That Monster Hill, Those Shorts, This Face (6 Images)

Once again I had put myself into a position that  left me with no other choice but one.  Why do I do these things to myself?  And that, my friends, was a choice I did not know if I was up to.

And yes I am talking “up”.  For you see, in climbing down a hill (Hill? …) when curiosity got the better of me, I realized two things.  The only way to get back to my car (roughly one hour away) I either could climb back up that Monster Hill that I had just climbed down, or, test out a trail I was not familiar with.  Time won (I had to get back home to feed my cats.) and so I looked up at the OMG IT IS ALMOST STRAIGHT UP! hill preparing myself to start climbing.

I had not dared to slide down coming down that hill because, well you see, I had my most fav short shorts on.  Nothing to hang on to the pitch was enough that if I had stopped it would have probably “pitched” me forward.  Those shorts are so dang old it would not take much to tear them.  By golly, I was not about to ruin those shorts by falling or by sliding on my bum.  These are my fav those shorts.

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Now where was I?  Oh, yeah, standing at the bottom of that Monster Hill questioning my sanity.  Trembling, really unsure if I could make it with determined Mind I began that climb.  Oh Lord here I go!!!  This is what I saw just before the climb of that Monster Hill before I transferred my eye gaze resolutely to the ground in front of me as I scanned thoroughly the way for me to safely climb Mt. Everest.

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OK.  Here’s another look at that Monster Hill this time with me standing on top of that hill. (Picture was taken a week after this story took place.)  Notice the two young people making that very same climb and the young woman is having a great deal of trouble!  Also notice the red circle on this image.  That is a four foot high pipe line looking like a speck.

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Below is a picture of this pipe line at the top of the hill.  It is exactly the same size as the one at the bottom of that hill  (Now are you getting a good idea of what I climbed?)

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Next up is a drawing done by me, perhaps a wee exaggerated, (BUT that is how it felt as I climbed!) of a side view I drew of that Monster Hill with word illustrations along the way of that hellacious climb.  Oh yeah, this is the “rated G” version.

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As I finally got to the top three years later, I gasped for air (OMG I cannot breathe!) desperately seeking relief in my acrid burning lungs.  Legs shaking ready to collapse the sweat poured out from every pore known to me. Fumbling to get a bottle of water from my fanny pack I attempted to guzzle water without my lungs bursting from lack of air. The urgency and desperation to breathe made it impossible to drink.

How I longed to pour that water over my head but alas! I only had 1 bottle of water left!  I barely had room for 2 bottles of water in my fanny pack, and besides, those bottles get heavy to lug on a hike!  Now I needed to ration my water as soon as my breath came back!

It was then I knew I had to do something to get me back to my car.  I was spent. Exhausted.  My legs felt like rubber and hurt like hell.  My face beet red seismic hot.  No No NO I would not pass out!!  Come on, breath, where are you?  Oh man, I just had to make it back to my car!

Somehow I managed to get back to the trail in shade that I knew would lead me back to my original destination.  I honestly didn’t know if I could continue.  So I did two things.  I took a pain tablet to calm the screams in my legs when finally I could drink water (that water never tasted better then at that moment!), and I took my cellphone out of my pocket with shaking hands to snap a “face” which I sent to my sister.  Not telling her the real “truth” of my situation, I texted:

It is SO HOT!!! Sis, I must be NUTS
for hiking in this weather!

I hit send and hoped just hoped she would respond.  Most of the time she doesn’t but this time, thank goodness, she did.  I could hear her “laughing” as she responded yes, Amy, you are truly a nut!! And that is when I broke out laughing at me, and, Sis, it is the laughter that lightened my body and got me back to my car.  THANK YOU!

And so here is this face that says it all.  The laugh is on me!! LOL

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I hope you enjoyed my story for today.  I accomplished something I didn’t think I could and in doing so, I classified myself either being courageous or stupid.  A few days later I definitely said courageous as I could feel the results of that climb.

Sometimes in order to achieve
new results
you have to push through
doing something you
normally do not do.
That day I most certainly did!

