|Tom on the High Divide (Chris' picture)|
I keep getting into a mindset that forgets how much I suffer when I push myself to my physical limits. One part of me looks at the "relaxed" group, which consistently goes on less challenging hikes, thinking that it's really time for me to consider going with them more often. This coming Thursday puts me in a quandary: go on the longer, harder hike up Oyster Dome, or take the easy hike on Whidbey Island that they have scheduled.
Frankly, it's hard for me to leave behind my long-time pals and go with new friends. I'm such a creature of habit. Although I don't have to make up my mind right now, I'm thinking about it. It's a background concern, but I have one more day to ponder the question.