Seeking New Heights…Literally

Seeking New Heights…Literally

(This post is sponsored by Oxytrol and BlogHer)



I love to travel.  I want to go everywhere and I pretty much can because, as a single woman with no kids, my time and my money are my own and I get to spend both however I want.  So traveling is what I do.


But I’m a low-key kind of traveler. I love to spend my vacations sleeping in until mid-morning, then walking the streets of whatever country I’m in, drinking in a café (or equivalent), enjoying whatever the locals drink, eating what they eat, and shopping for something representative of their culture. 


So imagine my surprise when I signed up to join a bunch of coworkers on a trip to Morocco to hike the High Atlas Unknownmountains. I’ve never said to myself “Gee, someday I’d like to be on top of a mountain”…and, yet, in September that’s exactly where I’ll be!


Nobody who knows me is surprised that I’m going to Morocco.  Everybody who knows me is surprised that I’ll be trekking through mountains.  That typically is not my kind of thing.


And I am super-excited.  I don’t consciously know what made me jump at this opportunity but I am a big believer that we…well, I…must continue to stretch, grow, try new things, do something that scares me a little bit.  And this is it. 


I’m in good enough shape to walk around anywhere, but being fit enough to trek for 6-8 hours a day every day for a week at a high altitude is a different kind of thing.  So I’ve started training.  I hate training. It’s not interesting or fun, but it’s what I need to do to make sure I can enjoy this trip in all its glory (and that the rest of the team doesn’t vote to leave me on the side of a mountain because I can’t keep up).


I never want to be in a rut and I’m always looking for a new way to celebrate my life and challenge myself.  This time when I’m eating and drinking among the locals, it’ll be in mountain village with the Berbers who live there.  And I can’t wait!

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3 Responses to Seeking New Heights…Literally

  1. kk says:

    I studied in Morocco. I think it’s one of the best places to stretch yourself. Have fun!

  2. Krista says:

    That is awesome! I just signed up for a glacier hike in Canada in November. Being single and and able to afford vacations, I figure why not do it? You are awesome! I can’t wait to hear about your hike!

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