Photography/ “That Monster Hill, Those Shorts, This Face” June 2016©AmyRose
@www.herladypinkrose.wordpress.com

 

101 thoughts on “That Monster Hill, Those Shorts, This Face (6 Images)

    1. Hi, Amanda!! Thank you for reading my story. I do have the darnedest things to tell sometimes. I’m part daredevil and part adventurer. Dangerous mix if you don’t have common sense which I swear I do. LOL ❤

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      1. I hope you go on more of these adventures… As long as you take it easy and don’t do yourself an injury 😳 You’re a crazy cat, you are! Or shall I say, danger mouse? I don’t know? I’m tired and a little bit delirious. I shall go to bed now. Goodnight, my love ❤️

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      2. A wee late but goodnight, Amanda, she says. LOL Yes I do have a mixture of crazy, adventurer, and daredevil in me yet thank goodness, a lot of common sense too. I did put myself in a pickle here, and I am just SO relieved I did not get hurt. I won’t attempt this hill until I know beyond doubt I am ready for it. 🙂 ❤

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      3. Please don’t worry about me, dear friend. I really know how to take care of me. I’ve had to. I’ve had a very up and down week, very packed, and right now SO relieved. I did not tell anyone but I thought my fur baby Karma was going to be leaving us soon. Today our Vet ordered a stomach med for him to calm his nausea and vomiting down, and right now he looks the best he has in a long time. His time is not yet and I am SO relieved, I am in tears. Darn it! I’ve just lost one baby and almost another? Amanda, I can only take so much. Even me. (((HUGS))) ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. LOL SO glad you got a laugh on me, Andy. I sure laughed when I saw what my face looked like and it was my laugh and my sis’s laugh that got me to my car. Hope your laugh carried you to your next destination. 🙂 ❤

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    1. I bet I do, Mom!!! LOL I’ve already gone down the hill and up, not all the way but part of the way. It was a whole lot easier the second time around then the first time around. 🙂 ❤

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    1. I have multiple talents, Scott. Yes I can draw in the way you just saw. When hubs and I built our house I illustrated with drawings what I had in “mind” regarding what I wanted and his response was how my drawings clearly got across what I was illustrating. I will think seriously upon what you suggested here and I do thank you for suggesting it. ❤

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  1. Crazy, crazy lady….but oh so couragious! 😀
    And now you know your truth….more 🙂
    Oh, and you know your legs…you know, those leaden lumps of numbness that you could feel dragging underneath you! 😀
    Well done Amy, I’m cheering from here 🙂

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    1. Yup, I have to be a bit crazy to attempt what I do, and that goes for many aspects of my Life. LOL My right leg has nerve damage running all the way to my foot which I have been determined to heal. Now when that leg hurts it wants to quit. And I was in no position to quit when I was finished climbing that hill. My knee jerk reflex is to guard and put more weight on my left leg, which then fatigues that leg. It takes great concentration to keep my weight evenly distributed between my two legs. When I guard I pull all my back and hip and neck muscles the wrong way worsening the situation. Tricky it is to get this body working right. The stories I could tell. (smile) I think the ones I do tell gives you a pretty good idea of what I have gone through in order to get walking again. Thanks for the cheering!!! I SOOOO appreciate that, Mark!!! ❤

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      1. By the way, and I feel silly for saying this (being a male of the species 🙂 ), BUT…I needed an article of clothing (a really cool vest), that no longer was made…so I got told to go find a dressmaker (or equivalent), and they could unpick, measure, and recreate my apparel for me…AND…as many as I wanted.
        And considering they are ‘just’ shorts (ok, they are the most bestest pair you’ve ever had 😀 ), it shouldn’t be too hard to ‘re-make’ some…surely, it’s not like they are any more copyrighted as they are long gone from the shelves, and the machines they have for sewing designs into things should give you an even better range of stuff to choose from 😀
        Just a thought 🙂

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      2. Bless you for this thought, Mark. I had not thought of this. I don’t know if you can even buy the material these days because jeans just are not sold 100% cotton any more. Yep. True. But at least I could try, right??? ❤

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      3. The angels will look after you and you will bump into an old material shop doing a sale on exactly what you are looking for…I’ll put it out there for you, can’t have a mountain climber in tears…or bare backsides (from another comment here 😀 ) ❤

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    1. Yes I climbed that mountain in more ways then one as you saw it, and I’ll do it again!! Yes!! And all this from someone who was not walking. Hmmmmm …. I SO encourage you today, dear friend. No leaps, though. Nice and easy does it! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. In gaining the use of my body back, Rita, I’ve had to many times push through something that was really difficult in order to get muscles sore, broken down, so that I can then build them up to gain strength. I’m familiar with the process. The difficult part for me is to realize what I am being guided to do or not to do in order to NOT hurt myself. It’s really scary when I am on the couch not able to move questioning what what what did I do? The pain, the exhaustion, and there I lay thinking oh oh did I overdo this time? Yet, time and time again, I’ve discovered my guidance had not led me wrong and when the exhausted stage is over with, I feel a new resurgence of strength and energy. My cycle is push through something I don’t think I can do, rest, then continue with muscles stronger then before. It’s been a very long journey, one that I to this day am continuing. ❤

