We're having some unseasonably warm weather this February. Which means hikes, which in turn means a chance to wear my Patagonia fleece and break in my new, rather cute hiking boots. Speaking of shoes, I'm considering a pair of trail running shoes but am not sure if they're worth it or should I just use my normal running pair? Would love some input.
In an attempt to be more interesting, I've been trying to read a book a month, and this month I read Tuesdays With Morrie, something I should have tackled a long time ago. It's beautiful. If anything, it's given me small aphorisms to bury deep into my heart for when the times are a little rough and motivate me to live a little fuller, with less regret and greater awareness. It put into all those wonderings and messy thoughts about life floating around in my head into sweet, poetic words far more eloquent than I could ever make it. So in the end, I'm thankful I read the book and I think it's sparked a little extra spunk in my step for the rest of this school year. Which is only three more months. I ordered my cap and gown last week. Shit, it's happening.
After Denver Andrew mentioned that we haven't explored nearly enough of the nearby trails in our own city, and he's right. We are lucky to be in a city only 20-30 minutes away from some great trails, and just about an hour away from some quality state parks. And to think, we've only really explored Eagle Creek during our time here - my brain initially jumps to blaming medical school on this one. But in all reality I'm at fault, there were many missed opportunities simply because of laziness and habit. But... better late than never! So last week I laced up my boots and went to Morgan-Monroe State Forest with one of my best college pals, and the next day I did it again with Andrew at Fort Harrison State Park. Even in the winter, hiking is totally worth it for the fresh air and exercise and views. I quite liked the spooky, barren trees, it felt like a scene from Stranger Things and I felt like Eleven minus the waffles and nosebleeds. We made goofy poses just because, and imagined if we all had tiny Andrew's in our stomachs eating all the extra food and keeping us hungry all the time. We are kind of weird like that.
I'm grateful for the slow days fourth year has brought back, for reclaiming missed adventures so near to home.
Photos from our Fort Harrison hike below! And before you ask, no, we did not mean to match.
P.S. Dear Andrew, happy three year of making memories together. Medical school has given me many things but I think the most important thing it's brought is you. I love you very much.