I'm reflecting upon this hike in Lake Tahoe. What I didn't know was that this hike was 5 miles long and reached 3,000 feet above sea level.
Halfway through the trek, I had eaten all my snacks and drank the remaining of my water. By the time we had reached the top of the peak, I was exhausted, while trying to enjoy the stunning moment.
On the way down, all I could think about was the end of the trail. I knew that this was a special place and thought to myself, "This would be a good time to practice my mindfulness."
All I could do was be present with every step instead of thinking, "When will this be over?" I thought to myself, "This is what this rock feels like. This is what it feels like to be exhausted. This is what it feels like to be dehydrated. Oh, there's that irritation. This is what it's like to be impatient."
Now I know that I need to know how long a hike is and whether I'm interested in going on it. I need to time my snacks and water more wisely. Those are things that are in my control.
Now I know that I'm not necessarily a fan of hikes or those that are longer than an hour. I really just want to see the vista.