lake that I'd been wanting to do but it was a major accomplishment. I know just how you felt when you made it to the top. So proud of you!

You are enjoying your life and living it to the fullest. Good for you!

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MRSP90X 7/16/2013 11:34AM

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That is quite an achievement!! What is even better is the carry over into all other aspects in your life this will bring! Whatever life brings your way with challenges you will reflect back on this day and believe in yourself that you will overcome and be victorious with those "mountains"!! Your first goal like this will always be one of those "best moments" of your life! And with Christ in your life, no challenge will be undefeated!! You CAN do all things through Christ which strengtheneth you!

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MSHEL7 7/16/2013 11:06AM

    Wow, that is a really beautiful place. Did you notice the mountain right behind you in your last picture-maybe next year eh? LOL. You look great, you did great, I am so happy for you. You have come a really long way, what an amazing transformation. I can almost see your restricted breathing in the before picture and now, you're on top of the world. Great!! emoticon emoticon

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KIWIANN 7/16/2013 10:17AM

    Beautiful!!! Congrats on your accomplishment!!! Thanks for sharing your journey!! emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 7/16/2013 9:26AM

    Dachelle----You did it! What a great achievement! Your DS has been such a cheerleader. Bless him. Itty bitty must be enjoying the fun, with mom included this year. Your DH and oldest daughter must be enjoying the photos. It is time to just feel the joy! Look at those pictures...the magic of having a waist is back! Hugs and love, Laurel emoticon emoticon

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ARRREAGLES 7/16/2013 8:57AM

    amazing photos, and a massive congrats for achieving a dream you had. Hiking is such a joy, because there are all those places along the way. Although the destination is sweet, the journey itself is really the thing that makes a difference.

Keep it up!!!

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SPOONGIRLDEB 7/16/2013 8:55AM

    What an awesome job! You look amazing and you've come so far. That hike looked a bit step for me but seems like the end view was worth it!

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TMRGRANNY 7/16/2013 8:38AM

    I am so proud of you! What a beautiful sight to see as a reward for all of your hard work. Thanks for posting the pictures. This was great motivation this morning!

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STRONGDJ 7/16/2013 8:31AM

    I'm so happy for you! You have come so far and learned so much about yourself.

LOVE the photos--thanks for sharing.
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KAMINEKO 7/16/2013 8:23AM

    EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT!!! So proud of you and elated for you!

The pics are gorgeous and I'd totally say it was worth it! Love the pic of your feet in the grass. I can almost feel it myself :)

Itty bitty looks like a little wood elf sitting on the stump!

Congratulations, D! Definitely a momentous achievement.

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AUTUMNHOPE 7/16/2013 7:54AM

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Okay, now that the blatting has lessened, this should be a featured blog !!!!!!! emoticon

I am BURSTING with emotions for you emoticon emoticon

I can't tell you how very much I enjoy these blogs of yours with pictures of your BEAUTIFUL family & breathtaking scenery. Some of those pictures looked SO steep. You must've had to dig deep, but the end result...priceless!

You ARE a winner. You deserved to view that lake & many more. I am SO proud of your accomplishments & proud to call you friend.

To end on a vain note...
in the last picture there is space between your thighs ! emoticon

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KANOE10 7/16/2013 7:52AM

    I loved your pictures. It looked like a beautiful hike. You have conquered the mountains of staying healthy!


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GAILANN48 7/16/2013 7:51AM

    What a contrast, dear friend. What a contrast. Thank you for sharing your journey, both the one up the trail (the pictures are stunning), and the one here on SP. You're a daily inspiration, you know. Thank you, thank you.
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NANNABLACK 7/16/2013 7:40AM

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YOYOGRAN 7/16/2013 7:34AM

    This gives a new meaning to the lady of the lake. Wonderful photos and you are transformed. Wonderful inspiration. What have you got planned next?

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HIKING-4-ME 7/16/2013 7:17AM

Great pictures, thanks for sharing them.

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PICKIE98 7/16/2013 7:11AM

    We are surrounded by lakes like this, but mountains only in the northern part of our state... they are beautiful! You did a great job!!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/16/2013 6:53AM

    You look "beautimous"!!! emoticon

I am so proud of you!! Look how far you've come!! emoticon emoticon

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SONSHINESUE518 7/16/2013 6:46AM

What a wonderful hike you had, and wow, that scenery!
Nothing more beautiful than your slim physique, though. You worked so hard for each and every pound, and you look GORGEOUS!

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RAPUNZEL53 7/16/2013 6:35AM

  Great Pictures! You must have had lots of fun!

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