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I always had this dream of hiking to the top Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Each year I would travel to Yosemite with my sixth graders for a week of outdoor science school, and I would look to the mountain and dream of standing on top. Every day that I stood in the valley I would marvel at Half Dome’s beauty. It seemed to beckon me.
That, I thought, would be like standing on top of the world. But other than those thoughts, I was not much of a hiker. Sure I accompanied my students on their day hikes one week out of the year, but that was the extent of it.
Then my ex-husband walked out the door. And I literally and figuratively fell into a deep abyss. Not liking the darkness that surrounded me, I instinctively laced up a pair of hiking boots and started climbing. I joined a Team in Training hiking group (at that point in my life I did not have hiking friends), and every Saturday we would meet at a county park and hike. The fact that I began my hiking journey with strangers was comforting. No one knew me. No one knew my past. I was starting a new life, meeting new people, and making new friends along the way. I was figuring out who I was and what I wanted. Those first few hikes were hard, but the more I hiked – the stronger I got, and the better I felt.
There is something truly magical and healing about hiking. Every time I got onto a trail I was surrounding myself in nature; breathing in the scent of the trees; pushing my body physically; and all of this together, helped heal and renew my spirit. I had climbed (and dragged) myself out of the darkness. I also quite literally fell in love with hiking.
After months of training, I made it to the top of Half Dome! And yes, it felt as though I was standing on top of the world! With an total elevation of 8,842 feet, a gain of 4,800 feet, and 15 hours spent on the trail and mountain top – it was the highest and longest hike I have ever accomplished! Still to this day.
No, I did not quit hiking. I hike often! I am lucky in that I live in the middle of many county parks, and I have been fortunate to hike a few destinations as well. This last January my husband and I traveled to Sedona to hike – that was amazing scenery.
In April I hiked Aspen with my daughter – again such beauty!
I have also hiked part of the Pacific Crest Trail.
When Gavin and I first started dating, our first whole-day date was a day hiking Pinnacles National Park.
And this summer my husband and I have joined our County Parks’ Parks for Life Challenge. Getting out and hiking hills and mountains has become part of our life. So much so that the kids have come to enjoy hiking as well. It has become a favorite family activity.
In my world a perfect weekend day is to pack a backpack with snacks, food, water, sunscreen, mini first-aid kit, Chapstick, and a trail map; lace up my boots; and head for the hills. Nothing beats a walk trough the forest, listening to birds, spotting wild life, taking in the fresh scent of nature, and enjoying the silence.
When I started hiking I was lost. While trekking miles upon miles of trails, I began to find myself again. As I hiked I became stronger, fitter, lighter, and healthier. My new weekend activity was bolstering my mental and physical well being. But as any hiker knows, hiking is also hard on the bones and joints! I don’t know if it’s my age or what 🙂 but I have learned that I need to take good care of myself in order to keep up my active lifestyle.
I have tried various supplements geared for joint health, but then I found Caltrate Bone and Joint Health with it’s 3 − 1 Triple Action at my local Walgreens. With this supplement I only need to take one simple tablet a day. This is so much easier for me! Really! With my old supplements it used to be three tablets in the morning and two at night – but then I’d forget which was which! When I saw that Caltrate Bone and Joint Health with it’s 3 − 1 Triple Action has everything I wanted in one simple tablet – I was sold! With it’s triple action Caltrate Bone and Joint Health has UC-II that supports healthy cartilage promoting joint flexibility and health; calcium + vitamin D3 for bone strength; and extra minerals for bone flexibility. All in one tablet! And right now you can save $5-off with the in-store instant value coupon book at Walgreens. I like saving money!
Caltrate Bone and Joint Health has everything I need to give me the confidence to keep going strong – to hike more mountains…
to swim more oceans…
and to complete more triathlons.
I love playing and being active, but I also deal with a bad back. I don’t like it when bone and joint problems slow me down. So I do what I can. I eat healthy, I stretch, I do my core exercises, and I am happy that I found Caltrate Bone and Joint Health as it gives me the confidence I need to keep going strong.
Hiking has taught me that if I can climb a mountain, I can do anything. It takes huge amounts of mental, physical, and emotional strength to get to a mountain top. Preparedness, know your route and plan accordingly, along with perseverance, putting one food in front of the other, will get you there. That is true for so much in life. Prepare and persevere and eventually you will arrive at your goal. Some mountains we climb are higher than others, but with time and work we can all stand on top.
I do have more mountains to climb. I would love to hike Machu Picchu in Peru and Mount Kilamanjaro in Tanzania. Mount Kilamanjaro has an elevation of 19, 341 feet. Now that would really be standing on top of the world! This is how I stay active and confident with Caltrate ® Bone & Joint Health. What would you do with more bone and joint confidence?