View from car on Skyline Drive

So, I recently did a thing that I had never really done before, I went hiking in the mountains. Yes, you read that correctly. I took a solo trip to the mountains and hiked through Shenandoah National Park.

Now, I’m not new to hiking per se, but I am new to willingly going to climb mountains and walking through trees, because if it’s one thing most Black people “don’t do” it’s being in the woods alone. Now this isn’t relative to the entire Black race; however, the phrase “Black people don’t do that” is just something we like to say as an excuse to never really live our full lives and to stay small. This is typically the mindset of someone who’s never lived or bother to explore outside of their hometown or state. But, I digress. This Black girl does in fact DO hiking.

I’m not going to lie, I almost talked myself out of going because I had several people cancel on me, but I did it anyway. Truthfully, I had already made the plans before I invited them, but it would have been nice to experience it with someone else. I have never been a person to wait on other people to do what I want to do. On the rare occasion when I did wait, I was so unhappy when it didn’t happen, that I said I would never do it again.

My visits, yes I went two days in a row, to Shenandoah National Park where phenomenal. It was so nice to breathe in that mountain air and it was even nicer to walk in silence and make brief stops to listen and take in the sounds around me. I have never heard such amazing nature sounds. You really can’t buy that. No picture I took does the place justice, but I wanted to share anyway. This mountaintop experience is something you have to see with your own eyes. 

I ended up doing what they consider a moderate trail on MLK day and it was truly a test of faith and physical endurance. I took frequent breaks and really paced myself, but some of those inclines where kicking my butt. I just remember walking on the terrain and talking to God and motivating myself to endure to the end.  I came, I saw, and I conquered. This beautiful scene was my reward towards the end of my hike.

Overall, if I had to rate my trip, I’d give it a 9.5 out of 10. A half point was taken off because it was freezing and really rocky along the path on one side of the mountain. As I said in the video, you can’t tell me nothing the rest of 2021. Clearly, I have super powers. I just wanted to share that with you all. If you’re putting off something you want to do waiting on others, ditch that idea and go do it anyway without them. Also remember God has your back the entire time and “you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” Be empowered today. I’ll catch yal later.

Bri

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