For my inspiration this week I hiked up Mount Taurus in Cold Spring, NY with a friend. The full hike was about a 5 mile loop that passed through a pond with thousands of chirping frogs on the way up, spectacular 360 views of the Hudson River, the mountainous surrounding terrain and the Hudson valley at the top, and an amazing waterfall on the way down.
At the top of the mountain you could see lots of smoke emerging from a point right across the Hudson river. When we were at the bottom of the trail, we noticed lots of police cars driving North with their sirens on and that the road ahead was closed off. It was cool to see the whole fire situation from a birds eye view. Another outcome was muscle soreness and realizing my current state of cardiovascular strength. It made me realize that I’m not in the physical shape I’d like to be and need to workout more.
I did not go into this hike with a certain inspiration in mind. However, as I ascended up the mountain, needing to take a few breaks to catch my breath, I became more and more determined to reach the top. I suppose the aspect of inspiration that I could take from the 3/18 reading is challenge. Climbing mountains is something I have done all my life, but in recent years, I haven’t done any major hikes. This hike refueled my love for reaching the top of mountains and reminded me of how fulfilling it is to overcome muscle soreness and loss of breath when you finally reach the view at the top. I have gone on a run today, which is a direct product of my hike yesterday, and will continue challenging myself physically as long as I can.