Day 1096 - Day 001
I spent the first day of the New Year climbing Enchanted Rock, located in Enchanted Rock State Park just north of Fredericksburg, Texas. It’s deep in the Texas Hill Country and has so many wonderful textures and climbing spots that you could spend a week up here and never get bored. It’s somehow hard to capture the true landscape in just one or two pictures…
Surprisingly, I didn’t really have an issue with this climb. The last time I climbed this I was dying the whole way and had to make multiple stops. I was also about 40 pounds lighter, but I was a smoker as well. It really showed me how much healthier I am (even though I gained weight after I smoked) being a non-smoker. For those out there who have set a 2012 New Year’s Resolution to quit smoking: go for it. If I did it, then you can do it, and it’ll be the best thing ever.
I have a lifetime dream to climb a mountain in Colorado, Longs Peak. I was happy that I was able to make it to the top of Enchanted Rock, but I have a long way to go if I’m going to climb a 14,000 foot mountain. As long as I have to go to get in shape… I know that I can. I know I can do it, and I won’t stop until I do!
I expect a lot of days like this in 2012, where I find myself surprised… pushing myself to do more and more… and succeeding.