Bear Mountain is about an hour away from us. Em, Nattles and I hiked up the “Appalachian trail” to the top where we spotted three state lines and four states in total. We were even able to spot the New York Skyline.
I never went hiking before this, although I always wanted to. My dad was never that into it and my mom is terrified of heights. My sister is just uninterested in anything that doesn’t have to do with a computer screen. Not to mention we don’t really live near mountains back home.
It was so freeing to battle the rocks and trees in order to reach our goal. Three miles up and three miles down, it was worth every second. The most wonderful part, passing by a stream of flowing water clean enough to wash away sins. We let it trickle down our arms and legs, rubbing us like silk. We held out our palms and gulped it down. The purest water I have ever tasted.
I’m extremely happy that we did this. Making it to the top was a great accomplishment, considering how tired we were a quarter of the way through. I wish I could go hiking more often, and maybe I could. I’ll do some more research on other trails near me. looking out over the tops of mountains, I felt like I could conquer the world. Something inside of me felt complete, that nature girl whose always dying to escape real life.