7 Life Lessons Learned While Hiking the Cascade Mountains by Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE Our family vacationed in Seattle recently. There are 7 of us, including significant others. Planning an entire vacation for a group of this size felt overwhelming. So I messaged everyone and requested that each person text to the group 1-2 activities they wanted to be sure they accomplished while in Seattle. I accumulated their wishes and then assigned each person(s) to organize an activity or event. Mine, of course, was a vineyard and wine tasting tour. My son-in-law, Brandon, planned a hike for us in the Cascade Mountains. Now for my unpopular revelation… I don’t get the appeal of hiking. I love walking and exploring but I don’t understand why one drives to a mountain to make a grueling trek up the side of it. What’s the point? Is it exercise? Is it communing with nature? With self? Is it a race? To get to the top? And then what? What is the objective when hiking? I NEED to know! As you can imagine, I wasn’t my typical adventurous self before the trip up the mountain. Mind you; my brand-spanking-new-whale-watching-souvenir-travel-mug caught on fire in the microwave just as we were leaving the house. At the […]
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