Saturday, January 19, 2013
OK so my son is at camp this weekend. The dog and I have the house to ourselves. I decided to keep up with my new healthy habits and take the dog for a walk at the park. She (the dog) needs to get out as much as I do. I can even do my favorite trail and take pics and post them like other Sparkers do in their blogs (I really enjoy those blogs). Fantastic idea! A peaceful walk in the park, a little exercise...yeah.
Star, my dog, decides she has to duty about 40 yards passed this sign. I pick up after her and walk back to the trail head to dispose of it because I am not carrying it for 2.2 miles. We make it to the spring a short way in.
It's hard to see in this pic because of the sun but the water just gurgles up from the rocks. Not safe to drink from though. Continuing on along the trail is Beaver Pond. Nope didn't see any beavers today. Just a black squirrel, 2 red squirrels and a cardinal.
By the pond the terrain stars to get slightly more difficult. More hills and more mud. I usually can get this trail done in 30-40 minutes but today I slow down because I don't want to fall or sprain my ankle again and Star is choosing today of all days to misbehave.
After the bridge the trail get muddier. A lot muddier.
I almost fall at least half a dozen times. We are probably three quarters of the way finished when it happens. I am concentrating on my footing when Star gives the leash a yank and down I go. Belly down. In the mud. I'm covered in it from my chest to my feet including both hands.
I quit taking pictures at that point even though there's another beautiful pond and begin to cry. I'm not hurt but I cry the rest of the trail (it takes almost an hour and a half from start to finish) and all the way home. Why? Because I can not even take a leisurely afternoon walk without ending up a failure. Think my story ends here? It doesn't.
At home I strip off the muddy clothes and throw them in the wash. Then I go to get a drink of water and break the glass. After I finish cleaning the glass up, I finally get my drink of water but end up spilling half of it down the fresh clothing I had just put on.
I should have stayed in bed this morning.