First adventure of 2018

Well, here it goes… my first EVER blog post! I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I do know that I’m going to enjoy sharing my zany adventures and having a mutual project with my oldest sister, Lani. She’ll be glad she wasn’t on today’s adventure, as it was a bit of a flop.

To give a bit of a back story, it’s New Years Day so naturally my husband and I set some health goals. We’re saying goodbye to preservatives and processed crap. However, one cannot embark on such a journey without a last hurrah of binge eating greasy tortilla chips and ooey gooey cheese dip the night before. 😉 Oh man, was it good, but we had to make a good healthy start to our year. So I spent the first half of the day meal prepping, chopping veggies and making a soup so full of healthiness I think it was negative calories. Ain’t it purdy?

Since I was feeling productive and there were a few more hours of daylight left we decided to head out for a quick hike. It’s the Mine Road Trail right at the base of Whitehorse Mountain in Darrington, Wa. We hit the trail around 3pm and it was such a beautiful start. There were patches of snow along the path and that satisfying sound and feel of frosted leaves crunching beneath our feet. Charlie, my husband, came along for the exercise and to catch some shots for his photo a day photography project.

We had gained some distance and just summited the first significant incline when it hit me. There was a rumble coming from the depths of my gut that triggered a warning in me that resembled an air raid siren. I had to turn around and get to the car ASAP! That delicious cheese dip from the night before felt basically like I had eaten a gang of samurais that were attempting to bust their way out. Sorry if this is TMI, but really? This is how I begin the New Year New Me?!?!

Anyway, I couldn’t make the 15 minute walk back to the car so I had to do what every good PNW girl has had to do a time or two. I sent Charlie ahead on the trail and found a good spot to do my business in private. Just me and nature. Then the idea popped in my head that I should try using snow as tp, since I didn’t bring any. I had seen someone post about it a few weeks prior on a hiking forum, so this was a good time as any to put it to the test. …Um, let’s just say that’s not a very effective method.

Sadly, we had to head home early and the outing was a bit of a flop. 😞 Or was it? If I switch my way of thinking maybe it is the perfect humbling start to the new year. Not all adventures will be grand, full of successes or perfect by any means. However, they will all be funny and include fond memories that become lessons that I will ever grow from. Happy trails and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 🎉

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