Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday Morning: Apres-Hike


I've been meaning to write about this for several weeks now but I can't think of a better time to do so than right now.

We came back from Yosemite at about 11:30pm last night after hiking all day over steep trails, rough cross-country terrain, and snowfields. Looking down the Little Yosemite Valley with a grand view of the back side of Half-Dome of course made all this exertion worth it. The views and remarkable destinations are what inspire these trips.

It struck me though as we sat sipping beer and wolfing down pizza in Curry Village while watching the sun set on the walls of the Yosemite Valley that the soreness from so much physical exertion is it's own kind of reward. Much like skiing this exertion is best celebrated, rather than lamented, with indulgences of course. For us it was pizza and beer, something not regularly on our generally healthy diet. Often its a stop off at In-N-Out burger, again, hardly ever on the menu.

Not only do we indulge - it's food that's never tasted so good. Pizza is great, but apres-hike pizza is on a whole other level (like how airline food sometimes tastes great because you're starving). Suddenly the pain of our aching joints after mile after mile always seems to melt away like the gooey mozzarella topping.

What's your favorite Apres-Hike meal or do you prefer a soak in the hot tub after a long hike?

1 comment:

  1. Pizza is totally the way to go. Pizza found outside San Diego after a grueling hike in the desert was elevated to "heavenly" and consummed within 3 seconds.