Just days before my 60th Birthday trip to Iceland, I was in so much agony I couldn’t walk without my cane. My hip had decided it was ready to be replaced then! Luckily, my doctor agreed to give me a cortisone shot to relieve some pain and it saved my trip.
The 7th day of our trip was the most physically challenging. We hiked 2 1/2 miles into the Reykjadalur (Steam) Valley to soak in its thermal river.
From the parking lot, the wide trail quickly narrowed to a vertical, gravely path. It was just beginning drizzle so the ground was getting slippery.
We each carried our own bags packed with bottled water, bathing suit, towels etc. Me being me…carried two bags of stuff 🙂
Ten minutes into our hike my daughter and son reached over and relieved me of my bags.
They held my hand as I navigated slick rocks to cross streams. Looped arms with me as we climbed steeper slopes and always watched to be sure I was holding up.
The thermal stream was amazing. We soaked for about 40 minutes then trekked down 2 1/2 miles in the pouring rain.
Again, my children insisted on carrying all my things.
I had a flashback to carrying their things when they were little. Holding their hands as they navigated jungle gyms and tried new things. It felt like life had come full circle.
I’m proud I made it to the top. I’m even more proud of the loving supportive adults my children are.
How have you challenged yourself lately?
Have a great day.