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Finally, an evening without a storm.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Didn't get to hike Wednesday or yesterday. We had a terrible storm on Wednesday evening that brought down a large tree in our backyard (the cleanup begins tomorrow) and had to do massages at the spa last night. Today, we finally had a day with no rain!! I got off work about 3:30 today, so I changed clothes and headed to Pilot Mountain for a hike. It was really hot today and the humidity was almost unbearable, so I decided to start at the bottom of the mountain and take the Mountain Trail up as far as I could and then return back down. It was nice to get out hiking, even though all the recent rain has brought the flying bugs out in huge numbers and has produced a fine crop of poison ivy for the first few hundred feet of the trail. I carefully worked my way through the growth and then headed up the mountain. I hiked about 1.5 miles up before deciding to turn around to get back in town in time to meet DH for dinner. It was only 3 miles today, but something is better then nothing. I'll have more time to hike the next two days.

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments. The encouragement truly helps.

Total miles for July - 6.4 (33.6 more to go)

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FEAR-OF-30 7/11/2008 10:42PM

    I wouldn't of wanted to turn around LOL

Glad you got out at last. emoticon

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RAVON27 7/11/2008 8:48PM

    Sounds like fun except for the bugs!

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Stormy Hiking

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Well, I'm trying to get my mountain miles in, but mother nature is not exactly cooperating. DH and I headed for Pilot Mountain yesterday after work, but by the time we got to the trailhead it was pouring rain and thundering and lightening. I can deal with the rain, but not the lightening. We waited it out for a while until the rain eased up and we could no longer hear thunder and set out on the trail. Unfortunately, it wasn't long before we could hear a new round of thunder approaching. So, it wasn't a very long hike (1 mile), but I sure got my heart rate up because I was trying to hurry back to the car. I'm hoping the weather will be better this evening when I get off work, but they're calling for storms every evening this week. Looks like I'll be doing a lot of hiking this weekend to catch up.

Total miles for July - 3.4 miles (36.6 more to go)

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FEAR-OF-30 7/10/2008 11:32AM

    It's too bad you had to call off your hike. I bet it was pretty out there though, with all the wetness.

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AMAZINGDADNC 7/10/2008 8:56AM

    hi there, yea be careful during that weather, we are in the good ole forecast a or b time of the year - highs in the 80's with tstorms or highs in the 90's with the chance of -storms lol

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KAYOTIC 7/9/2008 10:49PM

    Can't be too careful with weather like that! Stay safe!!!!
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My Hiking Challenge for July

Monday, July 07, 2008

I recently read a blog from another SP member who set a personal challenge for the month of June. It was interesting reading her entries and seeing how she was doing toward reaching her goal, which she did. Reading and keeping up with this really motivated me, so I decided that I would set a new goal for myself. My personal challenge is to hike a total of 40 miles during the month of July. This cannot include walking at any of our local parks, but rather has to be mountain hiking up and down hills, so most of this will probably be at Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock. I started hiking more over the last few months, but after breaking a rib I slacked off for a while. Now it's time to begin serious preparation for my backpacking trip planned for next June.

I will update this blog every time I complete miles with the date and location. I hope to do more than 40, but I have to get in at least that much. At the end of this month, I'll decide what my goal for August will be. So, here I go.

2.4 miles - 07/05/08 - Pilot Mountain

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CJROMB 7/7/2008 11:42PM

    Hey there, thank you sooo much for the goodie. Soon as I can breathe IN all the way, I'm gonna inhale their sweet scent! :)

So you're gonna hike 40 miles up and down hills? I will be truly impressed. Imma watch, cuz you're gonna do it.

Don't wipe out, though, okay? Cuz it doesn't feel very good.

YOU GO GIRL!!! You've already got 5% done!

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GRALLEN 7/7/2008 1:36PM

    I think this is a great challenge. Lucky you living near mountians where you can actually take a proper hike. I live in the city with no mountains nearby to hike so it will be neat to see your progress.

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CALGALFOX 7/7/2008 11:19AM

    I think this is a great personal challenge! Good for you. I'm excited to follow this! If you have a little digital camera, you should take pictures for me : )

I don't know your area and would love to live vicariously through you!

We did an 18 miler in our chaparral area this past weekend that was beautiful. One area you wind through this manzanita grove that is so incredible. I took pictures, I'll try to post them this week, if you're interested.

Take care,


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RAVON27 7/7/2008 9:42AM

    emoticon on setting monthly goals for yourself. I would rather compete against myself than others sometimes. I always try to be better than I was before. Good Luck on reaching your goals. I know you will do it and have fun at the same time. emoticon

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The Dangers of Photography

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Did you know that the hobby of photography can actually be a dangerous thing? Okay, maybe not for everyone, but when you are someone who is prone to accidents, you have to take extra precautions. And when you love to hike, with a digital SLR hanging around you neck, falling down can be a very bad thing.

Yep, that's what I learned this week. You see, there is something about my family. My DH (and my sisters' husbands) all joke about our family. They said there is something called the Elswick (my maiden name) clutz gene that everyone in my family has. I'm beginning to think it's true. I won't even go in to all of my past accidents, but it seems one of us 4 girls always have some type of injury of our own making.

