TOW the Trek!
We the ladies of Logica had been to the first trek of our union a week ago. Everything happened all of a sudden and it left us all excited. I love to call myself adventurous but it took a trek to Nagala to actually “understand” the true meaning of the word. With the exception of a water scooter ride in Goa I haven’t experienced even remotely adventurous as this trek. I haven’t even met any trekkers in real-life besides Malika and Sasi of course.
So, once it was announced, I asked a few more buddies to join us so that we could stretch our boundaries a little bit. And of course have fun. More than anything, we loved the idea of spending time in away in a forest-like place. Of course, the physical activity would do well for our body too. So along with 16 others each of us started our expedition. We seriously didn’t know what was coming.
Now, thinking back, I loved each and every bit of the experience, even the sad-state of my clothes and shoes. Ignorant as I am about what to expect in a trek (which was full of boulders, crystal-clear waters, small fishes, eewy worms), I was also stupid enough to rely on non-waterproof shoes and not-so-strongly-knit outfit. Since there was no other go, I put on a brave face and proceeded to carry myself as carefully as possible (And succeeded very little).
I must say here that the whole team (including the supporters and the organizers), were very encouraging and understanding. They helped us whenever we needed them. Also, this being the first attempts of many people doing anything more than short hikes in the wilderness, we had to be instructed step by step during every climb and descent.
Now that we’ve finished our trek, I can say that the experience of the actual trek itself, wasn’t very daunting. On hindsight, I think the reason is – I was too much absorbed by the sorry state of my clothes, footwear and yes, of course, my fitness. My only goal had been to complete the trek without major damage (especially to my braces) whatsoever.
As we trekked on (you see, we trekked day and night), we learned to concentrate on only one step at a time. And ignore everything else.
And we did it, finally. We sure did!
More than the trauma caused by the physical challenge itself, the spirit of adventure and camaraderie among the team, kept us going. The whole experience was a blast! Ask anyone. And this counts as absolutely, positively, one of the most unforgettable events of our life.
Looking forward to more treks! Aren’t we Nagala Knightriders?