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Going Uphill

Washinton, Tanzania, Japan & Oregon

We all have this “bucket list” of items and goals that we’d like to accomplish before… well you know. I have a few, and this is one of them.  My goal is to hike 3 tall peaks before well you know… that day.  I’ve widdled my list down to Mt. Fuji in Tokyo, Mt. Ranier in Washington, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the 4th peak is up in the air (literally and figuratively). Based on all the information I’ve read over the years, my journey will probably start in Oregon hiking a peak like Mt. Hood. There’s option-B for my fourth peak which would be Pikes Peak in Colorado.  So, as you can see I’ve done my research, and I’m definitely going to leave my footprint on all these mountains.  I’d like to start the process this year getting physically ready, and start my trek in 2020.  Here’s the ironic part… I’m afraid of heights. So, how does that work? Interestingly enough, I’ve done things, adventurous things, like skydiving from a perfectly working airplane.  I love doing things like that. For example, walking across the suspension bridge at Tallulah Gorge in Rayburn County, Georgia.

I remember that day very well. Didn’t know about the bridge as I ignorantly walked the trail towards it.  Looked up, and boom! There it was swaying in the wind like a frail tree branch. When I tell you I abhor heights, I abhor them. However, I’m a man that loves to conquer my fears so I made my move.  Lethargically pacing myself, heartbeat erratic, sweat dripping, nerves going supernova.  It took me 15 minutes to get across that bridge.  A little perspective, It takes the average person 2 minutes or less. That being said, hiking these peaks will be my biggest challenge ever — but I’m ready. I’ve been ready. My life has been about overcoming obstacles, perseverance, and resilience. This is yet another pebble in my path.

Who wants to train with me? If you’re interested, click the contact me link at the top of this page, and let’s talk about it.

Going Uphill | JustJayThomas