Friday, October 21, 2011

On Top of Big Baldy


Last Monday, I did something spontaneous.  I mean, super spontaneous.  I haven't done anything that spontaneous in around... uh... a long time.

A group of gals that I run with had arranged a hike to the top of Big Baldy.  One sent a text on Saturday with the specifics: meet at Dry Canyon, 8:15.  The Yahoos don't have school until 9:15 so I immediately tossed the idea aside.  There's no way I'd make it there at 8:15.

No Big Baldy Mounting for me.  Frownie face.

If you're a mom, then you know how ridiculous the morning throw-off situation is.  Or maybe I'm the only mom with a ridiculous throw-off situation.  Morning-time before school-time is hectic.  I also have this thing with walking the Yahoos to school.  I do it as much as possible because it's currently my favorite part of being a parent.  We walk for a little under a mile, and I just watch 'em.  I watch them run and walk, and wander, and giggle, and play-fight, and talk.  It's terrific.  Before I know it, they'll be all grown-up and won't let me walk with them any more.  I'm in no hurry for that to happen.

Anyway, on Monday morning, my little Fastinista Friend and I were running (she does that... slows down to run with me and I thank her kindly for it.)  She wanted to Mount Big Baldy too, but had a similar morning situation with her kids.  She said, "Let's just go later, after you get your kids off to school."  And I said, "Nah... it's too much work to rearrange everything."  Which is what I say a lot of these days.

As we finished our run on Monday, she was still trying to talk me into it, and I was still poo-pooing it with a blubbery "Too much work!"  Then a couple hours later, at about 8:30ish, I decided to blow off my responsibilities – which included helping Yahoo #1's teacher; don't know one turn me in 'cause I'll be there next week – and we did it!

We Mounted Big Baldy.  Smilie face.

For the record and for my posterity and whatnot, it's important that I mention this: Big Baldy is not a hike.  It's a scramble.  Like a grab-on-to-trees-and-branches-to-keep-from-falling-and-maybe-you-slip-and-fall-and-draw-blood scramble.  And if you decide to take the Bossette Camera and all her lenses, then you'll do the scramble with a bunch of extra weight, and then you'll be sore the next day.  Which is okay.  The pictures were worth it.

First, here's the Garmin (for Jessica, cause she likes my Garmins, and notice the 3500ish vertical in a little over 2 miles):

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This is my Fastinista Friend.  She Fast.  And she's Inista.

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Ran into one of the gals from the other group as she made her way down.  
She and I sat next to each other in first grade.  We figured this out a few months ago.
Cue "It's a Small World After All."

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On Top of Big Baldy!
All Covered with Sweat!
The Trek Back Down,
Will be the Hardest Yet!

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Going down.  Big back-pack 'n all.  
I don't recall if this was before or after I fell on my keaster and tore open my finger.


5 comments:

Jessica said...

1. Thanks for the Garmin. It always solidifies your awesomeness.
2. In all my years of living in the shadow of Big Baldy, I've never once hiked it.
3. Mounted Big Baldy. Ha.
4. Hauling the camera up the mountain was totally worth it. These pictures are just beautiful and they make me miss the Utah fall.

rabidrunner said...

Jessica, I've lived in the shadow of Big Baldy for 39 years and didn't mount him 'til now. You still have time. Next time you visit, perhaps?

megan said...

wowza. beautiful images. beautiful display of athleticism. Can you prepare your two favorites for me in June please? AND is the Garmin attached to your wrist? How does it work? Do I need this? Does Matt need this? Can you just prepare a Christmas shopping list of things needed (mountain bike/hike specific) for my techie husband?

Makell said...

Those are incredible pictures! Good for you - it's important to blow everything off once in a while. It drives me crazy that some days I prefer laundry and cleaning up to getting out and doing something AWESOME like this!! Thanks for the inspiration-good on ya:)

Jessica said...

Maybe the next next time I visit. Next time will be turkey day and I ain't hikin' that Baldy dude with snow and cold all over the place.