No Walk in the Park

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I have spent the last three days in the untouched forest of northern Sweden, just north of The Arctic Circle.  I always wanted to try hiking and finally convinced myself that there was no better time than now.  I followed my boyfriend, his sister, her husband, and children.  We borrowed nearly everything to do a test run before investing in any hiking equipment.  Lucky for us, we live in a country surrounded by hikers.  We packed everything we needed on our backs and biked/hiked 10 miles to a primitive camp called Aktse along Kungsleden, a 270 mile hiking trail in Sweden.  Day two, we spent ascending and descending Skierffe Mountain.

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I survived without electricity, running water, and toilet for three full days.  I would describe the trip in three words-amazing, exhausting, and challenging.  I knew it would be no leisure stroll in nature.  I prepared myself to be challenged and looked forward to it.  The older I get, the more I like to challenge myself a little.  I push myself to step outside of my comfort zone and I encourage others to do the same.  You may never know your true strength unless you test it.

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I loved every minute of the experience.  It is not to say that I did not have a couple moments where I sounded like a trucker fighting my way up a deceivingly beautiful and treacherous mountain with exhausted and unwilling legs.  I kept telling myself “mind over matter” until I broke through the toughest moments.

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It helped that we stopped to pluck blueberries  from bushes that surrounded the trail and drank ice cold water from the many creeks along the way.  I wish I could have bottled the water and taken it home.  I have never tasted such fresh, delicious water in my life.  And the views and wildlife!  It is truly impossible to capture all the moments in a photo.   How often can one say that they crossed paths with a reindeer in the wild?  They will remain forever in my mind and heart.

The trip inspired my latest post for Mighty Nurse.  I hope you all gain some inspiration from it as well ❤

Taking a Time Out

 

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