August 12

Climbing Mount Timpanogos

I set a goal for myself several years ago to climb to Mount Timpanogos, but found every excuse not to.  I was tired of my excuses, so I decided to declare what I wanted by writing it out in detail just like I teach in my "What is an Intention" article and to start visualizing myself reaching my goal to the point where I felt that I had already experienced it and believed that it would all become reality at some point in my life.  Below is what I wrote down for what I envisioned my goal to be like and below that is what actually happened with pictures.

"I made it!  Climbing Mt. Timpanogos with my husband Paul has been a goal of mine ever since he told me, “Climbing to the top of Mt. Timpanogos was a beautiful and an amazing experience.  There was just one thing missing….You!”

To experience this amazingness and beauty with him was a very emotional event for me.  He climbs mountains a lot, so to finally say that I too climbed feels outstanding.  What an accomplishment!

I was pleased that my body and my level of healthiness did not stop me.  My strength and determination carried me and pushed me forward.  I was a woman on a mission and nothing was going to prevent me from victory.

On our way up, we saw mountain goats and flowers scattered all over the hillsides. There was a soft breeze that filled our senses with fresh nature air.  It was a clear and comfortably warm day.  Our thirst was quenched with the refreshing cold water from the stream.

My most favorite part was the connections:

  • Paul and I talked the whole time.  We talked about our life; where we started, what we have experienced along the way and where are dreams are going to take us.
  • Our fellow hikers were so friendly.  Everyone smiled, said “Hello” and warned each other of obstructions on the path.
  • The higher I climbed, the closer I felt to God.  I could sense His love for me and I knew He was with me, cheering me on.

As I came around the final bend and looked out on the valley down below, I was stunned by its magnificence.  Tears of joy and gratitude filled my eyes and ran down my cheeks as I thanked my Heavenly Father for helping me at every turn to reach my goal.

The hike down was just as enjoyable as the hike up.  My adrenaline was on hyper drive because I reached my objective.  I felt like I could do anything and was ready to conquer my next goal."

What I actually experienced...

My husband told me that he had taken Monday off and wanted to take me hiking.  He said, "We are going to climb Mount Timpanogos.  We will start very early in the morning and go at your pace and take as many breaks as needed.  I am determined to help you achieve your goal.  What do you think?"  I was shocked to say the least.  My first thought was, "Are you crazy!?  I'm not ready.  I am not physically fit to climb yet."  But then as I thought about it more I said, "Okay, let's do it!" 

We started at the bottom of the trail at 9am on August 11, 2014.  I felt very small as I looked up, but I felt good and I was excited to finally begin.  At each step I took, the scenery got prettier and prettier.  We saw an array of beautiful flowers and could smell their aroma as the cool breeze blew. My legs began to complain after several zigs and zags of the trail.  I decided to make small goals along the way. 

I told myself that I would walk until the waterfall Paul had told me about and then take a break.  I kept thinking about the waterfall and how beautiful it will be when I get there and it helped me not think about how tired I already was.  I was almost there and I guess I got a little too excited and didn't watch where I was stepping and I scratched my leg pretty bad on a broken limb of a bush.  Good thing I was close to some water where I could wash it off.  My very prepared husband took out his first aid kit and within minutes I was cleaned, disinfected and bandaged up.  The waterfall was absolutely stunning.

After a nice rest, I felt energized and ready to go again.  My next small goal was to get to Emerald Lake.  It was fun hiking, resting and greeting fellow hikers.  There were those that have climbed Timpanogos many times and some were hiking for their first time like me.  They each were encouraging and helped motivate me further.  The higher I climbed the prettier the scenery got.  I felt very accomplished very time I looked back at how far I had already gone.

There were several times that my body was ready to give up, but I was determined to finish what I started.  I got out my Wild Orange essential oil for energy, inhaled and kept going.  Paul and I talked non-stop about our life, kids, and our plans/goals.  Talking was distracting me from thinking about the pain in my legs.  Also, I was worried about our water supply. We were almost out and we still had a ways to go.  I thought we could re-fill at Emerald Lake, but Paul said the water was not good to drink and we did not have a filter.  We did eventually make it to Emerald Lake though.  I sat down by the lake, removed my shoes and let my feet soak in the cool water.  As we sat there and looked around, we saw a group of people and realized they had a water filter and were filling up their water bottles.  Paul went over and asked them if we could get our water bottles filled, which they willingly allowed.

After a long rest and our tummies filled, I still did not feel like I could go on.  I finally told my husband, "We are so close, you might as well continue on and I'll wait here for you."  He was reluctant, but eventually agreed to go on without me. 