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      1. Sorry, they are mine. I wish I had had the foresight to buy a bunch of them because good luck trying to find jean shorts like that. I’m treasuring them for as long as they last. 🙂 ❤

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      2. ROFLMAO!!!! Oh please don’t say things like that!! I just this year am feeling good wearing these very short shorts and I would be crestfallen if the bum would break through. Gee, what kind of friend are you??!!! Tee hee ……

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  2. Oh my goodness! Well, hopefully all that left you with a sense of accomplishment! Cute shorts, BTW! No wonder you didn’t want to ruin them. And as for your picture…I think all you left out were the swear words!

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    1. Thanks, Marissa. I really had a lot of fun putting this post together as well as hmmmmmm’ing and hawwwwwww’ing whether or not to be bold enough to put my selfie on it. LOL As you can very well see, I gathered up the courage and said aw what the heck! Why must I look glam all the time? So, hence, a pic of me sweating my arse off. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you for reading, Van. I had to work up a wee bit of courage to post that face of mine. I send many pics to my sis and sometimes I have to stop and think did I post this already on Petals or just text it? It gets confusing sometimes. LOL Hope you are having a good day!! ❤

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    1. Thank you, August! Just goes to show you what one can do with Mind over matter! And of course, one must work up to something to that magnitude. Just last year I wouldn’t have been able to make it. Many have commented on my diagram and so the seed has been planted that I might combine my drawing skills in with my photography. 🙂 ❤

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    1. LOVE your laugh, Laura!! I’m so happy to provide you with one for this day! Hehehehehe Those shorts have been with me for a long while and I plan on having them for yet a long while to come. Darn I just loveeeeee those shorts! 🙂 ❤

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      1. I’m learning how to write humor out of an event that really wasn’t too funny at the time. I’m doing that more and more in my Life, putting a humorous spin on things. My biggest stumbling block is hubby …. Hmmmmm …. True. Work in progress ….. 🙂

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      2. You and I have the same issue with our husbands regarding humor. lol Me….I’ve always been a laugher. I use laughter to hide behind too so most everything is funny. That is until it’s not LOL!

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      3. There’s a saying that goes something like this … Behind every clown’s smile are tears. I’ve learned, dear friend, not to hide behind the laughter when I am really hurting inside. I’ve been relying on Truth and you got it, hubby is NOT too fond of that either. When I laugh, he gets offended. When I speak Truth, he gets angry. Huh. Can’t win with him so you know what? I am being ME ME ME no matter what his reaction is! If he insists on being such a sour puss, fine, go right ahead but not on my time! Tee hee …. OH could I tell you stories …. But I’d rather not. I’ll perhaps weave them in my stories that I do tell. Something to think about!!! Much Love to you today, Ms. Laura! I’ll be on over to see your latest in a bit. ❤ ❤ ❤

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      4. I believe that what you say but for me it’s important to keep laughing. I’ve dealt with a lot of depression in my life and my laughter keeps me going. Dave doesn’t NOT like my laughter…he just doesn’t guffaw and chortle like I do. A lot of men are just not that type. Actually I know some women who are like that too! So damn serious!

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      5. I’ve dealt with depression as well, Laura, so I get it with the laughter. I’d rather laugh then go down. It’s too tempting and too easy to go down some days. Life is too short to be too serious!! What happened to these people on the way to growing up? I’m glad I have my cats around to keep me laughing. LOL ❤

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    1. I LOVE those all over smiles!!! *laughing out loud* Thank YOU for telling me your reaction! And yes it took some nerve to post that face but I really wanted all who saw my face to laugh, really laugh!!! SO glad you enjoyed this! I LOVE conquering the monster in all aspects of my Life. It is so empowering and freeing!! ❤

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    1. A little crazy is good, Irene. It pushes me beyond my fear factor and as a result I grow. SO glad you enjoyed this post! And yes it feels so good to win! YES! May my words inspire you in your own Life!!! ❤

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  3. If you can look back at it and laugh about it, it was a good experience. Well, that’s how my warped mind sees the world. Love the picture. I wasn’t laughing “at” you, Amy. I was laughing “with” you – yes, the fact that you weren’t laughing at the time doesn’t matter. You really got me with the diagram (you know how I love diagrams). Seriously, I am glad you made it back in one, working piece. Be careful out there in this heat.

