Conquering Cathedral Rock & a Little Bit of Fear

Recently, I put on a brave face and hopped on an airplane to meet my daughter and a couple of her friends for a quick hiking trip. Before 2020 there would be no need to "put on a brave face" before hopping on to an airplane going just about anywhere... because I long for adventure. Yes, I am one of those annoying people who are always planning a trip somewhere. However, 2020 shook my world upside down and left me somewhere deep in the twilight zone; which left me more than a little hesitant to get on that plane. Despite the fact I knew I had antibodies protecting me, the unknowns of covid-19 have left me a little more cautious (and fearful) than I care to admit.

After a short detour (insert snarky tone here), we stopped at Zion National Park to hike the Canyon Overlook Trail. During this pit stop to our real destination, I realized quickly that I might return home in a body bag due to bad footwear. My Nike's were not going to cut it on this trip. Once we made it to Sedona, I found a little hiking shop and paid a premium price for these beauties; yes, they saw me coming. My new Oboz may not have looked too new once we were on the trail, but they did save my life - or at least that's what I am telling myself to justify my purchase. Seriously though, don't try to hike in Nike's. They are slippery. I would have slid right down the side of Cathedral Rock.

When we started the hike, we were unsure how far up we were able to go because from the bottom you couldn't see people at the top- only rock. We celebrated making it to the top at least three times before we realized you could actually go all the way up.

I know everyone says this all the time, but the photo's just do not do this place justice; with the beauty or the distance of this hike.

What can I say, I'm a sucker for all the cheesy things...

stacked rocks, a rock circle, maybe a weird light streak, and I'm satisfied for days.

Finally, we made it to the end of the trail. We know because we searched for any path to take us beyond our current point. Also, there was a sign that clearly marked "the end of the trail" but we took that as a mere suggestion and found a couple more paths to follow. The picture to the right may not look like a big deal, but believe me, it was. I didn't know scaling rocks was part of my talents, but here we are.

This is me... covered in red rock dust and full of bliss sitting in the middle of the two large peeks. I felt exhilarated by the view and my accomplishment. Most days, I feel older than I am. I think my inner child is really an 80-year-old woman. This hike was not easy for me. Here I am, so happy I could cry, cuss, yell, and laugh- all of which I think I might have done. I am grateful for my wonderful daughter and her friends who continually include me and put up with my need to see if we can go just a little bit further. Here's to all the people that need to see what's around the bend... keep going, sometimes you find paradise!


Lessons Learned

Buy good hiking shoes- it's a necessity.

Keep exploring- you never know what is just around the bend.

Travel with people that give you the space and time to experience things the way you need to.

You are more capable than you could ever imagine.

Don't rely on Google's estimated time it takes to hike a specific trail- unless you are a crazy person who never stops for pictures, to take in the view, or to breathe.

Align with love not fear- a lesson I am reminding myself daily.

Always make time to enjoy the view.

Much Love- Stephanie

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