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Hiking, and image dump!

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So, this is my first post here. I was going to post in the Socialize forum, but I figured that since this post is going to be image heavy, I'd just post it here instead! Yay!  As mentioned in the description for this 'blog' is that one of my goals when losing weight was to be able to go hiking around where I live. I live in the same mountain range that Yosemite is located in, actually I am about 20 minutes 'as the crow' flies away from Yosemite. (About 2 hours driving), my forest is the same forest. I hardly go to Yosemite anymore, because it's vastly different than from when I was a little girl, however my parents met and I lived in the park until I was 4. I grew up with a healthy appreciation for the mountains around me, and about 10 years ago I had an opportunity to move back 'home'. So, I snagged it, and here we are. Being able to hike without getting winded is an amazing feeling. I am not even afraid to cliff crawl, or rock hop, my weight no longer makes me frightened about moving. It's freeing and exciting. My husband, bless his soul, has tagged along with me so far, but I can tell that his body hurts after the hikes we do, and it may just be me from this point on, but we will see. 

 

The first 'hike' we really went on since reaching goal weight was heading to Table Mountain. Table Mountain formation is the result of violent volcanic eruptions where lava flowed into an ancient stream channel, displacing the water and solidifying as a great lava cast of the river. The result is a 'mountain' that is fairly flat on top filled with volcanic rock. Getting to the top is 4.6 mile hike, that includes rock climbing. Which for myself was fantastic, for my 5 (now 6) year old daughter, well, I am glad my husband was with us. Here are some pictures from that hike : 

Start of the trail, this is my daughter Kira and myself.

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My husband Charlie, and Kira : 

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At the top : 

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(In the above picture, see that guy with the orange shirt? See the cliff, yeah, that's what you have to climb up to get to the top.)

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Vistas from the top : 

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So, the next hike, was actually the same 'mountain'. We were hoping to go into the caves that go under the mountain. When you hear about the great gold rush of California, these mines were apart of it. However, when we got back up there, there were bees coming out from both mines and I didn't really want to go traversing with bees, so we decided to go down the other trail instead. Eventually, it led to an out pouring of volcanic rock, just piles and piles of it, I assume from when they blasted the mountain to get to the gold, and it's the remaining debris. My husband opted not to go, but I went climbing up the rocks. 

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This doesn't look like much, but to the left of me, that's about 50 feet up. All of these rocks were moving by the way, and some very smart birds were using the spider webs between the rocks to get some food. At this point I texted my husband I was fine, because it occurred to me that I could fall, and he wouldn't be able to find me. Course, he didn't receive said text so it was a moot point nonetheless. 

This is the view of table mountain, from the side : 

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The picture above, with me holding my daughter with a lake in the background, yeah that was at the top of these rocks. 

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The sun coming out was spectacular. 

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Selfies, because.. why not. 

And, as I was looking at a hundred foot drop, this butterfly happened along my path, so I leaned forward to snap a picture, and the rock under me started to wobble. So, the Ediths's Checkerspot butterfly that tried to kill me : 

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On to the next hike! Today we went down to "Natural Bridges", It's a beautiful 2 mile hike through poison oak infested woods to spectacular limestone caverns that were carved out by Coyote Creek on it's way to New Melones lake. It was interesting hiking down, because one, teaching my girls not to touch anything was 'great', but you can see wear from 40+ years of people hiking on the rocks. When we got down there we ate lunch and my older daughter, Brin, and I went to the left, while my husband took Kira down to the right. My son stayed home, which my husband called him "the only smart one". Regardless.. This is what Brin and I found : 

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This waterfall is coming straight out of the mountain, it's really interesting, I managed to get a good picture of my daughter : 

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And I got one of me : 

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Then I realised I was wearing Kira's hat, because she stole mine : 

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Then we walked down to the caves and joined up with Dad and Sister. 

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That waterfall behind her, is what was flowing from the waterfall that we found above.. but the most amazing site was the caves : 

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One of the 'pools' of limestone : 

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Then Brin and I decided to go swimming : 

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So, I surrendered my camera and phone to my husband, and went after my daughter. At this point, I realised that I not only had my glasses on, but my fitbit on, and my body was starting to react to freezing water by hyperventilating. Regardless, I surrendered to the moment and enjoyed the quarter mile of swimming through the cavern with my shoes and clothes on, with my daughter. No pictures, I just enjoyed being 'in the moment'. Next time though, wet suits and water shoes are a must. 

