El Chalten, Argentina, December 30, 2017
This morning I woke up to sunshine and little wind so decided to do a hike, trek, walk - whatever you want to call it. The Miriam Webster dictionary defines hike as "to travel by any means" and trek as "to make one's way arduously" and walk as " to go on foot for exercise or pleasure". So, with all of that in mind, I went on a walk to see the peaks of Fitz Roy-
The views along the way-
and a tent city 8 km from the gate-
and decided not to cross the bridge. I was pretty tired by this time and I didn't like the idea of walking through these big rocks. I turned around at about 8.5 km-
I was exhausted by the time I got back to the truck: my knees, hips and right ankle were aching but I made it. It was interesting as I walked along. I went by myself because I didn't want to be a slow poke and make people wait. I also enjoy the silence. Any time someone came up behind me talking, I let them pass - the sooner the better. The silence gives me time to commune with nature: feel the wind and the heat of the sun. It's also a good time to think and talk to God and the Angels. I've just finished a book called "You are a Badass" by Jen Sincero and it talks about many things such as we are our thoughts, and our thoughts were put into our heads when we were very little. We can change the way we see the world by changing our thoughts. We can have what we want if we truly go for it. I like my life and there isn't anything I'd change but.....
Anyway, I've always said that I don't like hiking but today was awesome. It was a warm day, I had lots of time to think and I felt really happy. Happy hiking? What is going on? I might just do some more walking this trip!
On to El Calafate tomorrow, in a hostel for 3 nights!