Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Hike-a-thon, Hiking, Me, Solo

HaT #8: Wright Mountain, wrong day

For the last year and a half, I’ve been experiencing pretty significant pelvic pain. At first it was only for a couple of days of my cycle, but at this point I have the joy of dealing with it 2-3 weeks out of every month, complete with nausea when the pain is at its worst. On Monday I had laparoscopic surgery where my doctor removed some adhesions, which will hopefully help. If not, at least I am now in possession of gross photos of my innards.

I’ve spent the week recovering on the couch, having my wonderful man slave cook and do all the housework, but I’m hoping to feel good enough to walk and maybe even go on an easy hike soon. In the meantime, here’s a report from when I was dumb and went hiking during “peak pain week” in August. Exercise usually helps when there’s just pain (yay, endorphins!), but when there’s nausea involved, it’s better to just stay scrunched up inside and drink buckets of ginger tea. But, you know, I had Hike-a-Thon miles to cover.

Inferiority complex

The hike started on a promising note with coolish temperatures and, to Wellie’s excitement, our first full-sized Greyhound sighting on trail. I’ve seen a surprising number of Italian Greyhounds out there, but never a big one.

Snow Lake

Snow Lake was its usual pretty but crowded self, even on a weekday, so I stopped briefly for a photo and then went straight on towards Gem Lake, where I planned to spend the afternoon reading, drinking lake-chilled Pepsi, eating Ginger People chews, and moaning quietly to myself.

Gem Lake & Wright Mountain

As I was soaking my feet in the cold water, I noticed that my socks just happened to have the words WRIGHT SOCK printed on them (even the wleft one), so I pretty much had no choice but to drag my nauseous self up to the summit of Wright Mountain, just so I could take photos of my dirty sock.

Gem Lake

Then I went back home, curled up into a ball, and drank a bucket of ginger tea. The end.

Wright Mountain | 11 miles | 3400 feet elevation gain –

Wellie's feelin' all Wright

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  • Reply Elle September 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I love ginger chews too! Truly addicted. Sometimes it sucks being female………hope you sort out the root cause.

  • Reply jill i October 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Oh hope you’re feeling better soon and back on the trail! yea, love me some ginger chews and they are supposed to help with nausea.

  • Reply Michelle October 4, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Love your blog and pictures – and your hike-a-thon! awesome idea, sounds right up my alley (although I have yet to get used to hiking alone, it is something I would like to get comfortable with as I like quiet too). Thanks for stopping by :)

  • Reply Ed October 10, 2012 at 7:07 am

    That is an amazing picture of your pup, and the scenery is awesome!

  • Reply Ingunn October 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks, guys!

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