Hiked the Skyline Trail up to the bottom of The Cut today. I didn’t realize it would feel like a worse version of the #grousegrind with no stairs and all the vertical straight up the mountain. :: Full disclosure: Until we reached the top it was torture.(For me anyway and probably Brooklyn, Jamie seemed fine) I had sciatic pain in my leg which was hard to push through and there were bugs flying into our eyes for extra fun. It was also mostly loose rocks and dirt so there was the added element of slipping and sliding at times, especially on the way down. It’s a funny thing though when you finish something kind of difficult. Since you’re not struggling anymore you can appreciate what you’ve done and although you remember that you did struggle you don’t quite remember the feeling so much as you’ve replaced it with a feeling of completion. I still think I’d rather do the Grouse Grind but then of course you can’t bring your dogs.
“Joy must be sharply distinguished both from Happiness and Pleasure. Joy has indeed one characteristic, and one only, in common with them; the fact that anyone who has experienced it will want it again … I doubt whether anyone who has tasted it would ever, if both were in his power, exchange it for all the pleasures in the world. But then Joy is never in our power and Pleasure often is.” - CS Lewis