I escaped to one of my most favorite places this past week: Grand Teton National Park. The Tetons never fail to take my breath away as their snow-peaked, jagged tops rise sharply out of the Snake River Valley below. It’s quite possibly the most beautiful place on earth - it’s also becomming one of the most crowded in the summer.
My favorite trail to escape the crowds is a 14+-mile roundtrip hike to a serene lake aptly named Lake Solitude. The first few miles are rough as you climb steeply past Hidden Falls to Inspiration Point on into Cascade Canyon. Once in the canyon, you leave the crowds behind – often seeing more bears and moose than humans.
The beauty of the mountains is spellbinding as you weave your way ever higher, through snow fields until you reach a crystal-clear lake at the end of the canyon. Each twist in the canyon produces another fabulous view that has to be photographed – a great excuse for a rest break!
It’s a spectacular hike but challenging as it climbs nearly 3,000ft. I like to think of it as my reward for being fit. All that sweat equity I earned through running and cross-training (especially in last week’s oppressive heat and humidity) afforded me the ability to do this hike yesterday with my brother's kids. So much fun laughing, playing trail games, catching up and spotting the biggest moose we've ever seen – plus a well-earned post-hike pizza fest. The perfect day!
Fitness is the ultimate gift-giver. It enables us to live life to it’s fullest. To play with (and like!) kids, to go on adventures, to live independently even in old age…and to have the energy and courage to battle the trials of life. Where will your fitness take you?
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