Yesterday I was supposed to meet up with a group of friends to hike up to Telegraph Peak in the Mt Baldy area. We were meeting at the trailhead and leaving no later than 6:30am. I got to Mt Baldy Village right at 6:30 and by the time I found parking and walked over to the trailhead it was almost 7am, I didn't see any of my friends there and there is no cell reception so there was no way of contacting them.
I've been up in that area a bunch of times, but have never hiked up solo and had never been up to telegraph peak. I really wanted to leave and just go back to sleep, but then I thought "What the heck!? I'm already here, I drove an hour to get here, I woke up early, I rescheduled my clients. I'm gonna do this!"
So I hurried up the mountain with a mission to catch up to my friends! I got to the Saddle, which is halfway to the top, in record time. At the saddle I stopped to look at the sign that would take me up to Telegraph peak as I have never been up there. There were a lot of people there, but most of them were going up to Cucamonga peak which I've already hiked before. No one was headed up to Telegraph Peak from where I was, so I considered going up Cucamonga instead so that I wasn't alone on the trail. I was on a mission to catch up to my friend though and continued on the trail to Telegraph Peak.
The trail up to the Peak was unfamiliar to me and I was terrified because there was no one in sight. At some points I wasn't sure if I was following the trail and at some points I realized I wasn't following the trail and had to turn back to find the trail.
The trail got messy at some points, I got lost, I was scared for a lot of it but I kept going up. I made it up to the peak and no one was there, but I didn't care because it felt so good to be at the top! It turns out my friends went up a different way and got up there right as I was about to leave so I actually beat them up to the top!
So the hike didn't go quite as planned, but does anything really go as planned? Just like with anything in life, things will go wrong, things will not turn out how you want them to, but it's your choice to continue anyways. Things will get messy, you will feel lost at times, you will want to give up, but you always have the choice to continue anyways.
I had never done a 14 mile hike on my own and I was terrified of being on my own, but at the end of it, it was a great experience. I actually can't wait to get back up there by myself! I used to not do things I wanted to do before because my friends were busy or not interested, but I'm slowly learning that I can do whatever the hell I want with my life!
Let's find the strength to live the life we want! No one can stop us from doing that!