The most physically exhausting experience I’ve ever had in my life was undoubtedly reaching the summit of Mount Whitney last summer. It was the middle of the night, I had been breaking trail through fresh snow for miles at high altitude, and I probably should have had more to eat and drink beforehand. Though in many ways the mental challenge of consciously willing my shivering and energy-depleted muscles to continue to push on, was even harder. I could have turned back or set up camp below the summit at any time, but I fought to achieve my goal and refused to let my body quit on me. When it was over, and I had come down from the summit, I felt unstoppable. I craved for the opportunity to top myself, to push the envelope of what I was capable of, and wondered when that day would come. Last week, while hiking through the swamps in Big Cyprus National Preserve, I got that opportunity, but this time the mental maelstrom lasted for nearly 72 straight hours.
This week, instead of writing a lengthy post about my experience, I have simply created a video slideshow through the following YouTube link. In this way, you can witness the difficulties of tromping through swampland firsthand. Enjoy!
My feet were looking pretty nasty after these 3 days of sucking my feet out of deep mud, so I took a day off at the Big Cyprus RV Resort, and had a wonderful time during my recovery. I got to jam with a couple from Canada, play mini golf, have hot showers and wifi access, and had an entire chickee to myself!