Last week Wade and I started the month of October off the grid in Big Sur, CA… one of the most magical places on earth. We usually do an annual “glamping” trip there but this year we decided to take 24 hrs, leave the comforts of the car camping area and go on a backpacking excursion through the Ventana Wilderness to the Sykes hot springs. We had just got our iPhone 5′s and decided to use them for photos on our hike since they are super lightweight. We also thought it would be a good test of the the new iphones camera capabilities.
Normally, when I plan a vacation it involves relaxing activities and food or wine. Wade must of caught me at just the right moment when he asked me if it was something I would be interested in. I think I was at work, up to my elbows in hair color, when the text came through. I remember thinking about how far 10 miles was on flat land, then thinking about walking it with 15lbs strapped to my back and thinking it would be challenging but hey, I’m always up for an adventure!
I never in my wildest dreams, imagined it would be the most physically and mentally challenging thing I have ever done in my life. The trail was super intense. It took us 6 hours to do 10 miles each day and they were 2 of the hottest days of the year. We were alone out in the middle of the wilderness. It was a great, life changing experience but I’m not in any hurry to do it again anytime soon!
As intense as it was, our butts look amazing, so it was all worth it in the end, and I feel like a stronger person for having had the experience. What life changing adventures have you had?