I sat for a good 10 minutes feeling very defeated and upset with myself.  I looked out at how far I had gone and decided to have a good talkin' with myself.  I said in my head, "Telsie, you did not come this far to quit! Get off your butt and keep going!  Just take it one step at a time.  You will be grateful you did, so GO NOW!"

I said a quick prayer asking God to help me, texted my husband to tell him that I was on my way, got up and started again.  I was not very fast, but I kept cheering myself on at every step.  I got to a point where I was not very sure which way to go, so I decided to take the one that looked more like an actual trail.  I walked a few minutes more, came around a corner and was stopped in my tracks because of the view.  I was SO grateful that I pushed myself to keep going.  I would have missed this beauty if I didn't.

A HUGE miracle came awhile later.  You first need to know, I am DEATHLY afraid of bees.  Its really bad.  I came up to a field of flowers that had a LOT of bees flying around.  I wanted to turn around, but remembered my commitment level.  Instead, I got down on my knees and asked God to send angels to help me pass.  I waited as I gathered my courage and then started to walk. I KNEW God heard my prayer because it was like the bees were repelled by me because they were flying away from me.  None of them bothered me, not one little bit.

 A while later, I was hurting really bad, so I sat down to rest and a lovely, elderly man walked by and stopped and chatted with me, gave me some of his water and encouraged me to keep going.  I again picked myself up and continued.  I only went a couple of steps and then had to stop again because of the pain.  I laid down on the path, stared straight up into the clear blue sky and cried.  I again prayed, "God, I am doing this!  I will finish today, but I need Thy help.  Could Thou please either take this pain away or lessen it?  Also, send as many angels as thou can to help as well.  I thank thee."  Within seconds I could feel the pain decrease.  I waited a little longer before I got up.  When I did, I was so grateful!  The pain had subsided significantly and I was able to move forward with more speed.  I was on a roll 🙂  I began the incline out of the valley.  The last stretch before I made it to what is called "The Saddle".  It was a lot of back and forth, but I knew I was going to make it.  Oh, wait!  What is that in my path? 

It was a momma mountain goat and her babies.  When I got closer, she turned and gave me a look like she was going to push me off the mountain.  I looked to the left of me - straight up mountain.  I looked to the right - cliff.  I began to have a conversation with the goat.  I said, "Look, I am not here to hurt you or your babies.  If you could just move and let me pass then you can come right back to your delicious thistles.  Please!?" She did not budge at all.  I called my husband and he did not answer.

I again prayed and said, "God, could Thou please convince this goat to move please?"  The protective momma looked at me one more time and then proceeded to leave with her babies.  I thanked God and then quickly moved forward.  I only went around about 3 more switchbacks and then... 

Another one!  This time it was a much larger daddy mountain goat.  I immediately thought, "You have got to be kidding me!!"  I instantly prayed, "God, could Thou work Thy magic with this goat too, please?  I feel that I am being tested here and I will not let the adversary win this war.  I will complete this hike."  I stayed there for what seemed like forever, but the goat did eventually leave.  "I thank Thee God for Thy constant support and love."

My husband got ahold of me at this point and I excitedly told him that I was almost to The Saddle.  He said that he was at The Saddle waiting for me.  That gave me a boost of energy, which got me to move even faster.  I cannot express how amazing I felt when I reached The Saddle.  When I stepped around the corner, I was greeted with cheering and applauding by a group of college students and Paul.  He had told them that it was my first time and that he was very proud of me.  I instantly fell to my knees and wept.  I was filled with gratitude to God for His help all along the way and an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment.  As I arose, everyone congratulated me and smiled or gave me thumbs up.  I asked one of the students to take Paul and my picture.  She was so cute.  She said, "Yes, I am studying photography, so I will pose you". 

While I was telling Paul all about my excitements along the way, we saw lightening and heard thunder.  The clouds were moving fast and getting closer to us by the second.  Paul said, "We do not want to be up here when that gets here.  I'm sorry, but we better start heading down right now."  I did not feel good about trying to make it to the very top.  I would rather be safe than sorry, so we began our journey down.

What an adventure!  Yes, I did not get all the way to the tip top, but I was able to see the Utah Valley from Mount Timpanogos, so I call it a very big success.  I did, however, experience everything else that I had envisioned and had written down.

  • I made amazing memories with my husband
  • Was surrounded by beauty
  • Saw Mountain Goats up close and personal 😉
  • Tasted the refreshing water from the lake
  • Had lovely interactions with fellow hikers
  • Pushed myself when I wanted to quit and
  • Accomplished a long time goal and became closer to my Heavenly Father in the process. 

I could not have asked for a better experience.  Will I do it again...YES, in a heart beat.  

Thank you Paul for helping me see the beauty you have seen so many times and for being so patient and supportive.  I thank Thee God for staying by my side, for coming to my aid and for sending me angels every time I asked.



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