I climbed to the top of a mountain today. That is something I can honestly say I have never done before. I ate a big breakfast to help me get ready for the climb. I needed all the help I could get since I normally am not this athletic. I thought that walking all day every day for over a week would prepare me a little more for the hike. I wore my Toms because I had no other appropriate hiking shoes. My shoes did not have much traction on them so it was very easy for me to slide down the way that I had just come. It was frustrating and extremely tiring. I did take breaks every once in a while to take pictures. I have been having a lot of difficulty getting my pictures off my camera but I will hopefully be able to figure out that issue soon. I definitely need to show proof that I made it to the top.
The mountain path was very steep and muddy in some areas. I made it up to this cave that was on the side of the mountain. Some of my group was able to scale the almost straight up and down rock wall so that they could sit in the cave for pictures. I took that as an opportunity to rest and take pictures of the ones that were brave enough to make it up that high. I could not believe how beautiful the view was from the top of the mountain. Although it was very cloudy and foggy I could still see so much. On a clear day you can actually see Scotland from the top. I could not see that far but I do have some amazing pictures of the entire town and the Belfast Lough. I am not sure how much I enjoyed the hike up the mountain but making it to the top, which I never thought I could do, was absolutely worth it. I was proud of myself. This entire trip was about me putting myself in new situations that I normally would never put myself in. I am beginning to take more risks.