Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Along the track
We arrived back yesterday from the hike. It certainly was way more challenging than any of us had anticipated and at times we wondered why on earth we'd decided to put ourselves through this..... were we really having fun?
The hills were relentless. There were tiger snakes and scorpions, not to mention the countless other bugs and scratchy animals outside our tents at night.
Sleeping conditions were tight and self inflating mattresses.... well after a day of hiking, they offer very little relief to aching joints.
If you've even had the pleasure of dehydrated meals cooked on the trangia you'll know cuisine wasn't a draw card either.
Despite all of this we had an incredible time. We conquered our minds to triumph over some of the most challenging hills and tested our steely resolve when we came face to face with a couple of tiger snakes along the track. We forged greater bonds through our experiences and appreciated the completely unique qualities everyone bought to the group.
We all had our roles to play in getting us through and looking for the humor to make it a truly memorable and exhilarating experience.
We did it!
I came across a quote today which really seemed to capture it (thanks Tracey!):
'An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards, so when life (or your pack!) is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it is going to launch you into something great, so just focus and keep aiming.'