I have been “Ambling’ Along the Appalachian” with some fellow Sparkers. Virtually that is.
This appeals to me because it is a secret dream of mine to walk all of the A.T. I don’t know why this is, I just know that when I think about it, the idea makes me smile. Walking the trail, even in pieces would not be an easy feat both in terms of time and level of fitness. The Trail is roughly 2,180 miles long, passing through 14 states. The total elevation gain of hiking the entire A.T. is equivalent to climbing Mt. Everest 16 times and backpackers burn upwards of 6,000 calories a day.
But my heart is still drawn to the idea.
When I think about running a marathon, I grit my teeth and think “That would be a great goal!” so I know that I really don’t want to do that. In fact, even running a 5K is not all that appealing, although I’m bound and determined to do a few of those this year.
Running is too strong a word perhaps. My goal is to finish a 5K despite the fact that my best 5K time is still somewhere around 37 minutes and usually more like 40 minutes.
But the idea of hiking makes my heart sing.
On Saturday, it reached a high of 53 degrees where I live.
In northern Ohio. Excuse me? How could I possibly pass up the opportunity to take my doggies and my DH for a hike?
We chose to Trek a bit of the Buckeye Trail.
OK, so poetically, “Trekking the Buckeye Trail” it does not come close to “Ambling’ Along the Appalachian” but I live a stones throw from a piece of the Buckeye Trail, so it will have to do.
I could not come up with a synonym for hiking that started with a “B” although I kind of liked “Bumbling along the Buckeye.”
I am lucky enough to live near the Metroparks in Northern Ohio and it is from exploring the Metroparks that I was first introduced to the Buckeye Trail. I had not explored this particular bit of trail before.
The Buckeye Trail is a large loop of nearly 1444 miles. From a beachhead on Lake Erie in Northern Ohio, to a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River in Southern Ohio, a hiker can circle the state and experience a little of all that Ohio has to offer.
It was a lovely hike.
The trail is well marked with blue blazes so that even a bumpkin like me would be hard pressed to get lost.
Much of the trail was mucky from melting snow, but I love traipsing through mud...especially if I’m wearing the correct boots!
Perhaps I will take on the Buckeye Trail first. In bits and pieces. I’d love to take part in maintaining the trail also so I just signed up to join the Buckeye Trail Association.
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Activities are something I enjoy. Another SP friend just posted a blog about activity and it's many guises. As he pointed out...activity lurks everywhere, but usually not in from of the TV (or the computer!)
And activity is not “exercise” for “exercise” is something I “do” because it is good for me. (e.g. weight lifting, pushups, running)
Hiking, yoga and zumba are some of my favorite activites. I often "hoop" in front of the TV which I enjoy and makes me feel less guilty about watching my favorite TV show.
So what makes your heart sing in terms of activity?