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Feb 11, 2019 18:19:56

Know thyself.

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A friend invited me to a hiking adventure some years back.

Being a fan of walking, I figured this would be GREAT.  So my excited self went off to the location that Sunday.

Mistake #1 - I wore jeans.  It got heavy and uncomfortable quick. 

We were walking for what seemed like hours but I was panting from the first minute.
It was nothing like what I expected. But I told myself...You can't quit.

Mistake # 2 - I didn't know how long it was.  

Just as I was praying that we reached the end, my eyes found a sign that said -Difficult trail ahead. 

That sign broke me.
There is more? And it is difficult?
So it was supposed to be easy until this point? 

Mistake # 3 - I didn't believe the sign.

The trail got ridiculous. There was a point where the trail had a 90 degree vertical climb. How is this trail open to the public without an EMT? 
I managed to finish the trail wiping my tears and yelling at my friend who invited me.

I am still waiting for his apology for that adventure. 

Moral of the story - Know thyself. 

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    When you are doing intense exercise like this hike must you take insulin and also eat regularly in certain amounts?

    Abe avatar Abe | Feb 12, 2019 22:18:29
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      @abrahamKim - Yes sir.... I have to usually know the intensity of the workout I am doing, have emergency glucose/kit on me and ease into anything intense. All of which I grossly miscalculated at this hike. That was part of why I was frustrated both at myself and my friend. Any type of adventure like this for someone like me requires a elaborate planning to reduce risk and be fun. I am sure there are other diabetics who hike regularly. I just have PTSD like symptoms after this encounter.

      Keni avatar Keni | Feb 12, 2019 16:38:57
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    @keni LOOOL... so descriptive. I've found myself in a similar situation before. Oh my, You just feel like unleashing your anger on whoever invited you for such.
    For some, it's just an adventure.

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Feb 12, 2019 06:55:48
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    @keni this is HILARIOUS! You should commiserate with my brother's wife, about their honeymoon. It takes a lot to make me laugh, and if I weren't in a public place, I'd be in stitches. Thanks so much for posting. I assume this is mostly true...it's too funny to be made up? If you did make this up, keep on writing, the world needs more of this! If you didn't make it up, still keep writing, as you're so much fun to listen to.

    Julie Browne avatar Julie Browne | Feb 11, 2019 17:38:45
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      @juliebrowne - Thank you Julie. I wish it was made up. I have zero skills in writing fiction. I haven't been hiking since then. :)

      Thank you for reading.

      Keni avatar Keni | Feb 11, 2019 19:16:22
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      @keni you don't need any fiction skills with these others you have!

      I want to tell you that I hope I didn't hurt your feelings, laughing about your very unpleasant experience. The thing is, I knew exactly what you were talking about, and how many times I've cried and sworn ruthlessly at God, and wondered why I'm putting myself through this kind of torture, AGAIN, and just how very miserable hiking in the wilderness can be. For example, my oldest brother and I took a cross country "shortcut," TWICE, the SAME DAMN ONE, doubling our two worst days of backpacking in our life from one to two...the payoff looked so great...on the map! We still cannot understand why we did it the second time.

      I grew up backing packing, starting just shy of 3 years old, so it was just something we did. It's definitely not for everyone.

      Julie Browne avatar Julie Browne | Feb 11, 2019 20:12:36
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      @juliebrowne - oh my feelings weren't hurt. I was sharing my misery so I am glad that you could relate.
      If the trails aren't difficult, it is a nice experience but I am just not a fan of danger I suppose.
      There are many people addicted to the adventure so I am sure there is some satisfaction in doing it

      Keni avatar Keni | Feb 11, 2019 21:22:00
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