I knew the serene Vancouver outdoors would be a perfect place to go hiking and made plans with the Vancouver Native and his bunches of friends to do the deed.
Vancouver Native groaned the first moment he heard I wanted to go hiking. Yet, he suggested the most challenging slope of all-- the Grouse Grind.
Grouse Grind was probably not the best choice for a hike to take when you want to get reconnected with old friends. My conversation with Vancouver Native (aka D), whom I haven't seen in over a year, went something like this:
Janice: huffing and puffing
"Hey (huff) D, so, uh, how ya been?"
D: (silence but not really 'cause he's huffing and puffing)
D: (nods head, huffing and puffing)
Eventually, everyone started trekking at their own pace. Sometimes I was in the front, sometimes, I was trailing behind.
I started thinking about my friend Michelle's post from awhile back where she noted the importance of looking at your feet in your walk in an age of looking up.
I'm a dreamer. I imagine big things for myself and for the people around me. I want to reach for the stars.
But at the same time, I need to focus on my own footsteps, one after another, on the steps of life. I need to take in the moment, knowing that sometimes I'm going to be struggling to climb another step, gasping for air. Other times, I could be on a roll, moving as fast as my legs can take me, pushing through the little boy in front of me (just kidding, I would never do that...)
At different points of my trail, I will be in proximity with different people. There were the group of boys blasting rap music on their iPhones that we took a break with at the 3/4 mark. There were the cute Asian family whose littlest boy could just barely climb over one step but was still shuffling through.
After a little over an hour (nearly two hours for *ahem some people), we made it to the top.
Look at that view.
I think only when you get here will you appreciate the entirety of the journey, the ups and the downs, the slippery rocks and the water breaks.
That was a philosophical hike, huh? Don't worry, food and drinking posts coming soon!