We had a great time at the Gorge! We hiked about three miles total, but the terrain was a lot rougher than anything I’ve done in the past. The first trail that we took was a two mile loop that took us down to a wonderful waterfall and lots of sandstone arches and bridges. It was such an amazing hike, but I’m really glad we started with that one because I would have never been able to end on that note. After we finished that trail we headed over to Chimney Top where Cliff and I had gone back in 2010. It has a phenomenal view of the Gorge. The terrain was quite a bit lighter than the first trail, but it still had its own fair share of hills. All in all I would say we got a pretty good workout in. According to MFP, I burned about 1400 calories total. It was definitely a big change from the elliptical. However, I had thought that it would be much easier than it was. Cliff and I have been working out at least three times a week for three months. I had thought that by now I would be in much better shape. I had to stop several times on the first trail and felt like I was going to die once we were finished. I recuperated pretty quickly, but still needed to take about a two hour break before we were able to do the next trail. I know that it’s silly to expect to just be in fantastic shape overnight, but I certainly expected to be in better shape than that.
I guess it’s time to pick up my pace at the gym.
We ended the day with a drive through the whole park and took Sarah and Cliff through the Nada tunnel (they had never seen it). Once we had reached the end of the park we stopped for pizza at Miguel’s Pizza and Rock Climbing.
All I can say is that someone at that pizza place is making a fortune. We waited in line for almost half an hour and then waited another half hour before they were ready. I stuck with veggies and chicken on mine, but I honestly wasn’t impressed. I had budgeted for four slices, which sounds like a ton, but after all the hiking and the rest of my calories for the day, it still left me with over 1,000 calories for the day. I only ate two slices and threw the rest away. Instead I indulged in a dark chocolate granola bar and a PowerAde.
After dinner the four of us hung out at the hotel and played Cards Against Humanity until I could barely hold my eyes open…
Which was 10PM.
I’m such a thrill seeker!
We stayed at the same hotel that Cliff and I stayed in last time, but unfortunately they’ve replaced the beds and they aren’t nearly as comfortable as they used to be. However, I still slept like a baby and wide awake at 7AM and packing up the car. We stopped at a little diner near the hotel and had breakfast, but again I wasn’t impressed. I ordered a 2 egg ham and cheese omelet and wheat toast. I only ate about half of it, which is great since we didn’t work out today, so I’m kind of glad it sucked. Then it was time to hit the road and come back to civilization.
As much as I love living in the city, it was definitely nice to get away and be completely unplugged for 24 hours. Oh! Did I forget to mention that? Yep, no cell phone service and no internet.
I have no idea how we survived.
I think the next time I get the hiking bug I’m going to see about going to Gatlinburg for a few days. I’ve only ever done stupid touristy stuff when I’ve gone down there and I would like to get out and actually see the park this time. One day I would love to make my way out west to Pike’s Peak. My mom says it’s the most beautiful thing she’s ever seen. Maybe well have to take a Mother’s Day trip out there once I lose all my weight. >.~
After getting home it was time to spend the rest of the day doing responsible stuffs. I finished all my User Support homework and went to the grocery while Cliff cleaned the house and cooked dinner. Now it’s time to spend the rest of my evening playing video games guilt free!