This was the hardest thing I have ever done.
Gather around the camp fire for this story. I went hiking today nit just any ole hike either. I climbed the highest mountain in Ghana today and this was truly THE hardest thing I have ever done in my life( besides Algebra)=-0 We done this hike in teams, team A and team B of course I was on team B. I knew that this was going to be a challenge, but I didn't think that I was totally prepared for the events that took place. First, I of all people told team A "hey shut up whining this ain't tea time ladies, we did that at breakfast." Why did I open my mouth like that because I just inserted my foot.
The quarter way up marker said "No turning back now," well little to my demise I should have turned around, but nooooo I couldn't right?..!.. I was determined not to let my team down so, I moved on forward. Ten minutes into the hike after that point I got breathless like it was nobody's business, but did I stop yes only to rest a minute; let me just say that our guide was every bit of sixty and he had on flip flops, which that put me to shame. Half of the way there I was really getting light headed and dizzy but my stubborn self just couldn't quit; although I said " I quit (as I was sitting on a rock heaving very hard) I am just going to go back down I can't make it." At this time I heard people from team A coming and jumped right up; people from my team burst into laughter because I got a burst of energy from I don;t know where. they said ' hmmmm that seems to be your motivation'
I kept saying I am too old I shouldn't not have tried to hang with you guys. I felt as if my heart was going to jump out of my chest and run down the side of the mountain since I didn't have that much sense. The three quarter marker the guide broke me off a stick to help me to make it and the two people from my team that cheered me on, plus the one from the other team that is just my buddy really got me through this ordeal. My heart was really pounding and I thought that I was sure to have a heart attack on the mountain; my three cheerleaders told me ' your heart pounding like that has nothing to do with age ours is beating fast and hard too.
Ten minutes from the end and I was so tired that my legs wanted to give out. When I made it to the top I cried because one I didn't die, two I was the oldest but not the last, three my whole team was happy to see me and told me they were really proud of me; their mother's would not have made it.:-) They all said your kids would be proud of you; I cried too because this was another awesome wonder of God. The sight from the mountain was soooooooo beautiful my eyes couldn't take it all in. I am afraid of heights and I have conquered this fear as well.
I did get some picture for you all and I am for ever grateful to the almighty for getting up the mountain and back down in one piece. He is mighty in power and gives strength to the weak. Yeah I beat some 19,20,21 tr olds up the mountain and back down it too, but the sight and opportunity that God has granted me is more than some old crappy race. What I learned about myself is that YES I am a lot stronger than I give myself credit for and I have gain endurance in a lot of things not just mountain climbing.
P.S. this was more of a work-out than Younce Daniels the personal trainer has ever given me