We set a goal to do a rigorous, 7 mile hike at over 5,000 feet, before we left Arizona, and we did it! You might think that’s not far, but for us “oldsters” 66 yrs. and 74 yrs., this hike was a challenge. But more than a physical challenge, it was an inspirational challenge as well.
Setting a Goal
There was a period of time when we didn’t think we would make it. Have you ever set a goal then life got in the way?
We started hiking in November to train, but Christmas came and we traveled back to Austin for two weeks and the weather, location and busy schedule didn’t give us a chance to hike.Then I had three business trips that kept me on the go and not out hiking as much as I wanted to in January and February. Finally in February we re-committed to get this done before we left Arizona on March 26th.
There were two big “whys” for this hike.The first “why” was to challenge ourselves to take our fitness up a notch and this hike was the longest we had done in over ten years. The second “why” was to honor all firefighters, law enforcement and EMS.
The Tragedy of 2014
The Granite Mountain Hot Shot trail was established because of a tragedy that happened in July of 2014. Nineteen Hot Shot firefighters lost their lives in a freak fire storm in the Weaver Mountains outside of Prescott Arizona. Hot Shot’s are like the military Special Forces, a highly trained, exclusive group of firefighters dropped into a fire zone to set up a line to stop the fire. On that July day a weather pattern developed that caused a shift in the winds and gusts up to 60 mph. The Hot Shots were trying to make it to a safe zone but were overtaken by what was called a “fire storm”, fire so hot and blown by the high winds that it creates it’s own storm.
Along the trail into the memorial site they have plaques for each firefighter telling you a little about each one. The saddest thing was the majority of them were in their twenties and had young families. What we saw as a theme with each one we read were the common values. Many of them had served in the military, had a strong faith as Christians, and had accomplished much in their young lives. (If you would like to watch the movie about this it’s called “Only The Brave”.)
The town of Yarnell is in the distance. They were trying to save it when they had to deploy their fire shelters. The ring of rocks at the bottom of the canyon is where they lost their lives.
My daughter in Texas was a Paramedic and now is a law enforcement officer, her husband served twenty years in the military and had a career in law enforcement as well, and my husband served as a Marine. We have such a heart for these men, women and their families that we did this hike to honor ALL who serve us in these arenas.
Do you have a goal you would like to accomplish? Have you gotten off track with life getting in the way? We found that we had to go back to our “why” to recommit. We agreed that if we didn’t’ do this hike we would be letting not only ourselves down, but our hearts desire to honor these heroes. I want to encourage you to RECOMMIT, make a plan and set a date to complete your goal, then go DO IT! You will feel SO good about yourself and your accomplishment.
Cheering you on,
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