I had a rough morning at work (I work early in the mornings anyway which is rough in and of itself). It wasn’t just the typical early morning stock crew kind of rough, it was the end of the season is near, nothing wants to go right, one of the seasonal hires was a no call no show on truck day, no amount of coffee or tea in the world could fix it kind of morning.
I have also been wanting to go for a hike for several months, despite this past summer being hot, then working like crazy, sharing a car (so I can’t just go where I want when I want kind of thing), I haven’t been hiking for a while.
After having one of those days, and checking with the person I share a car with, to see when they needed to leave for work, I went for a short, but much needed hike.
I already had on the right kind of shoes to go hiking since I wear a pair of Danner low jag shoes for work. I was already dirty and sweaty from work, and had on work clothes, so it’s not like a bit of mud would hurt either.
I went to Mt. Talbert, since in was closer (than Cooper Mountain), and a tad bit shorter (since I had to be home by a certain time). Mt Talbert is not the same as Mt Tabor. Mt Tabor is over off of SE 60th Ave and SE Division St in Portland, where as Mt Talbert is over off of Sunnybrook Rd and 97th Ave, which is off of Sunnyside Rd, somewhere (I don’t know what “town” jurisdiction it’s technically in) in Clackamas County, not far from the Mall.
It was raining a bit on my way up the trail, but it wasn’t that bad, at least not for someone like me who likes the rain. The heavier rain didn’t start setting in until after I got home. Beings that it was early in the day on a week day, this time of year, and it was raining I knew it wouldn’t be super crowded, and I don’t like to hike at super crowded places, especially when I just need to be left to my own thoughts.
I have hiked Mt Talbert a few times in the past, all of when I wasn’t working, or during the retail off season, so the hike has seemed more challenging. Today, I did have to stop a few times, but it seemed way easier than I had remembered it being. I attributed it to being a little more in shape from having worked this season.
I have definitely missed hiking so much, and I was definitely worried today, since I have been having issues with my knees. I was worried how they would handle an actual hike after what I have been putting them through the last couple of months. I have missed being in the woods, and on a “mountain”, whether it is an actual mountain, or an overstated hill. Today’s elevation changes were well under 500 feet.
I definitely want to get a pair of regular Danner Jag boots (rather than just the low shoes that I wear for work). I love the shoes, but could use a little more ankle support for hiking. They are also not waterproof, as my feet did get wet today.
I am definitely wanting to go out hiking more. I am definitely tired of being stuck inside so much, and I want to see more places, and experience more things. My bucket list includes hiking in Alaska, section hiking part of the PCT, particularly the John Muir Trail (while not all of it is part of the PCT, a good chunk of it is), through the High Sierra.
I absolutely love the ocean, but I definitely feel more at home in the mountains.