Mount Sugar Loaf (650 meters in height) at Sainte-Lucie-de-Beauregard, QC
What a great way to start the year with a challenge! Mike & I took a few days off to our favorite getaway! We wanted to climb this mountain with a spectacular view last year but it didn’t happen so we decided to do it as we finish the year 2014 & welcome the new year 2015. Leaving with a small kit on our backs, and each a pair of walking poles we didn’t bother putting on our snowshoes, we started our little adventure early that morning.
This mountain was tough & rough especially for the winter time. We didn’t have enough snow this year so far so we said this would be an easy one right? It started perfectly, actually it was sunny and the surrounding was beautiful as we head into the thick forest. Then we saw a road…. which we crossed and led us to another trail to continue our journey.
We got excited as the trail slowly ascended and we were so sure that it was the mountain (Mount Sugar Loaf). We were excited, adrenaline was still pretty good, lots of energy! The sun was perfectly shining through the trees… good for filming. A perfect scenery!
But it didn’t take long when we realized that we were already descending. It cannot be!
What! Where was the view?
We understood later that it was not the mountain we were looking for so we continued trekking. It was clear & obvious that nobody had been there yet because the fresh snow from the storm the night before was undisturbed.
So we kept on descending. So after a few hours more in the maple forest I started to find it long. We were getting tired, exhausted, & hungry, super cold….. and this mountain seemed to move everytime we got closer. As Mike would say, “One step is equivalent to three.”
Mike was so encouraging & supporting even though he saw that I was struggling :(. But I just wanted to share with you some things you probably already know. I could have decided to end it, just turn back and head home. Here are some thoughts that came to mind….
“Look, can’t you see? Nobody has been here yet due to the snow storm last night. How long will you endure? You’re tired, thirsty, cold & your body is aching for rest. Besides, you can always come back and do it some other time, what about in the summer?“
What if something bad happens, like an accident falling down. Now you’re in trouble, no signal for your phone here. Rescue mission would be hard because it’s the 1st of January, they are all off! Someone has to hike back & get help.“
With all these thoughts in mind, there was one particular that stood among the rest.
“Anybody can quit & turn around because it was hard but very few will persevere and push through to get to the top… the choice is yours Josie.“That is why it’s called a challenge. Challenges always make you swim against the current. So it will be hard.
I’m glad I made the right choice. I told Mike after. I thought it was worth sharing this with you all.
Sometimes there are things that we go through life that is rough & tough but I would like to encourage you never to give up. Stay on the trail and make it to the top. Don’t quit! And I’m not just speaking about trails in the forest but of life.
So, we made it to the top! It was windy! We stayed for couple of minutes and we headed back down. I thought we were the only crazy ones on the trail but as we descended slowly we met more hikers, one in particular was a young lady and she said that she was glad that there was a trail & someone went before them. 🙂
It was a great feeling to encourage every hiker that we met on the trail telling them that they too can do it, that they were not very far from the goal and that they could make it to the top as well.
This is not to put yoursef in danger in anyway. Be wise and use discernment. Make sure people know where you are & take all necessary precaution as you hike.
Thanks for your time. We always appreciate your friendship & support.
“The Lord is my strength & my refuge.”
Happy Trail & God Bless!