Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Starting Again...

Hello All

I am back and hopefully will be a consistent blogger so friends and family will know what I am up toJ

It will be too much to go into my whole last year. The “Reader’s digest” version is that this past year I have followed paths I knew were right and then worked to understand the outcomes. I have realized necessary it is to be really honest with myself so that I do not waste time getting where I need to go and so that I can be more honest with my words and actions and in my relationships. I have understood better why the gospel is so amazing, because it has let me, when I have had faith and been brave enough to act, that it saves so much time. The gospel helps me save time because it teaches me that love is the most important thing and that if I do not let me pride get in the way I can “cut the fat” from my life which stops me from having fulfilling relationships, stops me from seeing reality in situations, prolongs the time it would take to make it through things I need to learn. I am excited to learn more about myself and love people in my life better.

I am truly at a good place in my life. I have a great family who loves and supports me, friends who teach me and laugh with me, and a desire and hope for the future. It sounds very cliché however I really do have so much confidence in the future. I am excited to see what happens next in my life and appreciative to be able to make great things happen in my life by hard work and guidance from Heavenly Father.

This year in 2012 I am looking forward to settling down, getting a job, and doing a lot of things I have put off while in school. I want to take a paining class, join a club team in the community (crew, soccer, or volleyball), I want to start playing the guitar again, and take Flamenco Dance lessons. There are other things but these are the ones I have put off trying to make it through school amidst my occasional adventuresJ

I will better about updating my blog now so you guys will have to hassle me if I get off trackJ

Love
Bridgette

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My Experiences On The Florida Trail - Update!


1/2/2011

What can I say about today...Holy Cow!!! I have hiked mountains and lots of trails but the first day of the Florida Trails is a BEAST. Imagine hiking 8 miles in knee deep water over sharp limestone, through clay mud that sucks at your feet...and a beating sun for 7 hours and you would have a good idea about the trail today!!

It sounds bad...and it was but you have to take the good with the bad. I saw beautiful plains with saw grass and cypress tress. I felt cool water on my feet and saw foliage which I had never seen before. I felt the accomplishment of finishing a hard days hike and the sweetness of my sleeping back as I lay in it now.

We are hiking with some amazing people so far and I am sure in the future they will make a difference in my experience on the trail.

A hiker named Max joined us. He was very humble about his journey hiking, he echoed my sore legs and made it so funny.

I will try to write more things on that matter but I am beat and ready for bed :)

Love, Bridge

1/3/2011

Well today was another great day. We started from the Oasis Visitor Center where we ended yesterday. It has been a much dryer day today than it was yesterday. We were anticipating water and mud like yesterday but had all dry trails.It was like I expected the Florida Trail to look like.

It was a great day with great people. Natalie is doing great. She is so positive. She works hard and pushes through things. I am thankful to have her with me.

We got to 10 Mile Camp today at 2pm because It was so dry and had a great time talking and laughing. There are a bunch of older guys who have hiked a lot.

We were joined by Zipp Off, Bushwaker, Sparkey, and Needles.

You know I love how interesting all the hikers are. all come out for different reasons and stay for different reasons as well.

I am thankful for all the people I have met on the trail so far. It has only been 2 days and it's already changing me.

Yours Always,Bridge

1/5/2011

The past two days have been something else. It has been a heck of a lot of water. It has been hour after hour of mud and knee deep water. It was like walking on the sand that i right on the water shore while you feet are getting sucked in and fighting for the mud to release you but :) it was the hardest hiking I have ever done and it was also the hardest any8 of the other hikers have done and they have also hiked long distances. It was funny. After mile 8 yesterday on route and mile after mile of water and mud Natalie and I and the rest of the hikers were taking one step at a time. I was trying to be positive the whole way because Natalie was having a hard time trying to get to camp but it was hard. There was little better than seeing the Old Oak Camp Ground. It was a great revisit to the lesson I learned on the Appellation Trail which was that no matter how hard a hike is that it will not last forever. "This to shall pass" echoed through my ears and helped me make it. I am so thankful for this experience It is a good thing to see what you are really made of. I felt each time I pushed past "my wall" that my character grew. What I knew I could do grew everyday.

Now we finished where the trail crests, the I74 rest stop. It was a welcomed site. It was little more than wonderful to get a cold Diet Dr. Pepper and some combos...It was as tasty as a $100 meal.

As our friends showed up from the trail we cheered them in. A hiker "Max" - Phil is ex-military and he has been trudging through having a bit of a problem but he made it. It inspires me when I see people who are not just sore but really struggling to be thankful I can move forward.

It is a magical thing to be out here, challenging yourself, meeting people who are doing the same and just figuring things out. My mind is more clear because life is so simplified. I am getting answers to a ot of questions I had been pondering on.

Thank you for the prayers and love.

Love, Bridgette.