I am fairly new to the outdoors. I moved from New York to Washington two years ago and was introduced to hiking a few month later. I feel in love after my first trip, which happened to be to Big Four Ice Caves. I was hooked! I needed to get out every weekend after that experience. I quickly started buy essential gear that I would need to do basic hiking, boots, backpack…then when the seasons changed I needed winter gear; coat, gaiters, ice tracks. I did everything I could to get out as much as possible, but it wasn’t always easy being that I have a sports car on aftermarket suspension. This makes it difficult for me to access many trail heads, especially in the winter.
I was determined though, and I would drag my boyfriend out, much to his chagrin, as much as possible. Together, we tackled many challenging hikes. I remember the first time we did Blanca Lake. At the time the road was not washed out, and it was 7.5 mile out and back, very difficult trip. We were very new to hiking, and really didn’t even know what we had gotten ourselves into. There was a lot of complaining on that trip, and I wasn’t sure we would make it to the lake. We pushed through though, and when we finally arrived it was amazing. The lake is a robin’s egg blue color, unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. There was still a lot of snow in the lake basin, and the lake itself was still partly frozen. It was amazing. We were really proud of ourselves for pushing through the pain and getting to the lake.
Since then I have only pushed myself harder, and further. This summer has brought me to some incredible places, and I’ve made knew friends along the way. I hope that anyone who thinks they can’t do will push through and get to that final destination. I always tell people, you can complain all you want, but you will never regret that you did it