While I run into women sometimes who are afraid to hike alone, I have to say the idea that the outdoors isn't for women isn't in my universe. Who decided this? It's true that more kids should be outdoors, but I must live in a parallel world from the people who decided this was a good campaign. I see plenty of women outdoors. And, this sort of bugs me. It's similar to the articles that keep cropping up titled earnestly something like this: "Why hiking solo is something women should do. Here's some tips." I feel as though singling women out as if they were some special case is not helping. This should be "just get out and hike weekend." (Also? I STILL get the same questions when I hike alone as I did twenty years ago. "Aren't you afraid? Where's your gun? Are you really by YOURSELF?" From strangers! We don't do this to men. Let's stop this.)
Anyway, in the spirit of Just Hike, I decided to get outside, even though the forecast was truly horrible. Thunderstorms? Hail? Three inches of rain? Flooding! But, sitting at home didn't sound very appealing. So I gathered rain gear and took off. At first, I just wanted to hike a couple of hours. But....
I just wanted to see how far I could get, a common malady of mine. I crossed a scary bridge and headed up to Ice Lake.
|I'm pretty happy to have made it across this bridge. But I have to cross it again on the way back!|
I made it to the basin about two miles from the lake. That was as far as I was going to get. Happily enough, I turned around, watching some dramatic clouds. There was only a slight sprinkle, the ominous forecast never appearing.
It was a perfect day to hike. Not hike like a girl. Not separate myself out from the population as someone who needs encouragement to get out there. Just a hiker.