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The Mistaken 7.0 Miles

The Mistaken 7.0 Miles

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Beth @ Beth's Journey

    Wow I can’t believe the hike was so much longer than you expected!! It looks like you at least got some gorgeous scenery – so that’s a good thing. I’ve actually never been on a hike in my life – – crazy!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It was definitely scenic but I can’t say that I enjoyed it, unfortunately!

  2. Becky

    That’s a long hike! But so beautiful! I’m glad you didn’t turn around right before the waterfall! That would’ve been awful!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      We were LITERALLY right around the corner of the waterfall. Glad we didn’t turn around.

  3. Roz@weightingfor50

    Wow…gorgeous scenery, but OWCH!!!! Hope you body is recovering well today!!! Years ago, a friend and I went up to what was supposed to be an “easy” trail around Whistler. Same thing, it was anything BUT easy and took us about 3 times longer than the guidebook said it would. (and it wasn’t because we were taking it super slowly). And to make matters worse, my ankle buckled in a puddle on the way down, I was sore, muddy and miserable. And he and I haven’t hiked together since! 🙂 But…makes a good story, so wasn’t all a loss. 🙂 Have a great day!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Roz–I’m glad I’m not the only one. 🙂 I bet the Whistler hike was gorgeous. Sorry about your ankle. My worst fear is rolling my ankle MILES from the parking lot.

  4. Carbzilla

    I feel like every hike with Chris ends up miles longer than I’d planned. LOL. We walked for three hours on Sat and another hour on Sun. The Green Dragon BBQ fest was pretty fun, and I would go to their events in the future. I ate like crazy on Sunday because we’d walked so much. Gotta watch my carbs this week for sure. Hope you’ve recovered and are having a good week!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      7 miles was only an issue for two reasons: 1) We had non-hikers with us who thought we were going for a short stroll. Ooops! and 2) Had I known it was 7 miles I would NOT have run that morning. I’d save my knees for the hike! 🙁

      I healed well and fast though. I was really worried I’d done permanent damage. But I was able to bike the next day, swim on Sunday and I ran this morning with no issue.

  5. cindylu

    Yikes. Finding out your hike was much longer than expected could be tough, especially if you didn’t bring enough food/water.

    I did a 6+ mile hike in Yosemite. There were really no mishaps, unless you count dropping the 3 PBJ sandwiches we brought (for 2) on the trail. I had no choice but to dust them off and put them back in the plastic baggie. We hadn’t arrived at our destination and I wasn’t sure if some GU Chomps and trail mix would be enough food. We did eat the PBJ sandwiches almost at the end of our hike. They were a little sandy, but so good after hiking up and down for a few hours.

    On the same hike, our 13 person group split off in to 3 groups, sorta based on speed/fitness. I led the fast group up the longer switchback trails (John Muir) rather than the shorter Mist Trail. The difference is a mile. We came down the Mist Trail which was very technical, wet, crowded and tough on some of our group members’ knees.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes, it can be dangerous and on a hot day I did worry about water. We had enough for four people, plus several Gatorade 2 bottles so we were set. But once we got to the car we stopped at the first 7-11 for water.

      The hikes we normally do are ones that are in and out, or a long loop but we’re prepared for them and can turn around at any time. Not having the (accurate) information on Ramona Falls was my fault and it won’t happen again. I read the wrong website, or the 4.4 miles was actually the trail TO the loop, not including the whole thing!

      I’m glad your hike in Muir ended well. The knee thing isn’t good though. My knees were SCREAMING at me. 🙁

  6. kalin

    We did the same thing in Central Oregon in May-had a hike and didn’t realize the 6 miles didn’t include getting *to* the trail. I always feel like maps for trails are inaccurate and kinda hard to follow. Someone needs to make better ones.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh that’s right, I remember that! I agree, they need to have more accurate info. It’s my fault though, I have a hiking book for Oregon I could have brought with me and didn’t. You bet I’ll be taking it with me from now on!

  7. Ingunn

    Yikes, hopefully this will turn into a funny anecdote once you forget how miserable you were…bet that pizza tasted good afterwards though!

    We got lost by taking a wrong turn in a maze of forest roads while snowshoeing once. It turned and easy six-mile trip into a mildly perilous10-miler. We started late and it got dark and freeeeezing since it was December…luckily we always carry headlamps even though we were too stupid to bring a real topo map!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That sounds terrifying! And a good reminder about carrying the essentials–even if the plan is a short trip. Things can easily change in a blink of an eye. My first snowshoeing experience was a guided tour on Mount Hood–thankfully. It was white out conditions and I SWORE the guide had gotten us lost. Luckily she didn’t but clearly my navigation skills in white out snow weren’t correct.

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