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My First Hike of 2013

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Well, I’ve been away from SparkPeople for the past couple of weeks, only taking a minute or two to look quickly each day. There’s been so much going on, and I’m really ready for some relaxation time. I’m so glad 2012 is over along with all the stress the end of the year brought.

First, my job as a magistrate is an appointed position that automatically expires at a certain time. The end of 2012 was when my term, along with the term of several other magistrates, was ending. It’s always a stressful time as they can choose to replace you or reappoint you. Thankfully, I have been reappointed for another term so I don’t have to start stressing again until the end of 2016 (at least about my job). Being sworn back in on January 1st was a huge relief. We did, however, lose one magistrate, so we have been short and working an adjusted schedule to make up for his absence until a new magistrate is trained and on the schedule. Between the crazy schedule at work and the holidays, I’ve stayed tired. Even so, I managed to enjoy the holidays, at least the food, a little too much. While I only gained a little over a pound, it still bothers me and I’ve got to get back on track.

Today I’d had enough. I was off work and feeling crummy, so I decided I really needed some outdoor activity and headed up to Pilot Mountain for a hike. It was the first time I’d been up there since they had a fire up there last fall (a controlled burn that managed to get out of control). Tommy went with me and together we hiked the loop around the knob on Jomekee Trail. When we finished, I headed on to the Grindstone Trail while he drove to the park entrance to meet me at the other end.

I was so surprised and saddened to see how much of the area had been burned, but it will come back quickly when warm weather returns. It was in the 40's, which was perfect. I saw very few other people on the trail, which is the way it usually is on a weekday. All in all, it was a great day for hiking, and I feel so much better tonight. Now I’m ready to get back to my daily walking routine and hopefully do some biking sometime soon.

I don't make New Year's resolutions - I stopped doing that years ago. I have decided though that I WILL reach my goal weight by the end of 2013. Less than 1 pound a week will get me there, so no more excuses. I'm ready to do whatever it takes to be healthier by the end of the year.

Now for some hiking pictures:

Slightly charred area along the Jomeokee Trail.

These two trees looked like they fell burning, leaving holes in the shape of each tree.

A badly burned area along Grindstone Trail

Self-portrait! Note my Darth Vader hat - LOL. No, I'm not really a Star Wars fanatic; my son gave it to me, but it's warm.

The trail ahead with the Pilot Mountain knob in the background. That's the knob that Tommy and I had hiked around earlier.

Not sure what the rock cairn is about. I can understand these in the desert where trails are much harder to recognize, but with a large blue circle nailed to a tree every 40 - 50 feet, I hardly think this is necessary. Oh well, I guess somebody was bored. emoticon

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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    Nice hat!!!
    1892 days ago
    Cindy, I'm glad your position is safe for 3 more years!

    Thank you for sharing the pictures. I haven't been to "the Pilot" since the fire. It really isn't as bad as I feared it would be.

    Love the hat! I have a "rooskie (sp?)" that I wear on really cold days. It used to horrify my kids when I wore it - which is probably 90% of the reason I did :)

    May 2013 be a super year for you!
    1894 days ago
    Hi Cindy
    ....love the twinkle in your eye.
    There you go again ---- milking the life out of .......life!!!
    As I've said many times before, you're an inspiration.

    And I consider this hike and the burned out trees (with the understanding of rebirth) to be a metaphor for our individual journeys.....here on Sparks.

    Big hugs. (to Tommy & Thor too)

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    1895 days ago
    Thanks for sharing the hike - I loved going with you and can't wait for the next one!

    Happy trails!
    1898 days ago
    So glad that you have your job. I had my annual review in Sept and got a wonderful surprise. I am getting promoted up in a position at my work. My company grades the medical techs 1,2,3 and up to a lead position. My boss mention my hard work and wants to promote me to a tech 3 which is so neat and possibly the lead tech in the future. Love you pictures in your blogs. Need to post some pics of the snow we got almost 2 feet !

    Have a good weekend.
    1898 days ago
    I'm so happy you were re-appointed and won't have to worry again for a little bit! And I just love the hike. It does remind me somewhat of areas around here. I've hiked through burn areas here too and it is so sad to see, but I've also done hikes through areas that burned several years ago and there are still a few little signs but so much has grown back it's amazing. So I know that this area you hiked with grow back to beauty once again. It's amazing what getting a hike in can do to relieve stress!!
    1898 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Hi Cindy
    Great news about your job:) Thank you for sharing the hike -- it's always neat to see where others get to hike, esp when my normal walk is in the city. Those necessary burns can be helpful (until they become out of control). As you say, we'll see what the same landscape looks like by the end of the summer.
    Wishing you a happy, healthy 2013.
    1898 days ago
    Loved the photos and hearing about your hike! It's sad that thee was so much burning, what a shame.

    I'm glad to hear your job was reinstated, everybody needs work!

    1898 days ago
    Great job, Cindy. Was out yesterday on the golf course for the first time this year and it was a little chilly but, like you, I felt so much better afterward. I love the photo where you can see Pilot Mountain from the hiking trail. All are beautiful, but, i have never seen one from that angle so I thank you so much for all. emoticon
    1898 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your photographs - despite the devesation, I'm sure it's a beautiful trail in all weathers.

    Great to hear you have been reappointed and the very best with your weight loss journey.

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    1898 days ago
    It's really sad to see burned areas, but as you say, it will come back. Hope you felt better after your hike.
    1898 days ago
    I'm so glad your job worked out for you. What a relief. We had a bad fire out this way 2 1/2 yrs ago. Part of the area still makes me sad, but like you said, the growth bounces back. When I saw that our hills were green last month I knew that was a good sign. The trees along the path you walked. It looks like the tops of the trees are still alive. I sure hope so. Love all your new pictures!!!
    1898 days ago
  • _JODI404
    Sounds like a wonderful hike! So glad Tommy went with you for a bit. emoticon

    The fire aftermath looks so bad... hopefully you are right about the re-growth!

    Congratulations on the reappointment at your job! I know it's a relief to have such a large thing to not worry about for a while. emoticon

    Love your pic & your cool hat!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend. I'm playing mad catch up myself and hope to be all caught up with all I need done by Sun.

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    1899 days ago
    Your Darth Vader hat reminds me of some knit gloves I got in the children's section, which have some rubbery designs to appeal to the youngsters. I find that if I wear them with the designs on the palms of my hands rather than on the backs of my hands, it helps me grip the steering wheel of my car more efficiently and keeps my hands warm! emoticon
    1899 days ago
    So glad you got to get out and enjoy some fresh air!! Congrats on being reappointed too! As always, LOVE the pictures...makes me feel like I'm along for the journey:)
    1899 days ago
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