Saturday, November 24, 2012
We had such a blast at Petit Jean State Park, the first state park in Arkansas. It was constructed largely by the CCC during the 1930's and 1940's and their magnificent stonework is evident everywhere. The weather was incredible and the leaves were still beautiful.
We hiked up a storm! On Tuesday we got to the park and did the 7 Hollows Trail (4.5 miles), on Wednesday we did a morning and afternoon hike for over 13 miles, and on Thursday we were sore so only did another 4 miles. The hikes have tons of rocks and there's plenty of up-and-down action, believe me! There is one "trail" that is actually a series of switchbacks down 200 feet into a canyon. The trail leads to a large waterfall and is mostly steps carved out of the rock. The last time I did that trail -- maybe 8 years ago? I thought I WOULD DIE on the way back up, but this time -- I won't say it was easy but it wasn't hard. It feels good to know I am much stronger and fitter than I was years and years ago.
I can't wait to go back to the park and do the longest trail -- 12 miles. We've never done it. I think we need to do that hike three days in a row to simulate the type of hiking we'll be doing on our Appalachian trail hike next May.
My hiking shoes ARE AWESOME! They fit wonderfully. I can't believe I finally found a pair that work and I'm so grateful! TC's boots also have worked out and he likes his new backpack and hiking with two poles. So it was a super-successful three days of hiking!
I still weigh 152. I always get mad at myself after a spell of intense exercise, but loose eating. If I'd been more careful with my eating I bet I could have broke through this plateau. So again I vow to tighten up on my eating so I can move downward. I know I keep saying that but sooner or later it will actually happen! Last night I got out my Beck book, my Advantage Response cards, and decided to get back to the Beck Basics so I can work on strengthening my "resistance muscle". I'm excited about starting "from the beginning", and even though it's Saturday, there's no time like RIGHT NOW!
Have a great weekend, Sparkpeeps!