When I compiled my “Dream Team” list, I knew I wanted a variety of blogs I follow to share with my readers. I not only like Ingrid’s posts about her adventures, but her loyal following of other travel bloggers. Here is one of my favorites of her posts:
Several blogs I follow share their adventures of hiking. I’ve been inspired by their stories. Inspired by the photography. I can’t wait to explore some of these trails myself. I throughly enjoy hiking, but in the past I haven’t had time to hike more than an hour or so. Therefore, I have never built up the endurance for much past a four to five mile hike, nor did I have the desire.
After reading the accomplishments of fellow bloggers, I am motivated to hike longer and further….motivated to increase my endurance…..motivated to push myself….motivated to explore beyond my dreams. I actually have an interest in one day hiking a “Fourteener” and it is now on the “bucket list”. As I contemplate this goal, I am reminded of a post I did last spring. A post about “Fourteeners”.
If you live in Colorado, you obviously know what a Fourteener is. For those of you unfamiliar, it’s a mountaineering term used to describe a mountain that exceeds fourteen thousand feet above sea level. Climbing all of Colorado’s Fourteeners is a popular pastime among hikers, especially here in Colorado.
Alaska has the tallest Fourteener; Mount McKinley in Denali comes it at 20,320 feet in elevation. Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado, places 57th on the Fourteener list in the United States coming in at 14,110 feet above sea level.
Although I love to hike, I know my limitations. Thus, hiking a Fourteener has eluded my repertoire of activities, as well as the bucket list. I have the utmost respect and admiration for those whom have accomplished hiking all of Colorado’s Fourteeners. I just won’t be one of them.
I do enjoy a good hike. Whenever we visit my brother and sister-in-law in Grand Junction, Colorado, we always manage to squeeze in a visit to The Monument, even if it’s only an easy one hour hike. That being said, last year daughter and I were on such a hike with my brother and his wife. The Monument is so beautiful, any hike is better than no hike and a trip to Grand Junction just would not be complete without this activity.
We hiked, we explored, we climbed rocks for photo-ops and that’s when it happened. A sound escaped my brother…..”Hum, excuse me”. he says slightly embarrassed. I comment, “No problem. Consider yourself healthy and normal”. I proceed to brief him on a recent Dr. Oz show….a show on flatulence, a show about passing gas. Dr. Oz…. gotta love him. According to Dr. Oz, the average, healthy person passes gas fourteen times per day.
AND THUS…..the new meaning of a FOURTEENER was born ! Have you accomplished a Fourteener?
Two kids with college degrees, a defunct housing industry, and plenty of time on hand sounds like the perfect opportunity to hit the road in the 5th wheel. They look forward to utilizing the Rig and Ingrid will start to focus on improving her photography skills. She has always managed to maintain photo albums and scrapbooking long before “scrapping” became popular. Although giving up Ingrid’s love of Housing was initially a challenge, as was Al’s decision to leave Aviation, they both embrace this new adventure of RVing and can’t wait to see what awaits around the next bend in this new chapter in life!
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Traveling Marla is unplugged for three weeks while she prepares for her move to South Africa. She put out a call for guest posts (see original request here), and is grateful to receive so much support! Please see the full list below.
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