Tuesday, June 18, 2019

I'm not your sage granny

"So what's the secret?" Gables asked as we hiked together toward Trail Pass. "Is it just to keep doing it?"

I could have said a lot of things, most of them being that I wasn't THAT much older than her. In fact, I wasn't even old enough to be her mom, unless I was a very young teen mom.

But it wasn't worth getting offended. I'm sure I looked old on trail. For the past one hundred miles I had slept perhaps 2 to 3 hours a night. I had been afflicted by one of the worst colds in memory (I used to never get sick before this year. When I get home, I need to overhaul my diet) And on this hike,  I left it all out there every day.

So even though I resented being placed in the sage granny role, all I could say was, "just keep doing it. Even if it's hard." Soon she stopped to filter water, I got ahead, and will probably never hear from her again. That's what happens on the trail.

I'm in Mammoth and a few thru hikers are coming into town. They are bringing tales of swimming across swollen creeks and of avalanches. The women look tired but radiant. It does make me miss being young. I was too focused on working, even though I had fun and unusual jobs. I never would have taken five months off to hike. Maybe I should have.




8 comments:

  1. As someone close to your age, you are not old! We just look old to those 20-something whippersnappers.

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    1. I agree, I just found it interesting that a 39 year old thought so.

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  2. But you have so much experience and wisdom, sage granny!!! :-) Methinks the miserable cold(s) this time are not diet-related, but airplane rides, hiker dorms and other people's germs. Way to power through.

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  3. Ha ha, "sage granny." Beat has raced several 200-mile foot races in Europe with a 20-something man (just turned 30, I believe) who actually is young enough to be his son. He loves the role of sage geezer who can dole out wisdom while continuing to kick ass.

    I sympathize with your death cold. Those are the worst. I could barely get out of bed when I had one last December; can't imagine hiking 100 miles with that. Hope you feel better soon.

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  4. Yes but Beat is in another category completely. I feel like sometimes people are amazed I can even stagger along in the mountains. But then I recall when I was a wilderness ranger and a woman joined our crew at the advanced age of..gasp..41. We were all impressed. So we all do it.
    This cold is not getting better...I guess I need to rest.

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  5. Nudging 3 score years and ten, I am amazed,that friends are amazed, that I hike what I hike. So very little in comparison to you, Jill, Linda and other fantastic blog writers. I know there is so much more I can and want to do but time , location and obilgation constraints prevent this. You are only as old as you allow yourslef to be. The body often says otherwise but you have just got to ignore it. I look forward to the recap on this last adventure.

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    1. I'm always surprised when younger people are amazed I can hike the way I do, because I still feel young. You have the right attitude.

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