My girlfriend and I had an annual challenge to go hiking together no matter how busy we were. We always planned so that both of us could cancel our schedules and ensure that the set days were free to do just that. We were both business executives in busy industries, and it was not easy to find time to bond and relax. The best we could do regularly were quick dinners every weekend and sometimes a day or two in each other’s houses during the weekdays whenever our schedules did not involve a lot of traveling. However, we genuinely loved each other and did not mind putting in the hard work. We were always eager for the few hours we got, as we maximized them and made sure they were quality moments. Therefore, the hiking weekends were the highlights of our times together. This time around, our challenge was mt Spokane, and we went at a time when winter was just around the corner. The cold weather was showing signs all over, but we still had to do it. Fortunately, we brought a few friends to keep us motivated whenever we felt like giving up. We were to be around for five days, which meant that working with daily targets was ideal. We would set camp and use a portable heater to keep us warm. We loved the fresh air, and the marked terrains made it easy to scale the difficult areas. It was worth it and a great introduction to more significant challenges we plan to take on in the future.