The feeling of being on top of the world.
That's what I felt at the top of Camelback Mountain, with only one interview myself to go and a boyfriend who had just finished his hours before the ascent. And the best part is that that feeling - the feeling of excitement, anticipation, relief, and really just overall happiness - is still lingering around my heart. January, usually one of my least favorite months of the year, has been a delight with plenty of free time to catch up with friends and cook with the immersion circulator more and did I mention I actually read a book for the first time in nearly two years? The small joys of life.
I had been to Camelback Mountain before with my family, and I remembered it being so much easier to climb than it was this time around. Those rocks are steeeeeep and I think I'm either much more cautious now or out of shape, I'll let myself believe it's the former and not the latter. We brought along some organic fruit bunny snacks to celebrate at the top, and it was needed because, like I said before, I don't think either of us were quite prepared to climb that beauty. But we did it!
In the cheesiest of metaphors, hiking Camelback Mountain felt extremely significant given that it's the final year and all the work from the first three years are finally starting to feel worth it. Yes, there's always so much to learn and it's not like the work stops here. But it does feel like we've made it to the top, and have a little chance to breathe before starting our next few steps. Andrew and I have finished interviews and even come up with what I think will be our final rank list to submit sometime next month. Just a few months ago this whole interview process felt like a distant dream, and now it's already over. And even though there have been some stressful times scattered throughout these few weeks, I've seen a lot of the country I hadn't before, met inspiring individuals along the way, and made some precious memories with Andrew (again, can't thank him enough).
By the time you read this, I'll be on a plane for the next adventure, and probably the last one for a little while. We are going to Denver for the weekend! More mountains and sunshine and I can't wait to capture all of it. For now, I hope you enjoy these photos from Camelback Mountain. Most of the photos are from the summit but there are a few from along the way sprinkled here and there.
Have a fantastic rest of the week, everyone!