Today I conquered a MOUNTAIN! Little Miss Commenter who shall remain nameless (unless you read these comments) told me that Runyon Canyon was a great place to “walk” while here in California. I asked my Hollywood Aunt if she would take me, she couldn’t go, but 2 of her friends agreed to take me. I had NO idea what to expect. We got out of the car which was about six blocks from the gated entrance to the Canyon. It was the longest six blocks of my life. It was a constant steep incline; it felt like someone was pulling me backwards as I walked. We don’t have hills like that in St. Louis…. By the time I got to the entrance, I was sweating and winded just from climbing 6 blocks! I had to sit down on a rock, I couldn’t believe it. I jokingly told my Aunt’s friend I felt skinny already. Then it was time for the real challenge, climbing Runyon Canyon. It was hard y’all. It was literally like climbing a jagged paved road on a mountain. Then I thought somebody bumped into me. It was actually a big dog not on a leash. I thought, oh the fur baby accidently got away from his Mommy. Then I realized that most of the dogs weren’t on leashes. There were tons of dogs without leashes running up and down the path and the outskirts of the canyon. That was so strange to me. They looked so free… I guess we have leash laws or something in Missouri. ….
Anyway, at one point the climb got so hard I almost turned around…No, actually I did turn around to go back and thought what a sucky blog post that would be to tell the story of how I started but didn’t finish. The hill got steeper and the air got thinner the higher up I climbed. One guy saw me struggling to breathe and reminded me to breathe in through my nose. That helped a lot. Later another guy smiled and said you’re almost there! Then I saw my Aunt’s friends waving at me from the top, they were only about 10 minutes in front of me. I can do that. I can finish. I was so happy to finally make it to the top. It was so beautiful! It made home look really…flat. You could see the whole city from one side and the Hollywood Sign and the houses in the Hill on the other side. I felt like a champion or a cool Gladiator… Going back down was breeze; all I had to do was balance a little to keep from rolling down the path. We finished a total of 3.6 miles. What a day! Thanks Little Miss Commenter for recommending such an amazing experience.