- Jan 24, 2011
I have to tell y'all about my walk today. I wasn't planning on going to the woods. I was planning on going to uke with the SE Ukers at Free Comic Book day. Well, once I got the car pointed north I kept going. I could see my mountains in the distance. I got to Smithgall Woods, a state park. Got a map and started walking. It was beautiful! The smell of honeysuckle, mountain laurel and the woods. The sound of a woodpecker destroying a dead tree, the sweet screech of a hawk as it circled over head, the water as it rushed across the rocks on it's way down the mountain. First I walked a 1.3 mile path out to Duke creek. Found a couple of young guys fly fishing in the creek, one of them even let me sling his fly a few times. Then back towards the visitor center and up the 1.6 mile path up the mountain. It was hell and it was wonderful.
Since November my mantra has been .. next year I will be able to really hike again. Even last week that is what I told the NP at work. Next year at this time I will be hiking. Well, going up that mountain today I realized .. I AM HIKING ... NOW!!!!! Oh, it hurts. My lungs burn like crazy going up the hills and my legs burn like crazy coming back down the hills. But .. it is wonderful! I MADE IT! Almost 7 miles today.
I am healthier and happier than I have been in ages. I am tired as hell right now, but very proud of myself. As Mim would say .. I am awesome
That is all.
You are all kinds of AWESOME!!!!