This was today’s birthday lunch spot. I’ve been in a happier place the past few months, so I’m trying to integrate the things that I love back into my life. My Portland depression stole a lot from me, and I’m taking it all back. I have the motivation to do these things again, but I catch myself doubting my ability. I had gained a lot of weight back and I’m not nearly in as good of shape as I was two years ago. I almost talked myself out of doing this hike today because I was afraid of disappointing myself... what the hell was I thinking?! It was obviously a bit more work than it normally would have been for me, but I made it. I’ve accomplished many things much bigger than this 1,640 foot elevation gain hike. I’ve ran 10 miles (16 km) before. I’ve hiked 16 miles (25.7 km) in one day before. I used to drip sweat beating the living hell out of a punching bag every day. My body may look different, but underneath it’s still just as strong and capable as it used to be. Today’s hike helped me to remember that. 27 will be my year of reclamation.