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Back to my sister's mountain

Saturday, June 19, 2010

After yesterday's demanding hike (for me anyway), we decided we wanted a less challenging hike today. So, we headed back to the mountain my sister hiked on for so many years. After a very enjoyable walk, I still have energy left to tackle some housework this afternoon. emoticon

Today's trail was easier than yesterday's where we had to watch every step.


Trailside beauty


Mr. Snow invited us to come onto from his lawn to take photos. Some lawn!


Another photo from Snow's. I posted a photo from this viewpoint on May 28th.

  
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MARENAMOO 6/21/2010 8:20AM

    Is this the one you hiked with your nephew - that your sister previously owned. It is a gorgeous view - I especially like the one with the water - Mr. Snow is a lucky man to look out at that view everyday. I am glad that you had a good walk and still got in some housework. That sounds like a good day.

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HOPERISING 6/19/2010 10:37PM

    Gorgeous!

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NEXTYEAR 6/19/2010 2:57PM

    So incredibly beautiful!

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Hike to Three-Lake Mount

Friday, June 18, 2010

We headed for Three-Lake Mount this afternoon. It has 4 or 5 beautiful viewpoints. We were very much hoping to get to the first viewpoint, but I'm just not fit enough to climb the very steep rock incline. I'm carrying too much excess weight. What frustrates me so much is that I was able to hike that small mountain and visit all the viewpoints 2 or 3 years ago. I'm so frustrated at myself for having neglected my health the way I did! emoticon Today was a difficult hike because it was too warm and muggy and the mosquitoes and deerfly were having us for lunch in spite of the insect repellent. We'll probably do something easier tomorrow, like "civilized" trails. emoticon

It's a good thing that the trail is well marked because you could easily get lost in these woods.


We share the trail with Canadian wildlife: fox, deer, moose, bear, etc.


In spite of (or because of) the challenges, we both love hiking!


One reason this trail has so many bugs is because it crosses some bogs.


Bogs are beautiful in their own way, but I think it's where mosquitoes are manufactured. emoticon


  
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MARENAMOO 6/19/2010 6:25AM

    The second picture from the bottom - the bog one - it looks like the neck of a dinosaur curving out of the water. I was thinking that maybe the mosquitoes aren't the only thing you need to worry about.

I know that it is frustrating to think about the level of fitness that you lost. But you can only do so many "what ifs". You are doing something now and you will be able to tackle those viewpoints. Think of it like weight increments of something like 5 pounds. I want to do one viewpoint by July, two by Sept - whatever pace that you can do. Then getting back to that level of fitness can be a source of accomplishment not frustration. You are heading forward not backwards.

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RED_RIDING_HOOD 6/19/2010 12:53AM

    OK you keep on taking these walks and I am going to have to come up there and walk with you. The places you walk are incredibly beautiful and you are making me long to go visit my parents or visit you up there. My parents are in MT near Beartooth Pass (Red Lodge) and it is one of the few things I miss; the mountains, the hiking trails oh and the downhill skiing.

Keep the picture coming they are beautiful and thank you so much for sharing.

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HOPERISING 6/18/2010 10:42PM

    Beautiful photos! And even though you didn't make it to the viewpoints, you got out and enjoyed the trail and fed the bugs! Where I live there are mosquitos and deerflies galore, so I know what a distraction they are. I can't stand it when they get in your hair, so I bought this goofy green hat net to wear over my head when I take the boys out fishing.

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A fulfilling Thursday

Thursday, June 17, 2010

After a rather demanding morning at work, I didn't really feel like going for a walk. But I didn't want to disappoint my walking buddy and knew that once I got out there, I would not regret my choice. We were limited in where we could walk, because it rained both last night and this morning. This is one time we did want to stay on the beaten path, otherwise we'd be up to our ankles in mud. So we headed back to the André Nadeau Recreation Centre, where the main trail crosses a brook with charming little bridges. I thought of you, Mary. It was a lovely walk. After supper, I went to spend a quiet evening with my parents, who are both in their mid-eighties. It was a very fulfilling day.

Good news from the doctor: she reduced my blood pressure medication by 1/2 and my blood sugar (diabetes) medication by 1/3. emoticon

We pretty much stayed on the beaten path today.


One of the quaint little bridges that's so much fun to cross.


The brook was a bit more swollen because of the recent rain.


Another picturesque little bridge.


The brook runs parallel to most of the main trail.

  
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SUNNYARIZONA 6/18/2010 6:35PM

    OHHHHHHH....I LOVE THE SCENERY THERE!!!! BEAUTIFUL.

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NEXTYEAR 6/18/2010 8:32AM

    It's wonderful that the trail called you to it.
emoticon emoticon emoticon about your meds.
Keep up the good work!

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MARENAMOO 6/18/2010 5:57AM

    Thank you for remembering that I love babbling brooks and bridges. And that first one is especially picturesque. You are so fortunate to have access to such a large variety of hiking paths - and truly you have introduced me to the whole idea of daily hikes - and not just walking in my suburban neighborhood. I will need to investigate trails when I get home.

That is just the best news about reducing your meds. Does the doctor think that is what caused your symptoms the other day or was it unrelated? And how nice it is that your parents are alive and nearby - you have a wonderfully close family.

