December 4, 2023

At first of the 12 months, I added a brand new bullet level to my bucket checklist: journey extra. Other than the worldwide locations already on my wishlist, I particularly need to go to each single American state. You might be considering, “Woman what for?” However I’ve been reflecting quite a bit on my childhood, and one reminiscence I maintain coming again to is one my mother and father challenged me to, memorize as many states, capitals, and cities as I may after I was round 6. The little woman in me remains to be craving to see as many locations this nation has to supply by 2025. 

To start this journey, I began at Lake Tahoe (which is between California and Nevada), checking into Teva for 2 days of outside actions. I’m the kind of woman who often loves a very good resort and being laid up by the pool, however I promised to problem myself that I’d strive new adventures. Teva made certain I used to be all set: climbing, kayaking, and a tour of the lake have been all on the agenda. The drive to the Wylder Hotel’s cabins was stuffed with stunning surroundings of the mountains, one facet stuffed with snow and the opposite utterly clear. As we ascended the mountains, it began to hail, the temperatures steadily dropped, and my mobile service disappeared. I used to be fearful at first, however then I basked within the actuality that I might have the ability to really unplug. 

As I settled into my cabin, I used to be excited to search out that Teva supplied me with some footwear since I didn’t actually pack accordingly for the climate. All through the week I examined out the Geotrecca Low shoes and Hurricane XLT2 sandals. On the primary day of actions, I slid on the Geotrecca low sneakers for the hike up the Genoa Path. The second I put them on, I felt prompt consolation, and I knew that I wouldn’t have to fret about my toes hurting throughout the hike. We walked throughout a number of slim paths whereas going up the mountain, which triggered my concern of heights. Fortunately, we had Beyoncé’s first Renaissance tour present to observe by way of TikTok to maintain us distracted on our means up. Reaching our vacation spot was actually motivating and impressed me to do nature walks — or, as I wish to name them, “sizzling woman walks” — extra routinely. 

Later that night, we loved a wine-tasting boat cruise, the place we discovered many historic info about Lake Tahoe. Do you know that the lake is about 1,600 toes deep and would cowl the Empire State Constructing, which is 1,454 toes tall? After all, I needed to take compulsory photographs of myself as a result of the background was truthfully breathtaking. 

On day two, I wore my Hurricane XLT2 sandals (with socks), which immediately grew to become a summer season shoe staple in my closet as a result of I’ve but to cease sporting them. They’re simple to placed on, and the velcro adjustable straps are an enormous win for after I’m on the go. They have been good as we volunteered with Keep Tahoe Blue, the place we discovered in regards to the significance of retaining the lake as clear as attainable. We placed on our gloves and spent round two hours choosing up trash and plastic. Since we’d arrived a few week after a number of snowfall, there have been items of trash beforehand lined by the snow that we have been capable of decide up. Maintain Tahoe Blue prides itself on combating air pollution on the lake as a result of it is a vital supply for the individuals who dwell round there. 

The final exercise of the journey was a spotlight for me: kayaking on the river in clear kayaks. Admittedly, I used to be extraordinarily nervous as a result of I’m not the strongest swimmer, and the lake is fairly enormous. I talked a lot mess about solely happening the kayak for a photograph opp and returning again to the primary boat. Nonetheless, as soon as I used to be on it, I had the perfect time and didn’t need to go away. My muscle reminiscence of studying easy methods to kayak in summer season camp immediately kicked in, and I even was doing laps. I used to be actually pleased with myself for pushing by way of. 

Total, this journey was enriching in a means I wasn’t anticipating. It set the bar excessive as I set out for my journey of exploring many extra states. I used to be capable of step out of my consolation zone all through the journey and create new relationships with these round me. I look ahead to being extra intentional in terms of making an attempt new issues with every place I go to.

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