It’s against the law in Alaska to take a nap, do chores, catch up on email or be anywhere besides OUTSIDE when the summer sun is shining. True story. So being the law-abiding citizen that I am, when the sun rose high into the sky last Thursday morning, I declared it a hiking day. No matter that it was two days out from the Mayor’s 4 Miler. I mean, it’s not like I was running the marathon or anything! Four miles is a chump change, right? And my friend Sharone who was visiting from California was just doing 4 miles as well, so why not?
So off we went to Rendezvous Peak to attempt what my hiking book described as an “easy” climb. It turns out that “easy” just means there’s an actual trail to navigate. It does not, in fact, mean that a 1500 foot ascent in a little over a mile will feel peachy keen. The climb actually wasn’t that difficult (at least not cardio-wise). And the views at the top–where it promptly started to drizzle on us–were more than worth it. But the descent? Well, if my quads could talk, it would be exclusively in four letter words, the most benign of which would be “stop“.
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