Last weekend, Joey and I took a trip to Waynesville, NC, to stay in a cabin in the woods and hike all the miles. Although the accommodations left a bit to be desired, I think this was probably the best camping trip we’ve ever had.
On Friday, we hiked the Pink Beds Loop again, but this time, we made it all the way to the waterfall off the Barnett Branch Trail. It was WELL worth the mile of straight uphill. The waterfall was about 25 feet high, and the water was ice cold. Indy was thrilled to get a drink.
Here’s a shot of Indy at our campsite. She looks so regal. I think I overestimated her ability to adapt to a strange situation, though. She didn’t enjoy being trussed up on a lead, and she was afraid of the campfire. She’ll learn, though.
On Saturday, we went to the North Carolina Arboretum. I’ll have to do a separate post dedicated to that, because I took a TON of pictures. The below is part of their quilt garden; every year, they create a different pattern on individual squares. This year was a butterfly; can you see it?
They also had a fantastic bonsai exhibit. Joey has dabbled with bonsai here and there, so he was beyond thrilled to see all of the trees. I took pictures of each one, and it’s definitely renewed his interest in picking it back up again.
We ended up leaving on Sunday so we’d have a day to recuperate at home, but not before hiking Pinnacle Park in Sylva, NC. While we didn’t make it all the way up to the pinnacle, we did get plenty of beautiful pictures along the way. The below is at Split Rock, about a half mile up the trail.
The first mile of the hike was along this creek; it was full of cascades and rapids, and Indy wanted to check out each one.
We hiked a total of 11.5 miles over the course of three days. It was exhilarating, but also an eye-opener. We’ve got a lot of work left to do before Mount Mitchell at the end of July.
I’m still counting it as a victory over Lupron, though. On previous camping trips, we would’ve spent the bulk of our time hanging around the campsite and snacking. This time, we spent it out in nature, working out and getting excellent views along the way. I did have a few clumsy moments, but Joey was there to grab me before I stumbled. I had a few “Lupron sadness” moments as well, but he talked me out of those. He’s pretty great that way:).
Hiking has been such an effective means of dealing with this journey through endometriosis and its treatment. I’m forced to unplug while we’re out on a trail…there’s no phone reception, no chance to fiddle around on Facebook or check my Instagram feed. I’m forced to be observant of the present moment and little else; I have to watch the ground diligently for roots and rocks. I have to pay attention to my surroundings lest I miss a beautiful waterfall (or a bear…it goes both ways). There’s no time to think about my dysfunctional body or whether or not we’ll ever get to have a biological child.
There’s just miles of trail. And not dying…there’s that too.