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Hot Weather Hike with Pics

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The current hot weather affecting much of the US is a serious deterrent to outdoor activity. Fortunately, heat doesn't affect me as badly as it does some as long as I can stay hydrated (I do tend to sweat a lot!) Yesterday it wasn't convenient to go to the gym and I was ready for a change anyway--so I decided to break out my hiking staff and take a short hike on the farm. I have blogged about hiking here before and my slow progression to being able to do this because of problems with my feet and knees--so this would also be a test of my progress. My new shoes are well broken in and my legs are a lot stronger--even getting some definition from my workouts on the cross trainer.

As I started out on the hike I rounded the corner by the barn with no problems.

Our recent addition to the family "Duke" accompanied me.

Recent hay harvests have produced some picturesque round bales of hay.
This is a big oak that I use as a marker of my progress. Once upon a time it was all that I was able to do to make it there.
As I progressed past the oak I walked through a sunny patch, then hit an extended shady area. There was more shade than I had expected at 10:30 in the morning and it helped cool me off a good bit. There was also a very nice breeze blowing across the pasture and that helped a lot also. The temperature was about 80 when I started out, but it was rapidly progressing toward 90. I walked through the first pasture, past a grove of trees into the second pasture. In my earlier hikes this was my limit but I was feeling good so I kept going. I walked to the far side of the second pasture and found some more shade--leaning on my staff I took a short break to get my heart rate down into my "zone." Now I was ready to head for the third pasture--just before I got there I spotted a stump suitable for sitting down, so I sat in the shade and had some water. With the end in sight I couldn't pause for too long--I was determined to make it to the limits of our property. I had never been that far before and knew I could do it today. Finally I hit the end, turned around and began walking back. By the time I made it back to the big sentinel oak it was very hot, so I sat down for a rest in the shade and enjoyed the very nice breeze. I pulled out my cell phone and called a friend and we had a nice "catch up" conversation while I rested. Finally I headed back toward the barn and the house and as I arrived at the porch the temperature was 97 and headed for 100 shortly thereafter. The walk had lasted a little over an hour and though I had sweated a barrel I was feeling good about it. I went in, drank a lot more water, took a shower and was glad I had chosen to fight the heat.

Whatever we have to fight and overcome--it is worth the effort to achieve the health we want and the fitness that will give our self-esteem a huge boost. From one hundred steps in April to the third pasture and back was a measure of pride that I could celebrate. Find something that you can celebrate--there is much to enjoy on this journey.
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  • AIMEEM77
    I see I'm not the only one taking up hiking! Congrats on your success!!
    2467 days ago
    emoticon You're doing emoticon

    Love the pics!
    2470 days ago
  • GEINAHG0757
    Wow! Have you ever come a long way!!! Aren't you proud of yourself? You far surpassed your previous limits - emoticon
    2471 days ago
  • BETRME100
    What a great blog...you had me grinning ear to ear as I read about your progress...the pictures are fantastic...I grew up on a farm so those pictures brought back a lot of great memories!! You are totally awesome!!
    2472 days ago
    Congratulations on your progress with distance!!

    Thanks for the photos of the pastures - and of the oak.

    I enjoyed reading about your walk.

    2472 days ago
    Great job Gary! emoticon Look at how far you have come! I'm not sure I could have handled the temp, but you did it with style and determination. I enjoyed the pics!
    emoticon kathleen
    2472 days ago
    emoticon !! You have come so far in this journey; always seeing the positive, not giving up, challenging yourself to go one step further. You're a shining example of what Sparkpeople is all about and you inspire more people than you know. emoticon
    The pictures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them. Your property looks so peaceful; an ideal place to walk and meditate.
    I look forward to your next blog, as always. You write so well. Have you thought about writing a book about your journey to healthy living? A collection of your blogs, maybe? emoticon
    2472 days ago
  • JLWOF1
    You've come a long way! Keep up the great work!
    2473 days ago
    Sounds great!!! Your property looks great!!! Good job on the progress and getting out there and testing yourself. Keep up the great work!!!

    P.S. I love Arkansas, I love to hike down there in the Fall, Winter and Spring, just not the summer.

    2473 days ago
    Since April you have begun a whole new life! Thanks for the photos it's a beautiful walk.
    2473 days ago
    Congrats!! it feels good to say hey I can go further!
    2473 days ago
  • 102633
    A neat blog and great pictures. Congrats on your progress. Keep up the healthy living and before you know it you may have to buy the farm bordering your property just to make the walk worth something. hehehe

    2473 days ago
    Beautiful photos & wonderful blog! emoticon , Gary!! Such a pretty area for a walk. Enjoy your weekend!
    2473 days ago
    Sometimes we get caught up in the day to day and focused on the scale, versus the change in our physical capabilities! Obviously, a huge change from day 1 until now, Gary, and that's cause for celebration!!! Proud of you, man!


    2473 days ago
    Sometimes we get caught up in the day to day and focused on the scale, versus the change in our physical capabilities! Obviously, a huge change from day 1 until now, Gary, and that's cause for celebration!!! Proud of you, man!


    2473 days ago
  • 69NURSE
    As always, an awesome blog! I loved the pictures and the walk sounds wonderful(except for that heat -whew)....I walked every step with you this morning. Thank you for sharing. The farm sounds like it is a delight. Does your family still work it themselves or do they lease it to someone? YOU have come so far and have so much to be proud of. emoticon Have a great weekend. emoticon emoticon
    2473 days ago
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