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Regardless, I am glad to be 'at goal' and doing one of the things I was looking forward too the most, hiking and enjoying the area that I live in. 

(All of these are 'thumbnail' pictures, if you want to see the full size ones - 

 

 


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Excellent blog!! Love the stories and the pictures. And your spider web observation!

I used to do some modest mountain hiking when I was only moderately fat. I'm curious whether anything like that will be possible again.

Thanks!

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What a wonderful time and beautiful weather you all had! I used to love to hike and your blog makes me look forward to being able to do it again. Excellent blog and loved all the pictures.

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Beautiful hiking, Zyia! What a gorgeous place to call home. I used to live in Sacramento (not so lovely) but really enjoyed my trips up into the Sierra. So many great places to explore.

It's so nice to see you enjoying hiking. One of my AHA! moments was, after hiking getting harder and harder with extra pounds over the years, having the thought "Hiking isn't fun anymore. It's just hard and unpleasant. I don't think I'll go hiking anymore." This was a big kick in the pants to move forward with WLS. Can't wait to be at goal and have such confidence as you mentioned. 

So happy to see you taking your kids hiking, btw! What a great way to grow up. They're learning lessons that will last a lifetime.

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Gorgeous family in gorgeous surroundings! Thanks for sharing!

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Beautiful scenery!  And awesome family!  Great to see you enjoying life:)

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@Zyia Great post! very interesting and fun to read. My grandparents years ago owned a small general store in the Yosemite area.

@Jen581791 I'm from the Sacramento area and lived there for many years. I still have family there and get back every year or so.

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On 5/27/2017 at 11:45 PM, Carina said:

Excellent blog!! Love the stories and the pictures. And your spider web observation!

I used to do some modest mountain hiking when I was only moderately fat. I'm curious whether anything like that will be possible again.

Thanks!

Oh I am sure it will! I am amazed at the physical changes in losing weight, but the biggest thing is that I hardly find myself out of breath. It's great!

On 5/28/2017 at 5:40 AM, Vaultgirl72 said:

What a wonderful time and beautiful weather you all had! I used to love to hike and your blog makes me look forward to being able to do it again. Excellent blog and loved all the pictures.

Thank you!

On 5/28/2017 at 8:44 AM, Jen581791 said:

Beautiful hiking, Zyia! What a gorgeous place to call home. I used to live in Sacramento (not so lovely) but really enjoyed my trips up into the Sierra. So many great places to explore.

It's so nice to see you enjoying hiking. One of my AHA! moments was, after hiking getting harder and harder with extra pounds over the years, having the thought "Hiking isn't fun anymore. It's just hard and unpleasant. I don't think I'll go hiking anymore." This was a big kick in the pants to move forward with WLS. Can't wait to be at goal and have such confidence as you mentioned. 

So happy to see you taking your kids hiking, btw! What a great way to grow up. They're learning lessons that will last a lifetime.

Thank you! That was one of my goals to be able to go hiking without it hurting. Course, next up will be camping and I have learned that camping as an adult is vastly different than camping as a child. Ugh. Responsibility :P (Sacramento is about 3 hours from me)

On 5/28/2017 at 9:26 AM, Gretta said:

Gorgeous family in gorgeous surroundings! Thanks for sharing!

Thank you!

On 5/28/2017 at 9:29 AM, Cheesehead said:

Beautiful scenery!  And awesome family!  Great to see you enjoying life:)

Thank you!

On 5/28/2017 at 9:31 AM, tracyringo said:

Beautiful place and family...

 

Thank you! 

On 5/28/2017 at 10:01 AM, BurgundyBoy said:

@Zyia

Great photos and story line. You are a person of many talents!

Thank you!, Or an oddball with a wide variety of things that I do (Kidding) Thank you for the compliment!

On 5/28/2017 at 5:12 PM, Michael_A said:

@Zyia Great post! very interesting and fun to read. My grandparents years ago owned a small general store in the Yosemite area.

@Jen581791 I'm from the Sacramento area and lived there for many years. I still have family there and get back every year or so.

That's awesome about your grandparents! I moved my family back here, my older two were born in South Carolina, really because this is the only place that has ever felt like home to me. 

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amazing pics and amazing post. i am so happy for you and your family!

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