I sorta fell out of the habit of hiking with all the rains. It is muddy work. Then there were the cows at Harvey bear, sorta scary. So I decided to skip the cows and go hike Mt. Madonna.
I will step back a moment and say that I live in a valley surrounded by hills and mountains...it's not like the Rockies, but the elevation change can be quite dramatic. I don't like going up hill. It is difficult and at my current fitness level a challenge. However, getting to the top of a 1200 foot elevation change in less than a mile makes me smile.
So my challenge to myself continues this week. Hike this hike and each day go further than the last in the same amount of time.
Monday I hiked up to the tree with the poison oak all over it. I had no idea how close to the top I was, but was dripping wet, it had been 45 minutes of up hill, and I turned around and headed back to the car.
Tues I got to that tree and walked right past it huffing and puffing the whole way. Another 200 feet and we were at the top. Wow. So beautiful. I walked out to vista point then turned around and walked back down.
Tomorrow, I'm doing the entire loop.