Sixty60 Journey

Hiking Heroes

In 2014 I took a solo road trip to Grand Canyon National Park where I met up with my friend Lisa King and her family. She is one of my hiking heroes.

Grand Canyon 2014

I got up early one morning to witness a sunrise, one of the reasons I was there, having missed that opportunity 20 years ago. Lisa with her friends and family in tow showed up a bit later at the Bright Angel Trail. I had zero desire to rehike that during this visit, hiking was not on my list of things to do. And I could see clearly the patch of green called Indian Gardens below, where I had backpacked to and stayed for two nights. On a whim, Lisa encouraged her husband to walk down there with her. I was thinking to myself, we won’t be seeing them for a long while! Things always look closer on the hiking trail. The bottom line here is that when she came back, she had one of those aha moments and realized that merely blazing a trail, in a place like the Grand Canyon, was not giving full appreciation to the grandeur and magnificence that nature deserves. It was then that she decided to become a hiker, and in that venture, be with nature.

Fast forward…

Lisa is about to hike the John Muir Trail (210.4 official miles) from Yosemite to Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. She will be doing this with another female friend, they have been training together for about a year and a half. I am in awe of their accomplishments and Lisa has become my mentor, coach and cheerleader in my Sixty60Journey. A working mom of two great kids and a wife fully supported and encouraged by her husband, to fully express her desire to hike and commune with nature. And sometimes, work permitting, he joins in…

We did hike no. three together in Whiting Ranch (Orange County) up a trail called Dreaded Hill (oh yes it was!) ending at Red Rock Canyon. I was blown away by the trail’s treasures and continue to be with every hike I have been on thus far. I don’t know that I will ever aspire to hike the JMT, my adventure is very full as it is, and you never know!

I contine to be encouraged in my new journey by great examples of women in my life, like Lisa. Hike on!

Whiting Ranch 2016 Hike #3lori 11_1



2 thoughts on “Hiking Heroes”

  1. loribrookes says:

    Hiking in New Zealand? That might just happen!!! Love you my heart friend.

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