Less than 48 hours after finishing the Joshua Tree 100 miler, I found myself hiking to the top of Mount Whitney with my girlfriend Samantha. I had been looking forward to this trip for awhile. I love going out in nature and just being outside. It's nice to have someone in my life that feels the same way.
So... at 4:15am on October 11th 2016, Samantha and I set forth on our journey to the top of Mount Whitney. Samantha picked this date because her birthday is October 10th, so this was her birthday hike.
I really enjoy going on hikes with Samantha. It's good to get away from all of the modern day technology that we encounter in our everyday lives. I enjoy pushing myself and having a companion with me. It's nice to have someone to enjoy a beautiful sunrise with when you're in the middle of nowhere. ...and sometimes you're out in the middle of nowhere for so long, you get to see a beautiful sunset as well.
I feel like you really get to know someone when you do very physical challenges with them. I love going on adventures like this with Samantha. We have had things not go the way we planned, and we haven't gotten into any fights about it. We have been able to work through any hiccups that come along the way.
We thought that the trip would only take us about 12 hours... but it ended up taking just over 17 hours. We don't know why we took so long, but we were both pretty happy when we made it to the bottom of the mountain. I know that I was moving a lot slower than I had planned, and was holding us back on our way down Mount Whitney.
As much as we wanted to finish a little faster than what we had done, I didn't mind being out there for a few extra hours with Samantha.
I love having Samantha in my life to share these adventures with. She's someone who seems to be able to take me out of my comfort zone, and she always inspires me to give my all.
I can't wait for our nest adventure together.
until next time...
KEEP RUNNING & EXPLORING!!!!