Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Why Did the Woman Climb the Mountain?......

..............to see whats on the Other Side...........I know you were expecting to hear about Monterey Bay Aquarium............but this post has been waiting while i ran the Mushroom Giveaway and i don't want to get ahead of myself..........Remember the hill hubby and i couldn't get all the way up a few weeks ago? (Yes hill is probably a more accurate descriptive term than 'mountain' in the title but i thought 'Mountain' would GRAB ya! LOL!) Well if you know me at all you know its been niggling in the back of my mind ever since we stopped halfway up the hill. Last week end Hubby decided to work some overtime and i had him drop me off at the bottom of the hill on his way to work. I don't like to get beat by no stinkin hill. :) Thats the sucker right there in all its glory. I LIKE climbing hills (mountains) always have,even when i was young. Younger and fitter i climbed them alot more easily but i still love the challenge. I still want to see whats on the other side. Like hiking i want to see what's around the next bend in the trail. Hubby insisting we stop only halfway up this hill KILLED me but i think he was afraid the hill WOULD kill me as i was huffing and puffing quite loudly,(hubby does not work out with me and know all this huffing and puffing is normal) it was a warm day and the humidity was high so i let him turn us around and march us down that hill but oh that defeat stuck with me. I knew i could DO THIS. On this day.......by myself......it was a beautiful 65 degrees with a cool breeze blowing.....some hikers, walkers, RUNNERS, bicyclists were about.........its apparently a very popular trail....i wish these pictures could show you an accurate angle of ascent........lol........they don't do it justice... See what a lovely shade of brown the hills of Livermore have turned this summer? The only greenery to be found are some hardy trees and irrigated vineyards..........I'm a little disappointed i haven't completely escaped the harsh , dry , burnt landscape of Texas but with so many places in a drought i wonder where exactly i would have to move to , to achieve that.......I still have the winter rainy season here to look forward to although i hear last year was a little disappointing, without much rain........ AAAaaahhh........you have no IDEA what a lovely sight this bench was............no idea........i sat on my tushkie and waited for my breath and heart rate to calm down while enjoying the lovely views..........I watched the golfers run around like ants and a hawk soar above my head...... Then it was time to get moving again.......I thought this lady in the distance might give you some perspective.........and yes she's running.........she ran up and down twice while i walked up once.......sigh........... This is what greeted me at the top..........another bench and as you can see in the distance more trail........i was so tempted to continue on.........but as you can see it goes down hill and what goes down must come back up and i wasn't sure i was up for that......so instead.........i sat here ...... .............and enjoyed this.........the wind was a whipping up here at the top but it felt good on my over heated face.........the sun sparkled on DeValle Lake like diamonds.......the day was beginning to warm up ..........i didn't linger long before i headed back down........i passed many more people headed up and i let them know there was a bench with a view waiting for them.... :) Hubby says he'll come next time and we'll continue down the path.......i wonder whats around the corner?....

6 comments:

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

What a lovely jaunt! I can't imagine running it or riding a bike. Bet your calves are feeling it too. But it really looks like a great place to get your blood pumping.
XX, Carol

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Gorgeous view from the top, well worth the huffing and puffing. I chuckled at you resting on the bench. I would be right beside you. xox

Lori said...

What a beautiful view! Hills never look as bad in pictures as they are in real life. Why is that?

CraftyViolet said...

Beautiful scenery! I would love to climb that mountain too - but I would walk it, not run it!

Eileen Bergen said...

Good for you, Deb!

I like how you set your own pace and don't try to compete with the other people out there.

That allows you to savor the moments, share them with us, and take gorgeous photos.

That last one about took my breath away as I scrolled down.

Katiejane said...

These are beautiful photos although the scenery is brown. It sure is dry there, isn't it? Good for you for climbing that hill. Don't know if I would be so ambitious.