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A beautiful long hike at a state park today

Friday, July 04, 2014


There are more pictures, and so many more are of even more beautiful areas at this state park, but this gives you a bit of an idea of what it was like. We actually got to walk under a waterfall at one point. At more than one point there was a smaller waterfall going over just past us, as you see in one of the pictures above. We started out doing a long trail that went nowhere. We had to come back on that trail to go find how to go around the gorge better, to see what we had come to see- but it was all a good workout. 3.5 hours of it. My knees down are sore!

  
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2BDYNAMIC 7/5/2014 10:08PM

    emoticon ....... Looks fun and inviting! ........ hooray for you ........... also thanks much for the comments on my blog and birthday wishes! ......... Thank Heavens for spark friends .......... You spark!

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HOLLYM48 7/5/2014 10:22AM

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing. Thanks for stopping by my page and the sweet words about my one year maintenance anniversary. Wishing you all the best in your journey!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/5/2014 12:00AM

    Looks lovely! Glad you had so much fun.

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1MORNINGWALKER 7/4/2014 9:50PM

    So pretty, thank you for sharing the great pictures, would love to see this.
Quite a workout, hope you relax this evening so that you can continue on.
You sure don't look like you went on a 3.5 hour hike from the picture of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALICE_TENNIS 7/4/2014 8:26PM

    I LOVE state parks -- such a great resource of beauty & fitness. Your pictures remind me of a park in Wisconsin with a winding trail that led to the source of a creek.

Hope your knees are well tomorrow! You're getting stronger every day!

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MM11113 7/4/2014 8:13PM

    I did a morning 2 mile walk, and the weather was cool and sunny. Nice way to start the day. However, your choice is fabulous.

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I went mountain climbing today (pics)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

I KNOW I burned a whole lot more calories than the tracker will allow me to input. Boy do I know it, but anyway, I'm not going to quibble over it any more than saying that. :)
My husband, our daughter, and her husband, and I went and climbed up an almost constantly steep mountain, that three of us had done before. My son-in-law had never been on this one, and he had wanted to as part of his birthday gift from us. It was perfect weather for the day, though cloudy at the top. It took about an hour to get to the top. I don't think it ever took that short a time before, but my SIL is so used to hiking the high peaks, and has very long legs...! I am not in good shape, so it was rough going for me for a lot of the way going up. I had to keep telling myself to not look up and see how steep and impossible it looked, but to take one step at a time. I was thinking of a kids' song about climbing a mountain one step at a time. :)
This is me at the top.

Closer mountains are viewed on the side behind where I'm standing.
and on the other side you can see mountains and lakes further away.
After we ate lunch, we left the top of the mountain there, and went over to another part that is more popular because it has a "Chimney". This is an area on the way to that, that you have to climb to get over to the chimney.
and this is the chimney, but sorry...best pic I was able to get, my legs were too wobbly to try to get closer to it- so you have foliage in front of it. Oh, daughter took a Great picture of it- here you go:
There were a lot of rocks around there that could be climbed, and my daughter was determined to do just that, but here are the guys first.
My daughter climbed another area- more difficult to get up (and down), and her husband decided he would do the same.
I took a picture of some pretty leaves...lol
Here is a picture of my husband, daughter and son in law on a rock across from the rock the couple had been on in the other picture.
More cool rocks and roots My daughter under some other rocks in the area.
I took lots of pictures, trying to give you an idea of how steep the climb was all the way up, but this was about the best that came out of them all I guess.
My husband has gone spelunking on this mountain (or I should say, in it), and he has also done rappelling (using rope to go down a cliff). I've been with him (and we have taken others- this was all years ago), and they did those things with him (not me though, I just watched, haha).
The ride back home got sunny, and to see the mountains and lakes, rivers and creeks, with the beautiful clouds and bright blue sky- ah, it was so nice. :)
Okay, I'm adding some pans that I took that my husband did his best to piece together for me just now.

  
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LIVIN4LISH 6/22/2014 10:49PM

    emoticon Beautiful pics, and great job!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/22/2014 5:06PM

    Looks absolutely fantastic! Congrats on a wonderful day.

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1MORNINGWALKER 6/22/2014 11:08AM

    Was trying to get here earlier, but as usual computer issues. Beautiful area to hike, I would sure love to go there. You have to be in some kind of good shape to do this so good job, bet you are sore today. Beautiful views!! emoticon
Too bad it would not show all those calories you burned emoticon
Hope you have a relaxing Sunday emoticon
Thanks for all the great pictures, always love those emoticon

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GINNABOOTS 6/21/2014 8:56PM

    Beautiful pics. It sure does look like you burned a lot of calories. emoticon emoticon

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STARTINGINLIMBO 6/21/2014 8:43PM

    Thanks. It was Chimney Mountain in the Adirondacks- NY.

