|I maintain that my eyes make this picture EVEN MORE awesome|
The Billy Goat Trail (also written as Billygoat Trail) is a 4.7-mile (7.6 km) hiking trail that follows a path between the C&O Canal and the Potomac River within the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park near Great Falls in Montgomery County, Maryland. The trail has three sections: Section A, the northernmost, is 1.7 miles (2.7 km); Section B is 1.4 miles (2.3 km); and Section C, the southernmost, is 1.6 miles (2.6 km).So I alluded in posts past about how unwilling -- nay, terrified -- I was of this. It was a lot like going on my first roller coaster: Dave my junior year physics partner "made" me go on -- and front row of the Superman, at that -- and I informed him the whole 45-minute wait that I very much did not want to do this, I couldn't believe I was still in line, and I was going to murder him when we got off. Not only did I survive, but I was instantaneously obsessed with roller coasters and demanded to know where they had been my whole life. Sorry, Dave.
Section A of the trail, by far the most popular, is on Bear Island and traverses rough and rocky terrain, including a steep climb along a cliff face along the Potomac River's Mather Gorge. At
another pointMOST POINTS in the trail, hikers are required to scramble over and around huge boulders. [edit mine]
|me, trying to keep up with Chuck Norris|
I'm not sure how or when, but somewhere along the line, I decided to dominate. I mean, own the trail. At least compared to my previous, silently-whiny self from pre-hike. There were boulders 94% of the way, and I hopped all over them. I climbed and crawled and was light on the balls of my feet and didn't overthink it. And it really is a metaphor for a lot of things - once you start thinking about it, you freak yourself out. And then a bunch 10-year-olds scamper past you, hardly looking where they're going, much less agonizing over every step, and you wonder what their secret is. Oh, yeah. Don't think about it, trust your body. Kids do that innately, adults learn too much and forget it. I did things I never in a million years would have thought I could handle.
|Kathryne and me showing some rocks who's boss|
|you can't tell, but we're REALLY high up in this picture|