Saturday, May 29, 2010
My regular walking buddy was off hiking Mount Chauve with her son today, which is still way above my current abilities. (Notice the word "current" in that statement!) So I joined my niece as she walked her dogs this morning.
Progress report: I had a stress test for my heart last week. The results showed that my heart is better than the average woman my age. The cardiologists looked a bit surprised at this obese woman who'd had a mild heart attack just over three months ago and said, "Keep hiking Mount Bellevue!"
I started with short, slow walks after my heart attack. I kept in touch with my doctor and the cardiologist to make sure that what I was doing was OK as I increased the speed, length and intensity of my walks, and then started hiking again. Needless to say I was VERY encouraged by these test results!
I'm still on sick leave until August, and only work 1/2 time. The shock to my system of the heart attack, plus being taken off hormones "cold turkey" greatly diminished my ability to concentrate. (Ask Andi!) As an executive secretary, I can't work if I can't think straight. The doctors said it should get better, and that walking was one of the best things I could do to improve both my physical and mental abilities. I'm trying to follow the doctor's orders by getting out there every chance I have, and am enjoying every step toward better health!
This is my niece as we were entering the woods with her dogs.
This is a photo my sister took of me during last weekend's hike at Orford.
My sister snapped this picture of me enjoying a viewpoint.
Friday, May 28, 2010
When my sister lived in Fitch Bay, her house was at the foot of a mountain. For years, every morning (weather permitting), she would get up at 5 am in order to hike "her" mountain, (around 8 km), and get back in time to prepare breakfast and homeschool her 4 children.
So today, we were hiking on private land, where my sister has walked hundreds of times. She has since sold the house to her daughter and son-in-law. Today we stopped by to see them, and I got to see my new grand-nephew for the first time. (He's so cute and cuddly!) Of all the hiking I've done so far this year, I enjoyed today's hike the most. The weather was perfect, and it's such a beautiful place to hike! And my sister said it always brings back precious memories and is still one of her favorite places to hike.
I also got promoted today. My sister is a real hiker, but to be honest, I'm more of a wannabe. (You should hear her rendition of how I whine when we get lost in the woods! ) Well, today she said I was no longer just a wannabe, I've been promoted to "hiker in training".
One of the viewpoints from today's hike. (Breathtakingly beautiful!)
The path we were hiking on
My sister enjoying "her" mountain
Monday, May 24, 2010
My sister and I had an unusual experience today. A man joined us on our walk at Mount Bellevue. I say unusual, because the Quebec culture tends to be rather reserved and it is unusual to form casual friendships this way. This gentleman had just returned from a spiritual trip to India and since my sister and I are both committed Christians, all three of us started talking about spiritual things almost immediately. It was an extremely interesting walk!
J-D had a tremendous respect for nature. He showed us places off the beaten path we would not have seen otherwise. At one point, he stopped to hug a tree. I had never met a bona-fide tree-hugger before, but the love, respect and intensity with which he did it impressed me. I feel my life has been enriched by our meeting, and my love for nature has grown just a tiny bit because of him. I hope he was blessed too. I'm praying that someday, he will not only love creation, but that he will get to know the Creator!
An ancient quarry off the regular path
Scene looking down from the edge of the quarry
My sister and J-D enjoying their walk
So much natural beauty in such simplicity
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