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 6/21/2014 8:37PM

  Great Pix! What state?

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Today was a kayaking and grocery combo

Friday, June 20, 2014

Today I went kayaking and I did two weeks of grocery shopping (it's what we do). Whew to both! It was my first time kayaking this year, and at first I didn't know if I would be able to get far, my arms were kinda saying, "what are you doing to me?!" Keeping in mind, of course, that I'm only four days in to exercising more than just walking dogs and at work. heh
After we kayaked, I used hand cleaner on my hands. Ever since then I've been sneezing like crazy! Who'd have thought that would cause such a reaction! I took antihistamine soon after we got home, and I used a nasal spray about an hour ago. It's a little better, but I'm still not done sneezing. Hopefully this allergy headache and the nose trouble will be done with by morning.
Good night, and have a super Saturday, all!

  
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2BDYNAMIC 7/5/2014 10:09PM

    emoticon ........ I am sorry I missed this blog ........ trying to catch up ............ But kayaking ......... Wow ......... how fun!

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1MORNINGWALKER 6/20/2014 11:02PM

    Have a good night, sure hope you feel better in the morning emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 6/20/2014 9:34PM

    Glad you got to get on the water. I hate allergies! Feel better.

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Feeling improvement in four days

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I got dishes, laundry and some cupboard (2) organizing done today.
My husband did eat one section of the mints I spoke of the other day, and the rest of them did go home with my thin friend last night, lol.
It was Monday that I started eating right again and getting regular exercise, and I must say that I feel so positive. It's like my brain doesn't want to let me feel easily down. That's a great change for the better!
I also am determined to not show a tracker until Monday, simply because I know for a fact that I always lose a good bit of weight in the first week I'm back on track- so I'd rather go from the week after that before accepting any "congratulations".
It has been a lovely day. Some of my laundry spent time outdoors! :)
I'm glad the rain has left us for a few days again. More can be done outside.
I hope you had a terrific Thursday!

  
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1MORNINGWALKER 6/20/2014 11:04PM

    emoticon , glad you had a good day. emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 6/19/2014 10:37PM

    Big Congrats for getting back on track so well. I know you are going to do great things.

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VICKITS 6/19/2014 8:33PM

    Good for you!

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LIVIN4LISH 6/19/2014 8:13PM

    Four good days - YAY emoticon . It's always such a psychological battle. Stay positive emoticon

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Another good day!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

It's been a pretty good day. It feels weird to be on vacation from working with students. Hopefully it'll only be a couple more weeks. In the meantime, I am determined that I will enjoy it this time around, and will get things done too. Today I got a good amount of exercise- had fun dancing to some songs on Spotify as part of that. :) I worked on cleaning the fridge, though it could use some more attention than I gave it (I think I need to look at expiration dates...). Got some veggies and fruit cut and/or bagged up. Tried a chocolate pudding made with chia seeds. I'm not certain that my nickel allergy is okay with the seeds, but I'm trying them again anyway. I know I have broken out on my arms a little today, and have been a bit itchy, but it might not be them....seems like it has been before, but we'll see.
Chlorophyll is good for revitalizing a thyroid, so I'm using that for the second time this week. It's a mint flavored water when you add it to the 8 oz of water they suggest.
I did dejunk a couple areas today, and did some dusting and put some things away that had been sitting in an area unattended. So it feels and looks better to have gotten these bits of things done.
I chose good things to eat today too. Lots of fruits and veggies mainly. :)
I just had a friend over and we watched a movie on Netflix called Blink of an Eye. We enjoyed it.
Tomorrow's another day to redeem well. :)

  
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2BDYNAMIC 6/19/2014 11:10AM

    Sounds good to me .......... I add the chia seeds to my green drinks and I am going to try 'n spark less today so I can get some things done ............ Do hope you have a great vacation ........... btw: did you see 'Nebraska?' ................ we bought it and love it!!! (Bruce Dern_ have a great day!!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/19/2014 9:20AM

    Sounds like a win to me.

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JACKIE542 6/19/2014 1:04AM

    Glad you had a good day, I hope you do enjoy your vacation.
I sure have gotten rid of a ton of things and lots of clean up too because of moving, sure does feel good to get thing all cleaned up.
Hope you have a great day tomorrow emoticon emoticon

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