Here’s a fun fact about me: I’ve never gone hiking before.
When Michael told his mom we were going on a hike, she asked where. He answered with “Heart Lake,” to which she said, “Isn’t that a walk?”
Here’s a bit of a backstory: as much as I hate to admit it, I’m a city girl. I love plants – but only when they’re contained in pots and gardens. Sitting on grass makes me feel skittish, because who knows what kinds of bugs could be crawling around? Walking through anything that can brush my leg makes my hair stand on end. But I also really wanted to go hiking. I’ve never gone before, and wanted to take pictures of all the mountains, lakes, and waterfalls. Little did I know, you likely have to go through all of those things I don’t like for that charming photo.
So we went after a lot of persuading and begging on my end. I basically needed my hand held all the way – literally and figuratively. With some gentle coaxing, I stood in a denser part of the vegetation and touched a few trees. No mountains or waterfalls here, but there’s a lake! Michael told me that most hiking trails are substantially smaller than the ones here. It was a gentle walk to him, and a considerable hike for me. I’ve never been surrounded by that much nature. Maybe this time next year, I’ll be hiking and camping at a national park! A girl can dream.