As my sister and I made our way up to Mt. Baldy, we had encountered some back-to-back traffic – the same kind of traffic you get at 7am in the morning when you’re heading to DTLA. Having accumulated almost two hours on the road, my sister and I were working our bladder muscles and our stomachs were beginning to eat itself.
While my sister and I were debating whether or not we should “pop-a-squat” or not, we were hitting our breaking points. Okay, more me than my sister. As I’ve mentioned before in a previous post, I have the worst patience. As the road begins to narrow due to the cars parked alongside the road, my sister and I found ourselves at a standstill. There was absolutely no way for us to move forward or even turnaround so, in other words, we were stuck.
People started getting out of their cars to see what the fuss was all about, and others tried to squeeze their way up the road. There were some folks who had just given up, and settled with what snow they had. Even though the sign says we have only 4 miles till we reach the top of the mountain, I had begun to question the worthiness of all of this — “Should we just stay here? There’s some snow.”
Passionately, my sister exclaims, “No! We didn’t make it this far not to reach the top!” My sister has always been the more optimistic one, and it’s moments like these, where she pushes me to do more than what I believe I am capable of. So, with two “hangry” women whose bladder was about to burst, we had inched our way through the mountain, and, finally, a sign appeared in bold letterings, “Welcome to Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts.”
This is just one of the many incidents that day, where I had almost deprived my sister and I from witnessing a beautiful sight. This experience had reminded me to never give up so quickly, and to have a little faith. As quoted by Nicholas Sparks (not a huge enough fan to even quote his work, but what he shared has some truth in it), “nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy.”
If you have the time this weekend and is in the SoCal area, make a stop to the mountains. It’ll especially be great this weekend as fresh snow is expected to fall! So, even though you’re just 4 miles away, and stuck in back-to-back traffic, the destination will be worth the trouble.