Over the summer, I was introduced to hiking… What I will refer to as ‘my first hike’ was going up to the Belvédère du Revoulat (1168 m) near the town of La Chapelle en Vercors. The company was lovely, the walk was very pleasant, and the view from the top was breathtaking… Combined with a couple of nights of camping, good food, and lovely weather and I was hooked!
My second hike was more of a healing walk. I needed to get away from things and decided to hike up the Mont Grêle (1425 m). The company had left but the little seed that had been planted was already ready to germinate… Starting at 400 m, the way up was pretty strenuous… And when I made it to the Belvédère, there was too much fog to have a view of the Lac d’Aiguebelette… I was a bit disappointed but I still enjoyed it all so much… I walked for close to 7 hours that day and even ended up running a bit once I was back on flat and stable ground.
This past weekend, I went up to La Dent du Chat (1390 m) et le Mollard Noir (1452 m). That was a 5-hour hike (well, I am counting the 30 minutes or so we spent looking at the view from the top). The walk back was a bit long (it was threatening the rain and it was definitely getting dark) but standing at the top with all that blue sky and water and that strong wind was just amazing and made it all so worth it.
So yeah… I guess that’s what they mean when they say that things happen for a reason and that people come into your life for a purpose… I can try to live with that…