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LJCANNON 6/18/2010 1:03AM

    emoticon emoticonCutting down on medications is just one of the ways we can measure success without using the Numbers on the Darn Scale!! You are doing GREAT!!

emoticonIt is such a Blessing to have a Walking Buddy. I can't tell you how many walks I would have missed if my Walking Buddy had not been there waiting for me.

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ANDI571 6/17/2010 10:58PM

    I am soooooo proud of you. Getting to cut back on BP meds and the sugar meds. Way to go. You rock!

We don't get a vacation this summer because of DH's new job, so I will pretend I am walking with you. I love the mountains.

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PERSISTANT123 6/17/2010 10:47PM

    emoticonCutting back on BP and blood sugar meds ... Congratulations! emoticon

Your walk looked both beautiful and peaceful. Thanks for sharing! I wish I was closer and could visit my parents.
emoticonKathleen

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The hike that almost wasn't

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

We had planned to hike up to the first viewpoint on Mount Chauve this afternoon. The weather was just perfect, and it was the first time this year we were attempting this type of climb. But it wasn't to be. We had only hiked up a short distance when I started feeling extremely weak and dizzy. I came close to passing out. I think my blood pressure crashed. I was so disappointed, but we had to turn back. I will be contacting my doctor because I think that the medication that I'm taking for my blood pressure and diabetes has to be reduced now that I've lost 28 lbs. and am very active.

When we got back down Chauve, my sister remembered another trail, very close by, that didn't require the same kind of climbing. So, after having been confronted with a good dose of reality, we headed for the beautiful, but much easier trail. It turned out to be a wonderful hike!

Taking a much easier trail


The world's best hiking buddy!


Bog by the side of the trail


Nature is so beautiful!


The trails are very well marked.


We belong to a hiker's club that negotiates passages rights on private land.

  
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ANDI571 6/16/2010 12:10PM

    I am so excited for you that you may get to decrease your meds because of your 28 pound loss. That hike is sure to come very soon. Just take care of yourself along the way.

Love the pictures, keep them coming.

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NEXTYEAR 6/16/2010 8:23AM

    This is so beautiful. Hope your doctor gets that bp med corrected. You are probably in better shape now than when you started it. Best wishes to you and your sis.

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SUNNYARIZONA 6/15/2010 8:59PM

    WONDERFUL!!! Boy nothing like my hikes here in the Desert...no skeeters ! ha. GREAT pictures...Hope you get things under control so you can do that hike later. Hiking gets in your blood doesn't it!!!!

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MARENAMOO 6/15/2010 7:30PM

    I am so sorry that you did not get to finish that hike today but it is certainly better safe than sorry. The hike will always be there - you do not want a setback at this wonderful stage in your recovery. How wonderful Murielle that you have lost 28 pounds and have gained a wonderful outdoor passion. What an accomplishment. And I love the bond that you have with your sister - has it grown stronger with your daily hikes?

Anyway leave that trail as a promise of good things come to those who wait - and get checked out for the medication.

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THIAGRAM 6/15/2010 7:23PM

  I've been there, but it's been many years ago and was probably different reasons why I couldn't make it up a small hill. Hooray for you that you found another hike to climb! Keep up the great work!

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LJCANNON 6/15/2010 6:49PM

    Now I am wondering if there are any Hiking Clubs around here?
You Hiking Turtles have given me the Hiking Bug. This looks like a Beautiful Hike.
emoticonDefinitely talk to your Dr about the meds. He/ She will probably be thrilled about your weight loss and your activity level.

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A blessed day

Sunday, June 13, 2010

After being blessed spiritually by this morning's sermon at church, I was blessed physically by my afternoon walk. Today, my sister and I headed out to the André Nadeau Recreation Centre. It's within minutes from where we live, but we'd never been there. It's a privately owned nature centre, and we just recently learned that it had walking trails. So, we decided to go explore what's in our own backyard.

Part of the trail was rather mundane.


But part of it was quite lovely.


View from the trail.


There were little bridges to cross. This one is made of logs.


A little brook gurgled alongside part of the trail.


It's rather commercial, but they rent teepees for those who'd like to live the experience of "camping" and sleeping in one.

  
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MARENAMOO 6/14/2010 4:43PM

    For some reason I just love babbling brooks and bridges. When I was younger and in the middle of one of my frantic exam periods (I guess I a have a history of frantic-ness) my father would take me on a drive in on the back roads of Delaware. At the time there were four or five covered bridges that were still operating. Just driving with him and being near the sound of that water were so therapeutic. Your brook and bridge brought back that memory.

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PENNYAN45 6/14/2010 1:47PM

    Thanks for the photos of the beautiful scenery.

I think I might be tempted to try sleeping in one of the teepees.

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RED_RIDING_HOOD 6/13/2010 9:25PM

    Beautiful surrounding wow and your pictures tells the entire story.

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/13/2010 8:32PM

    Lovely! Looks like a very peaceful setting. It's kind of nice that they want to share the peace of the setting with others, even if it does mean some tepees.

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1THING 6/13/2010 6:42PM

    nice! I wish the weather would cooperate so we can walk outside again.

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FALLSM 6/13/2010 6:41PM

  Nice way to spend the day!

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