Dreams come and go. I’ve cleaved to a dream of hiking the Mount St. Helen’s rim for a few years. I’d also like to hikeMt.Fuji and Diamond Head, but the travel logistics are a little more complicated with the latter two. But Mt.St. Helens seems do-able.
On Saturday night I chatted with two women who hike MSH every August. They gave me some great tips, and dispelled any notions that I wasn’t fit enough to handle the rigors of the mountain. They also gave me some great advice on obtaining a permit and finding a hiking group.
Yeah, I’ve had a brand new pair of hiking boots sitting in my closet for a couple years now. I bought them at a garage sale from a woman who wanted to hike the Gorge, but never quite got around to lacing up her dream.
I was absolutely positive I would… lace up those boots.
So yesterday I did. And I walked my dog in those boots. And I did the same thing today. While the boots are a great fit, they still feel brand new. Stiff, with crispy laces. I’m nowhere near ready to give up on this dream of hiking MSH, but before I go on any serious hikes those hard soles and suede uppers will need some serious workouts of their own. Because my dream means I’ll be spending 12 hours in those boots!
So how about you? Do you have a dream you’ve been holding off on? If you do, are you ready to be done with it, or take the next step?