More on Sooke Hills

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So there’s most of the group from yesterday – all except for Ginny who kindly took the pic. Someone mentioned that I look happy – well, yes – after all, it was warm and sunny and I was outdoors hiking – how could I not be happy?

That said, I was not as happy as I normally am on a hike – a rating that goes all the way up to deliriously happy. First, although it’s a good place to hike, my soul flies free when I am hiking in the alpine – and of course, Sooke Hills is not alpine. But that’s okay. What I found perturbing was the pace – more of a march than a hike. And I know some people really like that. Instead of finishing the hike in 7.15 hours, I would have preferred 8 more time to stop and look and take photos. More time to just enjoy.

Everyone has a different style. And, as usual, the unhappiness I caused myself was all about stories I made up in my own mind. I told myself that perhaps I was getting too old and slow and no one really wanted me along in this “power hiking” group etc. etc. I did my best to brush all that aside and present a positive face to the group. And I kept myself positive too – having long and detailed arguments in my head.

It wasn’t until the end of the hike that I discovered I was not the only one feeling like this. My gosh – isn’t it always the way: we isolate ourselves by the stories we tell ourselves, without ever checking to make sure they are true.

I think the most fun Lisa and I had the whole day was the meeting of minds in the car on the way home – and then getting lost because we missed the turnoff. We ended up somewhere in Langley and decided to behave like “real men.” We refused to stop and ask for directions. We just kept zigging and zagging down various streets until we eventually made it to the highway based purely on instinct. Best part of the day! We laughed so hard. Oh my gosh – what fun!

So, today I am ready to go into the sunshine, plant my first lot of seeds and then take a group on a  nice hike on the Harewood Plains.

it’s going to be a very good day.

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