Wednesday, July 25, 2007

July 25, 2007 The Birthday Hike!!

Today was a good day. For the first time in as long as I can remember I took the day off because of this cold that won't seem to leave. My family told me last night that I need to rest and take a day off because I was sounding and looking terrible last night. So being the obedient person that I am (: I called in sick and took it easy today. It was a good day and I am definitely feeling better as a result of much needed rest.

The Birthday Hike"!! My goal for the "day of" my 50th was to accomplish a difficult hike. Originally I had planned to go to Mt. Rainier, but because of flooding the particular hike I wanted to do was not open this year. Thus, we went to Arcadia, my brother-in-law and wife had scoped out the hikes for us before we went (they are our personal travel planners) on the birthday adventure and recommended the West Face of Cadillac for my Birthday event. I was not disappointed. Cadillac Mountain is at a elevation of 1533 feet. It is the highest point on the Eastern side of the U.S. The West face trail is the fastest and steepest way to get to the top and that is the trail we took on July 17, 2007. Again as we began this hike I began see principles I could use in my spiritual walk. This hike was very steep and the trail was not easy to see but just about the time you weren't sure if you were still on the trail there would be a blue mark on the stone or a tree. Sometimes in life I am not sure if I'm still on the path God wants me on - it gets confusing - but then out of nowhere will be an assurance or a sign or a nudge in my heart that I am exactly where i need to be and I am on the right path. At times we where so winded from the upward hiking that we had to stop to catch our breath and take in some nourishment. Many times in my life I need to stop to rest and reflect and eat of the Word - when I don't do that I become extremely weary. The scenic views during the hike were amazing and beautiful and along the trail were splashes of wild Maine blueberries ready to be eaten. When we finally made it to the top we were well rewarded with a beautiful view. We were not done though as we now had to descend. We took a different trail down and the entire hike took about 4 hours. It was a perfect day that would have a wonderful ending at a restaurant called Galyn's. in Bar Harbor overlooking the seaport. We walked around town for a little while before going to eat and the weather was once again amazing, cool and refreshing. We had reservations at Galyn's at 6 and we were seated at a window overlooking the harbor. The dinner was great as was the entire time spent in Maine. It did help make the sting of turning 50 a little less painful. So this ends my birthday adventure for this year but there will definitely be a new one for next year. For now my upcoming writing will involve everyday life and thots and may be a little less exciting but who knows maybe not!
"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live, I will praise my God to my last breath! May He be pleased by all these thoughts about him, for I rejoice in the Lord." Psalm 104:33,34(NLT)

8 comments:

Pat said...

Kathy,
Thank you for the invitation to your BLOG. I love it! Great job and thanks for the deep and inspiational mounatin, hiking and God's path,analogies. Great thoughts for my upcoming assignment!
I am so glad that your 50th was a blessing.
Feel Better,
pat

Pat said...

Do BLOGS have spell checks?

nprfloridagirl said...

I love your "blog" site....who knows it may become contagious and may have to make my own :-) I can see in your "thots" that you enjoyed your day....to took time to "smell those pretty purple flowers"! Kathy you are a beautiful woman....your smile and your joy to others eminates through your spirit and soul. God has blessed you much....don't forget, sometimes, it is "ok" to have a day where you have to look for the blessing...there is still a few there for you! I love you girl...more then you know....

PrincessK said...

Pat: Thanks for visiting, use anything you want for your lecture! No I don't think they have spell checks for the comments.:)

PrincessK said...

nprfloridagirl: You NEED to do a BLOG...how fun would that be. Thank you for your sweet words! Those same genes are in you you know so I could say it all back to you :)

Pocahontas hiker said...

Nature always points to God's greatness!

Meems said...

your trip sounds like a perfect celebration & memory for a birthday you can be proud of.

like i've said before- i hope i look as good as you when i turn 50. :-)

deborahbee said...

What a woman!!! Not many women can say they did a hike on their 50th Birthday. If you keep this up you'll be taking care of me when I'm old. You inspire me.