Thursday, May 14, 2009

Never give up!

For you out-of-towners that aren't familiar with the area:
Mission Peak Regional Preserve East Bay Regional Park District

I often ask Sara if she would like to hike up Mission Peak with me. Often! For four years now, I have been asking her. She gave it a shot once and gave up within 1/4 of a mile. You see, the top of Mission Peak is 2,517 feet. Total climb for you from the parking lot to the top is about 2,200 feet and it's STRAIGHT UP for 2.8 miles! Well, Tuesday night, she said she would give it a try on Wednesday morning. So, try we did. And, son of a gun, the girl made it!!!

I didn't wear my Garmin. Time or pace was not going to be a factor. I had nothing else to do all day. She carried one little bottle of water because "that is all I will need." I completely filled my hydration pack with 70 oz. AND carried a hand bottle full of water. You know, just in case "Mom knew best." Also, we had both dogs with us and there's no water available along the hike. I went at her pace, stopping whenever she felt like she wanted to, for whatever reason. When we got up a super steep part, or around a corner, I would assure her that THAT was the toughest one we'd have to do. ;) The hardest part was always behind us. When I could, I would tell her how many turns we would have to take until we were at the top. I remember telling her when we only had to turn five more times, without having to tell her how long or steep the stretches were.

Then came this part:
When the trail went from a gravel fire road to this, she decided there was "no way in hell I am going to go up that!" I asked if we could just go see what was up over the hill here. She was very discouraged because at this point, the peak completely disappears. I knew how close we were, but she didn't.

The trail didn't get a lot better. In fact, it got worse. I pointed out the beautiful California Poppies along the side of the trail. She didn't really care about the California Poppies at this point. AT ALL! (I enjoyed them anyway.)

When the peak came into view again and she saw it only got steeper, she only got more upset. She realized at this point, all those times I was telling her the worst was behind us? I guess I was wrong. Oops, my bad! She told me for the umpteenth time, "I'm done! I'm not climbing up those rocks." Blah, blah, blah! I told her I was going up and I would take a picture with the dogs. She said "Fine!" I went ahead and waited at the top. Soon she came into view. See her? You have to click on the picture.

What's this I see?! That's Sara's head! She's really going to do it!

And, as you know from the first picture, she was actually able to smile once she got there. I was SO proud of her. It's not an easy hike, by any means and she stuck it out. I was not going to give up on her either. I tried to point out different places you could see from the top. She couldn't care less. I was showing her Mt. Diablo, Sunol, San Francisco skyline, the different highways, a golf course. She still couldn't care less.
We slowly made our way back down to the car. Don't think walking down 2,200 feet is a ton easier than going up. She's proud of herself, that she really did make it to the top. A couple of times, I actually heard the words "next time" come out of her mouth. And I know, no matter what, when she drives around and can see that peak, she'll look at it in a whole different way. I know she will.
Heck, I still do!


Kristin said...

That's a great story! It's the opposite with me and my mom, I'm always trying to drag her to do something physical!

Man I am so jealous of you CA folks...we don't have anything beautiful like that to climb around here! Just the Carolina beaches, which I suppose, is nice too.

You're so inspiring!

COTY said...

Awesome post ! This makes me smile and how rewarding for her and you too :o)

Oz Runner said...

what a cool experience for you as a mom, to be able to help her accomplish something like that and enjoy it with her as well...hopefully there will be many more "next times"

Anonymous said...

That is a crazy climb, but wow, that view is worth it!! Beautiful!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Very nice. How awesome to share that experience with your daughter. :-)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story to tell. It put a huge smile on my face.

aron said...

awesome story and amazing pics!

209Mike said...

I love it up there! I'll be up on the other peak (Rose) in a few weeks.

Stuart said... time. Awesome!

run to eat said...

Love it!

Southbay Girl said...

This post made me smile and cry!!! How exciting for you and her!!! I can't wait to have a moment like that with my son-but everything is different with daughters!!

How did the doggies fare?

RunningLaur said...

What a fantastic hike and story! It's great that you were able to play mom to take care of things, as well as be a guide and cheerleader. I love the Mexican poppies too - they are too cute!

Victoria said...

Ha ha-- I was pointing out flowers to Suzanne when I was pacing her at Miwok. She cared not a whit for them at that point. Good for you and your daughter-- sounds like a fun day.

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