This past weekend my husband and I had a rare morning solo. We decided to use our time to do something we aren’t otherwise able to do with 3 kids in tow. And a 10 mile round trip hike up to the peak of Mt Rose sounded like a great idea.
We headed out early….5:45AM….no sleeping in. In part it was because we did have to pick the kids up by noon, the other part was to try and get it done before the crowds.
It was a cool and brisk morning and perfect for exploring our local natural beauty; Mt Rose. We made it to the waterfalls at 2.5 miles and planned on a family hike later this summer with the kids and dogs. We were only 2.5 miles from the summit from what we had read. Right on time.
We continued thru the meadow and enjoyed the wild flowers. Then we started climbing a rocky mountain. We stopped and asked, “Is this the right way?” But we didn’t see any other way to go and felt like “going up” seemed like the correct direction.
Well, apparently after another 3-4 miles of hiking “up” we ran into another interchange that didn’t seem quite right. We learned from a few other hikers who were willing to help, that we missed the turn back at the waterfall to the Mt Rose Summit. We could have summited to Mt Rose still from where we were, but at this point, we simply didn’t have time AND ominous clouds were blowing in as it does in the Sierras.
Disappointed and a bit defeated, we began our descent back to the falls and then our car. We were determined to find our missed interchange for our next trip. We neared the same location where we had initially asked, “Is this the right way?” when we saw five young women bounding up towards us, ready to tackle Mt Rose summit.
We still hadn’t figured out where we made the wrong turn, but we asked the group, “Are you trying to summit Mt Rose? If you are, this isn’t the correct way.” They thanked us profusely because in fact they were trying to do the same hike we wanted to do. We shared our experience with them and began exploring to find the correct path for them, and for us on our next trip.
Our sharing saved the group from making the same mistake and we learned more for planning our next trip. The interaction saved our trip, because we had felt like we had wasted this precious time by not completing what we had hoped. Next time we will summit Mt Rose, no doubt.
In life, sometimes you have to explore something new and pick a direction to go. It may not be the right direction for you, but you can always circle back the way you came and start again. Choose a new path. Sharing your learning experience with others helps prevent others from making the same mistake.
Explore. Learn. Share.
I suppose this is why I continue writing, sharing, reading, learning and caring. I certainly don’t know much, but I do know that I have learned from many who were brave enough to share their story with me. I will continue to do the same in hopes that it may benefit others. Your story is important too, so share your lessons learned. I would love to learn from them.
Remove. Replace. Restore.
Remove fear of failure.
Replace with willingness to try something new and explore things you don’t know much about. Share your experiences with others; because it may end up helping more than you think.
Restore learning, adventure, and community.
Eat well. Move well. Sleep well. Thrive on.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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