Last Wednesday evening DH and I decided to do a short hike after work so we went on a trail we'd never been on before. Because it was getting late, I began to hurry (usually what leads to my injuries) down the trail. I was also carrying my Olympus digital SLR and had it hanging around my neck. I swear I never saw that little root growing all the way across the trail, but sticking about 4 inches up off the ground. It was just enough to catch my foot in and send me propelling into a forward dive toward the ground. Now, I probably would have escaped with my usual beat up knees and hands, but this time I landed right on my camera. The result? A huge, rectangular, colorful (purple, blue, yellow) imprint the size of my camera right in the center of my torso just below my sternum and a fractured rib. Nothing to do but just wait it out since there's really nothing they can do for a fractured rib.

Okay, so that's the bad news. The good news is that it should be healed by the time we leave for vacation on August 9th. Even better news is that my camera somehow managed to escape any injury (my body absorbed most of the shock). That was especially good since I have already destroyed one digital SLR (a former clutz gene accident). I had only had my first one for about 4 months when I again slipped on slickrock on Utah and smashed it on the rocks. The dirt path this time was a lot more forgiving than pure rock, so this time I don't have to worry about replacing another camera.

Okay, so that's my story this week. I did manage to get in a short 2 mile hike with my best friend this morning. Thank God for ibuprofen. Now if the heat wave here will just end.

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CJROMB 6/29/2008 6:09PM

    Uh-oh. I was adopted. I bet you're my real family, aren't you! Are you by chance ADD? I am, and hear that's a common trait of ADD people. My dad used to call me a Bull In A China Shop. I'm ALWAYS moving far too fast for my eyes to watch out for me. I broke my toe about 2 weeks ago, and after all the other accidents I've had to report here on SparkPeople? Well, I just didn't say a word about it! (see, you're the ONLY person that knows. :)

What kind of digital SLR camera do you have? I LOVE taking pictures. I took over 4000 pics since last August when my exchange student got here. I love sunrises and sunsets, and all kinds of interesting things. But I just have a regular digital camera, not an SLR. I'd love to take a class and get one, so I'm curious what you're using. I'm a diver, so I'll probably be looking to get something I could eventually take in the water...although so far, it's the only place I haven't really wanted to take pictures. I don't want any responsibilities when I'm down there.

What do you like to take pictures of?

I'm sorry you got hurt wiping out. I'm glad your camera's okay, and I'm happy you'll be okay for vacation.


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AMAZINGDADNC 6/11/2008 9:09AM

    WOW Cindy, you must be my long lost sister! my friends tell me that i am the most likely to have an embarrassing emergency room visit for an accident.

glad your camera is ok!


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RAVON27 6/8/2008 4:43PM

    So glad you are are alright, except for the bruise and rib. I'm sure it could have been much worse! Glad your camera made it through! I think I would put my camera in a cushioned case and watch everything on the ground if I had a clutz gene. I think my sister was the only one that got it in our family LOL! Hope you have a great week and a fantastic vacation!

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New Digital Scale

Saturday, May 24, 2008

I went last Monday evening and bought a new digital scale. My old one was REALLY old and worn out. I was so excited when I brought my new scale home because it has settings for 4 different users so you can track your progress on it also. It also measures your body fat and BMI.

Now the bad part. When I weighed myself, it showed my weight between 4 and 5 pounds heavier than my old scale. I'm sure the new scale is much more accurate, so it didn't make me happy to know that my weight ticker was wrong. I didn't want to change my weight ticker because then it would look like I gained weight, so I've given myself 1 week (until next Monday) to get down to 160 on my new scale. I've been working extra hard this week and as of yesterday morning I was less than 1 pound away. Hopefully I'll make it by Monday so I don't have to see that ticker go up. Looks like it's gonna be a fruit and veggie holiday weekend!

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AMAZINGDADNC 6/11/2008 9:06AM

    Hi Cindy,

thats why i am not getting a scale for the homefront,, that and that i would be reweighing myself every hour lol. I use the one at the Y, hopefully they are not messing with it lol.

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THERESAZ28 5/24/2008 6:23PM

    Congrats that you are determined to lose 4 to 5 pounds in such a short time but I've always been told its not good to lose weight so fast.
I was contemplating getting a new set of scales---now I'm wondering if I should---sometimes I eat when I get depressed!

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KAYOTIC 5/24/2008 12:17PM

    Scales can be that way! Don't worry so much about the munber though, as long as it's heading in the right direction over time, that's what matters. I have 2 scales, since I keep one at my house, and one at my boyfriends in Reno, and they are off by a couple of pounds from each other. I just make a mental note of that and try not to stress about it.

It sounds like a good scale though, can you calibrate it at all? Maybe you could adjust it a bit so it's more in line w/ your previous scale so the difference isn't so much.

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RAVON27 5/24/2008 10:18AM

    So sorry it was more. But I know you can get down to the right weight. Fruits and veggies are awesome for memorial day! Meat is over rated LOL! emoticon emoticon

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