My morning began with a lot of death threats directed towards the alarm clock and Daylight Savings Time. Today time sprang forward an hour, depriving all the good citizens of America an hour of sleep. It also meant that the sun rose an hour earlier so everything would be brighter when I opened my eyes. I don’t like that. Meanwhile, my wife and I were still fighting a cold and had spent another restless night. Needless to say, my motivation to hike today was low.
My plan was to go on a 7.5 mile hike in the Diablo Foothills Regional Park. This would be the second of a minimum of five hikes I had to complete as part of Trails Challenge 2010. But I felt that mentally and physically I could not handle 7.5 miles, and I struggled to get myself excited about the challenge. Finally my wife came up with a clever solution and suggested I plan an easy hike, and if I felt good enough, extend it to the moderate or challenging loop. Trails Challenge 2010 offers three alternatives to each hike and classifies them as easy, moderate and challenging, and one can easily switch between the three.
With an improved attitude, I jumped into the shower enthusiastically. I am usually my brightest, bravest and boldest in the shower and there it dawned on me that the best I would be able to do today might be a moderate hike. I just did not have the capacity to take on a challenging hike. Under normal circumstances, I would find this 7.5 mile “challenging” hike easy.
Unfortunately, all this procrastinating, debating and motivating took a toll on time. So I pulled into the Castle Rock parking lot in Walnut Creek at 9:45 AM instead of 7 AM as planned, or more truthfully, dreamt. I wanted to get some early morning, sunrise photographs on the trail this spring but it wasn’t meant to be. Thankfully, the temperature at the trailhead was 52 degrees and the sky was blue with barely any clouds. It was indeed a perfect day to enjoy the outdoors.