Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Hello Spark People!!
Yes, I am still Sparking but in a more relaxed way. Actually, I've been so busy that my Sparking is anything but relaxed, it's a few minutes here and there and done way too hastily and sloppily and I missed last Saturday's weigh in completely! Yikes! I've never done that before.
But summer is here and things are going on. Plus, I have far too many projects going on and am being pulled in a zillion directions. I DO MISS my Spark! Plus, since I slipped away from tracking food everyday guess what happened? Ha! I know I don't have to tell you people what happened.
Anyway, I will do better both with spending some good time on Spark and with tracking my food. I need it, I want it, it does me good. And I miss you guys. I bet I've got 100 blogs to read!
I have been busy and keeping active. I went backpacking weekend before last with hubby. My pack weighed over 30 pounds! Here I am at the turn off the main trail to our camp site. It was tons of fun but I must admit I was bored by the second day. Haha, can't take the tech out of the girl in the woods.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
I am so happy our newest 5% Challenge is under way. I find I don't spend much time on Spark unless I'm part of a challenge. I do log in and track what I eat every day, yes, I still do that. But then I leave without doing much else. Very little blog reading and I love reading all your blogs! And of course, no blog writing. Well, let's get this party started again and I'm going to spend the next couple of days getting caught up on everyone's wonderful blogs and checking out our new team members.
So, my hubby hurt his knee skiing last December and hasn't been able to hike much. Well, I am tired of waiting for that stupid knee to be ALL BETTER. I have been encouraging him to take his rehab to the next level (he is not as good as doing regular exercise as I am) (plus, he's kind of a baby about his knee) and he's been working hard so this weekend we decide to test it a bit with a couple of little hikes. By little I mean 4 miles or less in length. Both hikes involved climbing but hey, he's a big boy and that's how I like to roll on a hike. I WANT it to be hard so it counts for something.
Yesterday's hike was at Lory State Park. They had a fire there in March caused by a crazy guy fiddling with making an electric gate on his nearby property. Sheesh. Burned up a lot of the lower lying vegetation and the trails were closed for awhile. Most are open again so we went on the Well Gulch trail. Supposed to be 3 miles round trip but because it's a loop trail the "one way" distance was the entire way. Shorter than we'd wanted but still a good test of "the knee" (as it's come to be known). Starts out in grass and scrub bush and follows a stream up into pines. Very nice little trail, not too many people on it. "The knee" handled it just fine.
See how green it is? Until you notice that burnt part...
That's my hubby. Knees look just fine, don't they?
Our picnic site view. The more astute of you may recognize that reservoir as being the same one in most of my hiking pictures. Well, that's cuz it's huge! And it sits between the mountains and the city. It saves us from idiots wanting electric gates and various other fire sources. There was one person water skiing on it! Brrrr. Still a bit cold for that.
This is one of the famous Northern Colorado Half and Half trees. Half burnt, half alive. Made of sturdy stuff. I like trying to see some when we're out where there's been a fire.
Today we hiked up Coyote Ridge, which is basically in the same range (The Rocky Mountains, anyone?) but just foothills really. This was a longer, harder hike and "the knee" did just fine. Yes! I think he finally realizes he can go hiking. Much joy and celebration on my part because hiking is my favorite thing to do. Woohoo.
Here's the view looking towards the bigger range from where we hiked. Those snow capped peaks in the background, well, the one on the right Is Long's Peak. It's a 14er and I've never climbed it cuz you have to start at like 2 in the morning. No thanks. But it's beautiful, no? And it's the 14er we can see from Fort Collins so it always watches over us.
And this is looking the other way, back towards town. See how flat it is? We sit on the edge of the Great American Prairie and sometimes I swear I can see Kansas from up here. Not today.
Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!!!
Monday, April 15, 2013
It's APRIL 15th and we woke up to this-
April! 15th! Arg! And the forecast calls for three days of snow. ARG. I usually weather winter pretty well but this year it didn't start until March, just when I want Spring. The good news is (yes, I found some) this will make the grass greener when and if we get to see it again. Ha ha.
I hope my wee seedlings in the garden make it. Maybe I should have covered them?
In other news, my son from Alaska is visiting (and left behind better weather) and it has been very good to get to see and talk to him again. I need to stop going over my calorie range on the weekends. And drinking on the weekends. That's kind of crept back into our weekend nights and I need to shut it down again. Too many calories and then I also tend to eat a lot more and have no will power, duh. The last three weekends, same thing, have a drink, end up having three drinks and a lot of food. Puts me right back where I was weight wise and then I have to really step it up during the week to catch back up and lose any more. Am not sure how I've even had any success the last several weeks but I have. I still may not make it to my 5% goal this Saturday though and the culprit? Alcohol! When am I ever going to be done with that? That is my point of weakness folks, that's the thing I just really need to walk away from for good. Too bad I think it's so much fun, eh? Something to work on....
Hope everyone has a great last week of the challenge. Let's shed what we can for the team!
I think I'm going to do every DVD I can find.....
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Finally got out for a hike yesterday, it was lovely! I love hiking, it's my cardio of choice but what with the winter weather and my hubby's knee injury from skiing over the holidays, I haven't been out nearly as much as needed for my mental health (which may explain a lot!).
So I left hubby at home and went by myself to a county hiking area called Horsetooth Mountain Park. Miles and miles of trails and great views and best of all, other people and cell phone coverage in spots (HIGH spots) so I felt relatively safe.
Here's why it's called Horsetooth. This is a huge rock formation and is Fort Collins' landmark peak. We've got a major street and a reservoir and I think even a microbrew named after it.
You can see the weather wasn't the best but I was determined to get my hike on. The region is hilly, these are Rocky Mountain foothills after all, so I went up and down and around. I actually climbed up one side then went down and across a valley and up the other side, over the top of that and back around and down. Almost 7 miles in all and I'm sorry I don't know the official elevation gain but my FitBit said I'd climbed 172 floors! Ha! Burned over 900 calories.
I always feel bad-ass when I find STAIRS on the trail. This is heading up to Horsetooth Rock. The college kids climb to the top as a sort of initiation, when we first moved here we did that, haven't had the calling to do it again.
Passing under the Rock, I didn't see anyone on top of it today.
Then down, down, down, and there was some snow in spots and then across this valley. Saw lots of scat but no elk or deer. Or cougar! (We've never seen a cougar, but they're out there, they have motion cameras that capture pictures of them. Yikes.)
Then, because I was feeling good, instead of heading back to the car, I climbed up the other side. This gives good perspective on just how big Horsetooth Rock really is and just how far I'd gone.
And over the top! That water is Horsetooth Resevoir which is the body of water between the mountains and Fort Collins and has saved us from many wild fire disasters. If you squint, you might see the town.
That's snowy Long's Peak, a 14er in Rocky Mountain National Park under the clouds. The views are amazing.
Coming back around, I am way up high and not liking how the trail is really narrow and on a very steep hillside. You can look down and see the trail way, way down there. That's my way back to the car.
That was fun.
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