Hurts So Good

31 May

Happy Sunday everyone! I went hiking today, I left at 8A and got back home at 10P and am completely beat but I will share some stuff about today before I pass out.

I went with a group to Grandfather Mountain, which is about 2.5 hrs away from Charlotte. It has amazing views and living here for 3.5 yrs, I never visited. I am always up for something new, especially on a three-day wknd, so I was game and excited to go!

Before I left, I made a breakfast burrito with black beans, mushrooms, egg whites, cheese and salsa

On another note, Lincoln is diggin the new chair.

I took Lincoln to my friend’s house to hang out with her dog since I was going to be gone for a good part of the day. I carpooled up with three others and it was a nice day out (we were at 5,000 feet elevation so it was a bit cloudy up there)

And the scary part—The MILE HIGH swinging bridge—eek!!

I did not want to walk on this at all but had to cross to see a gorgeous view of the park. It’s only 228 feet long however I was trying to walk as quickly as possible and not look down. It was a bit shaky but kept my ye on the prize…land!

Then the hike began, we were doing a trail that was four miles long to the top of another mountain. I am used to dirt trails and not rocks and this one was all rocks. We were basically rock climbing/hiking and to make it worse, it started raining. I feel about three times then took a NASTY spill. I was stepping onto a rock and fell right in between two. I screamed out and we stopped to check out the damage. My hand was scraped, both legs scraped badly and bleeding. I was trying not to cry but was in pain. We stopped for ten minutes then kept going and I did another 10 minutes but it got to the point the hill was at 50 degree angle and all wet rocks and I couldn’t go any further because my right thigh, which was scraped the worst, was in pain. The rest of the group was way ahead of me and there was an older couple walking down and they asked if I was ok and I started crying and they yelled to my group saying there was no way I could go on. One of the girls came down and went back to the car with me because she had her dog with her so that was nice not to go back alone. The walk back was rough. It took about an hour and I had to do it with extra caution since it was so muddy and wet. It was an amazing workout but I was in complete pain. We hung out at the car for almost two hours before they got back. And now… battle scars (I am already hurting, bruised and in pain so I fear what tomorrow will bring)

Yeah. Nuff said.

Some other pics

We met up with the rest of the group and was ready for grub!! We drove into Boone where Appalachian State University is and decided on the Mellow Mushroom-a hippielicious pizza place (hmmm first fruit hippies and now pizza hippies. Maybe I AM really a hippie at heart?)

Everything looks amazing and our table split cheesy garlic bread as an appetizer. I decided on the Magical Mystery Tour Pizza (love the name)—pesto, button and portobello mushrooms, spinach, feta and jalapenos.

Good lord, these hippies know what’s up. Amazing. And our table got four small pizzas so we shared and I still had half of this left so lunch or dinner tomorrow is taken care of!

I took a long soak tonight and am going to ice my body up. Lincoln knows I’m in pain and is being a sweet baby just resting on my lap (on the side without the bruises thankfully)

15 Responses to “Hurts So Good”

  1. April May 31, 2010 at 8:00 am #

    That place is GORGEOUS! It was worth the pain I expect 🙂

    Lincoln is so sweet!

    • simplyshaka May 31, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

      Haha, anytime I wimper today (such as sitting down), I keep telling myself that 🙂

  2. Kelly Olexa May 31, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    OMG that view!! Amazing!!!

  3. Kelly May 31, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    Sorry about the injuries but it does look worth it!

  4. genesis May 31, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    i love hikes…and i hear ya on that bridge! sorry bout your booboo..

    • simplyshaka May 31, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

      it was so scary and they had a sign saying 40 people max on it at a time however no one was regulating so that freaked me out even more!

  5. eatmovelove May 31, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    Great Blog! I love it! and “The Dog”!

    Lovin’ that pizza 🙂

  6. Amy @ Second City Randomness May 31, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    I love hiking! I need to find a few more trails in my area… the views are always gorgeous!

    I do not love, however, the bloodshed that typically happens during a hike. Looks like you had a rough one!

  7. dianacheung May 31, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    they have a mellow mushroom in austin…now I wanna go to it! BTW I wouldn’t have survived that hike! and also..I might go to charlotte in august! I’ll let you know “what’s up”

    • simplyshaka May 31, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

      So whaaaaaaat??? Definitely keep me in the loop! And you must try the Mellow, it’s fabulous and they play good music, have outdoort patios and all psychedelic decorations.

  8. Can You Stay for Dinner May 31, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    Looks like the best day! I love that you had such an adventure and got to view such an amazing landscape! SO sorry about the spill though- that looks painful! I bet a good soak in the tub helps.

    And also- Mellow Mushroom seems so great- I’ve seen it on other blogs and wanted to try it! YUM.

    Lastly, ask Lincoln if he’ll marry me. Seriously.

    • simplyshaka May 31, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

      Yes, I bought three bottles of bubble bath today so I am set for awhile!

      Lincoln said yes however he does demand belly rubs and having his ears massaged 🙂

  9. Jenna June 8, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    So jealous of mellow mushroom-there isn’t any around me!


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