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    1. Dan, the whole point to this post was to laugh, especially at the face I made. I was actually thinking of you when I made that diagram because you make so many that I have liked so much. Many have commented on that diagram so most likely more like it will be coming in forthcoming posts. I also know the dangers of heat stroke and that day it was near 90. That climb almost did me in and has made me more aware of the heat, believe me. Hiking as it is, is challenging. You have no idea how relieved I was when I did reach my car. Being out in that forest alone I really have to be aware at all times. I like to “float off” (which I do) yet somehow I am aware of where I am putting my feet and what time it is. I’m sticking to the trails (for now) that I am familiar with because the more I hike them, the more my feet seem to know them. And so my confidence builds. Thanks again for taking the time to read this post. ❤

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  4. I absolutely loved reading this, Amy. 🙂 I love the diagram and the look on your face is absolutely priceless. 🙂 I hope you’re having a day that’s as awesome as you are. 🙂 And as the expression goes, you can’t keep a good woman down!

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    1. LOL Thank you, Brenda!!! I had a lot of fun putting this post together. It all came together actually a week after this story takes place as I had been chewing on how best to present this story. I left out a lot but yet I needed to make the story flow, interesting, and not drag on and on. I’m SO glad you enjoyed!! And nope one cannot keep a good woman down, as YOU well know! 🙂 ❤

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      1. I always enjoy your posts, Amy. 🙂 It was more than interesting and flowed as do all your posts. Here’s to all the good women in the world! 🙂 I’d love to try that walk btw. 🙂

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  5. Wow, what a Monster Hill!!! The pictures and the diagram says it all. You should feel proud that you accomplished that and were still able to get back to the car. Love the expression on your face. Not laughing at you but with you. Proud to have you as a friend. Way to GO!!!!!!!!!!! Hugs, Amy ❤

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    1. Thank YOU, Kathy!!! Yes this was quite the accomplishment, one that I am seriously proud of! To think I wasn’t walking twenty years and some and to now be doing what I am now, wow! Sometimes I look back and it all seems like a really bad nightmare, yet I know it really happened. I am SO grateful that I am in a Life as I am today that brings such JOY to my Heart!! (((HUGS))) ❤

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  6. Haha!!! Awesome, Amy! They humorous way of your writing says enough how proud you are that you did it and next to the sweat and effort how you enjoyed to conquer that monster hill!!! Yes, you did it!!!!

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    1. Hi, Erika!! Oh yes that sense of humor of mine, crazy as it is, gets me through Life at times. Learning how to put a humorous spin on Life makes it so much easier and actually fun. Now, that is not possible all the time, yet I do try. Yes, I did conquer that hill, and yes I will climb up and down it again when my body says the OK. First times out in that forest attempting something challenging brings out the fear factor but after that is defeated, what was “hard” now is “hey I got this!”. I don’t have a video camera but if I did I would be tempted to actually videotape how drastic that path becomes at times. SO glad you laughed and enjoyed this post! Thank you for taking the time to read this testimony that once a woman was I who was not walking and now? She climbs Monster Hills! (smile) ❤

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    1. LOL Many people are loving that diagram. Tee hee …. It was so hard to really get across how drastic the slope was on this hill. My iPhone is so 2 dimensional and if the picture is not taken at the right angle, spacial dimensions just don’t come through. So I drew a side view of that hill. Now IF I had written the rated R version, I think you would have rolled off your chair laughing. Yup, I do know those words too, and believe me, I was saying them! I also was saying things like “Come on, Ame, you’ve got this!” as my breath was no where to be found. SO glad you stopped by to read this, Melissa. An earlier post I came out to tell all that I was not walking for almost 2 years due to a back injury and 2 failed surgeries so for me to be doing what I am today is a Miracle. I was also a prescription drug addict but no more. THAT is a very long story but just take my word for it, I went through so many hells getting off those horrible drugs. I’m free today of them since 2001. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Ha ha! IF I had written the R rated version you would have gotten a much better grasp of that hill. LOL What a day that was!!! SO glad you stopped by and I really thank you for reading my story. ❤

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    1. Thank YOU, Laura!!! My expression cracked me up and got my sis to laugh too. I am going, dear friend, and I will not stop until I get all these muscles and nerves in this body working right. I’ve come so far and I intend to go even further. Bless you for the encouragement!! ❤

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