Stage One: Elation & Pride
Thought process: “Yipee! We are hiking! We love all things outdoors! We are so fit and awesome!”
Stage characterized by: Cheering. A quick pace. Exclamation points.
I am an epic hiker.
Are you guys coming? Because this hike is soooo easy.
Stage Two: Realism
Thought process: “Yikes, this is STEEP. And my legs hurt. And there’s no oxygen up here. I’m not sure I even like hiking very much. I can’t believe I got up early for this. I wish I had pizza.”
Stage characterized by: Slower pace. Sudden quiet. Lack of exclamation points.
Just go on without me, guys.
Stage Three: Epicness In Question
Thought process: “Anyone know where we are?”
Stage characterized by: Contemplative looks. Lengthy breaks to read the map.
So, where do you think we are?
Stage Four: Not As Close As We Thought
Thought process: “We’re going all the way up (or over or down) THERE?! Are you sure?! #$%^&*!!!!!”
Stage characterized by: Everyone quietly thinking about how nice it would be to turn around, but no one willing to actually suggest it.
I should be more excited about this, I know.
Stage Five: Peaking
Thought process: “This is the top! We made it! We’re awesome! Also, I need to lay down.”
Stage characterized by: A much quieter version of the early elation. Some exclamation marks. Long breaks to “look at the scenery” (e.g. rest aching legs, lungs, and feet).
Yay, hooray! I think I’ll celebrate with a good ol’ dirty roll in the grass.
Stage Six: Downhill
Thought process: “Yay, we made it! Ah, &*@#&*!, we have to go back down now.”
Stage characterized by: Joint pain. Muttered curses. Irritability.
Seriously though, I’m just going to stay here.
Stage Seven: A Day Later, As We Remember the Hike
Thought process: “Yipee! We did it! We love all things outdoors! We are so fit and awesome! I’m going to go post these photos on Facebook.”
Stage characterized by: Cheering. Exclamation points. Denial.
Winning at hiking.
Post idea credit goes to my fabulous best friend, Emily.