It started the way a lot of things do with me. With a sense of panic and regret about procrastinating for so long. How come we've never hiked Pike's Peak before? We've talked about it a million times, but shelved it for more exotic travels. You'd think seeing it every day would be a reminder to put it on the agenda. It wasn't. Because when you see things every day a lot of times you take them for granted. It was the fact that it's my oldest's senior year of high school, and maybe the last time we can do this as a family, that finally pushed me to prioritize hiking to the summit. And once I've prioritized something, (as I'm kinda the idea person, my family doesn't even really have a choice) then it's time to perform.
To perform at this level, I might finally need to upgrade my nearly treadless Adidas I always hike in for some hiking boots for our first fourteener. 14,115 ft to be exact and the largest elevation gain (7,900 vertical feet) of all the 58 of the peaks over 14,000 ft in Colorado. But, I wasn't about to buy new hiking boots right before a big climb. So, I got an idea. I'd go to a thrift store and get pre-broken-in hiking boots. Except they didn't have any hiking boots, but they did have combat boots which fit me perfectly and were super comfy when I wore them around the house for the rest of the day. I'm a freakin' genius!
|Your mama wears combat boots!|
|My husband at the 4 mile marker.|
|Me near mile marker 2.|
|I did the math.|
$500 x 6= $3,000
|Ready to start our trek.|
|I'm married to MacGyver.|
|Blister relief and air conditioning all in one.|
|The girls somewhere around mile 9.|
|The views were spectacular.|
I wear the combat boots around here, mister!