Thursday, July 18, 2013 • Vancouver, WA 98682
This week I took my son to Cub Scout Camp. It was a Wonderful experience. One of the things I will remember most about this trip is the hike to the neighboring Boy Scout camp. I had hurt my knee last year and my ankle 6 months ago. Since my injuries I had fallen back into my past ways and have been a bit lazy in my work outs. I paid for it this trip. We were at the furthest camping spot from everything and after the first day of pushing myself so hard hiking everywhere, I was really sore. I had tight calves and other sore spots too. The third day of camping was the hardest. We hiked to the neighboring Boy Scout Camp. It started with a steep climb down, a mile hike across the deep sand dunes, then a horrendously long hike up a steep switchback trail up to the camp. It took twenty minutes just to get to the top. Even the boys were worn out from the climb. After that we walked for another three miles around the camp to see everything this place had to offer. My son kept looking to me saying how much his legs hurt. I let him know I was hurting too, but we would do it together. He agreed that we were tough. We kept walking one foot in front of the other and one step at a time. We completed the hike, hand in hand. This hike was REALLY HARD. But we survived. We may have been the last ones of the group, but we did it. Just that he kept going, even though it was hard taught him not to give up, even when it's hard. It also taught him about not giving up by my own example too. I could have sat down and I could have gotten a ride back to the Cub Camp. But I think he got a lot out of this by us doing it together. The next day I got to see him challenge himself in the obstical course. As we came to the fourth day of camping, I found that hiking around the camp from one end to the other became easier and easier. Now I'm home. I've been taking a day of rest to get the soreness out of my muscles, then I plan to keep pushing myself more. I'm not going to stop just because I'm home. By next camping trip, I intend to be at the front in the hikes instead of the end. It's never too late to start changing your future.