Today was no exception. I knew it was going to be hard. I was warned. I hydrated. Took a vitamin B, avoided coffee and yogurt (proven enemies of hiking), and poached a KIND bar from the guests (thank you). None of it actually helped.
The first twenty minutes were fine. A lazy uphill climb. Sure. Then we came to the steps. When the Swiss put in hillside steps it's because it's very, very steep. I climbed and climbed. No end in sight. I decided it was noble to bring up the rear. I climbed on. No step class on earth could equal this. I stretched my bitty legs to hurdle my body up. Step by miserable step. I get to the top. Where I spend 10 minutes covertly dry heaving wishing for a flash flood of biblical proportions that would justify climbing this hellish set of steps. No flash flood and the group who waited patiently for the last of us, now moves on.
The treat at the top of all those steps-it's always worth it.
I started reading Divergent last night. The book is all about a dystopian society divided in five factions according to your inherent virtues. Lots of hoopla around the book. Initially, I was a bit disappointed in the writing. I don't think it's as well written as the Hunger Games but it's a decent read (however, neither are nearly as good as Life As We Knew It , in my opinion, if you are interested in books about dystopian societies and want to be scared silly with 'what ifs'). And as I was chatting with the women about international moves and what the ramifications were for families, I thought about which factions the Swiss and the US might belong. I think the US would go straight for Dauntless but the Swiss are harder to peg...maybe like Beatrice they are also Divergent (somewhere between the Amity and Candor factions). My end thought is, an one woman put it, once you rip up that tap root and relocate, you may never quite fit anywhere again. You are now Divergent or worse, Factionless.
The hike started it's downward slope. A long winding trail through the woods and adjacent to farmers fields.
I brought a friend so I settled to wait as she finished the proper route. As I sat on a rock sunning myself, I sent her a text telling her where I was and that I would wait. Here is the exchange. I think it made my whole day.
Who said hiking was boring?