Last Sunday I went on my first proper hike of 2020, once more hitting the gravel paths of Mount Fløyen. I’ve truly fallen in love with hiking over the past year and found that it is one of the most rejuvenating things I do. I come home feeling refreshed and tried, but that good tired that means your body got a workout, even if that wasn’t the main goal, but your brain went to a nice spa and relaxed all day.
I live in a city surrounded by mountains and nature that offers hundreds of great walks or hikes in beautiful nature just moments from the populated areas, but there is just something special about Mount Fløyen. It’s quickly become one of my favorite hiking locations. This hike was 8,7 kilometers, roughly 5,4 miles, and took me along what I now consider the usual path. Up the funicular to Mount Fløyen, from there round Skomakerdiket (small lake/big pond), and up to Brushytten. Which is a small cabin where you can get something to eat or drink if you want, and more importantly, where they have public restrooms. From there we always go up to the Blåmanen peak, which takes you off the gravel paths and onto an actual trail, and the view from the top is absolutely amazing. You can go down the same way you came up, or continue over to Rundemanen, where you are back on gravel and asphalt for a time, making your way back down to Bryshytten, and then back to the funicular station on Mount Fløyen.
It’s January, so it was pretty cold, even though we don’t actually have a proper winter here. It’s mostly been rain and cold wind for weeks. But as we made our way up to Blåmanen, it started to snow a little, changing the landscape around us as we walked. Moya eventually had to get a thick sweater on, which she accepted but probably wasn’t too happy about. She’s not a clothes kind of chihuahua but will wear some things if they serve a purpose (meaning, keeps her warm, the thin raincoat I also have for her is pure evil and must die though).
Due to the cold, we didn’t sit down to eat, and so the trip only took about three and a half hours this time around. At least thirty minutes of which was spent either in line for the restroom, or taking pictures. We always take pictures, mainly of the dogs, hoping one day we’ll get that absolutely perfect shot. One of these days I’ll bring my new Canon camera along, and see if I can’t get some better shots with that than with my phone. Not gonna bother on a cold and gray day though, for that my cell phone is more than adequate.
Arriving home, I was too tired to do much of anything. I started the year with the flu, so this hike was the most active I’ve been in probably three weeks. On Monday though, something happened. On my drive home from work, in between silently and not so silently cursing the heavy traffic and inexplicable road works that take forever to finish, my brain decided it wanted to be creative.
I know, took me by surprise too. I’ve been trying to figure out how best to sort my editing notes for Remnants fo week. My brain it seems has been working on the plot problems (read: revolution) of TAO the Second (or TAO: The Sequel, TAO: tRR) though. Cause all of a sudden, ideas started flowing, and somehow it looks like it all might just work out in the end after all. The revolution is still on because my brain is dead set on that, but the rest of the story now actually works with it, which took me by surprise.
I’ve yet to actually write down the new ideas, but they are still in my head, and that’s the important part. Because now that they are there, they aren’t going anywhere, and that is an amazing feeling. This is why I love hiking so much. Sure it’s good for me, and doing it more often will help me lose the weight I’d love to lose (though I’ll also have to work on my eating habits), but that isn’t the main reason why I do it. I do it for myself, and for Moya. She loves hiking, and a lot of people seem surprised when she claws her way up the steep rocky paths, tail wagging and playing Huskey. Me, I love the way I feel afterward when I come home. Body tired, brain ready to get to work. I might not notice that it’s working until a day or so later, but it’s still doing the job. Working on my creative problems, and coming up with amazing solutions.
I think everyone has a way of awakening their motivation. Some people may claim they found the one true way that works for everyone, but I think we’re all different. What works for me may work for you, and it may not. What works for others, doesn’t necessarily work for me. More importantly, there isn’t just one way to do it, for any of us. I have found several different methods that will kickstart my brain, but one of the best is just to leave the laptop behind, grab the dog, and go hiking.