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Great weekend. Two hikes!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

This was a very active and productive weekend. It was productive because I finished my taxes! And had enjoyable social outings with friends (to a play, to ArtWalk, to dinner).

Fitness ROCKED with TWO river hikes! Saturday, I went to Zumba, and then I hiked with Pat on the Entrada section of the Deschutes river trail. The first part of the trail was very muddy due to recent snow melt.

We met several large friendly very muddy dogs who were not trained to not jump up on strangers so I got muddy paw prints in surprising locations! Once we were through the muddy area, we had a lovely hike. The river is sparkly and lovely, and the forest is mostly ponderosa pines. Our Saturday hike was about 5 miles

On Sunday, I hiked with Don & Hanne from in the Deschutes River Canyon Eagle Crest to Masden tract (about 20-30 miles north of the other trail section). This trail was also approximately 5 miles; it was a more rugged trail with lots of up and down and rock hopping. Thankfully it was less muddy! This hike has high canyon walls of columnar basalt, and lovely red twig dogwood with bright branches in winter.

BTW -- I reset my weight loss ticker. I had not been using the Spark weight loss ticker; the last time I entered a weight was 18 months ago. My actual weight was close to what was on the ticker (3.5 pounds off), but I reset my goal and reset my start weight (to my new lower weight). I guess that meant I was treading water as far as fitness during the tough year at work!! I decided I deserve a fresh start with more current information.

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1BEACHWALKER 3/7/2013 4:19AM

    Gorgeous scenery! Good for you hiking all that! I am at my happiest hiking through rugged trails! Love the red twig dogwood and big rock cliffs especially!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHOCOKAY 3/6/2013 11:10AM

    Go Ali:
The weather was great last weekend. Glad you got some hiking in before the new storm hit!
I'm headed for xc skiing tomorrow. Hope the timing is right with the recent snows.

I'm envious of your hikes. Great Photos!
Hopefully, this year will be the one for the new weight loss!
Good Luck, you've certainly got the exercise down!

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LEANNAW4 3/5/2013 8:50PM

    Beautiful hikes! And good for you for getting out there!

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DR1939 3/5/2013 10:33AM

    What a nice weekend. Beautiful pictures.

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PANIK257 3/5/2013 3:38AM

    Beautiful. I can't wait until it's warmer here so I can start hiking again.

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MADAMES 3/5/2013 3:05AM

    These are amazing trails...the bluffs, the colorful foliage, the beautiful blue skies and the sunlight playing on the water. I can sense your happiness walking in such outdoor splendor! I am happy for you. Good strategy with the weight loss ticker.

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    These look like wonderful hikes! It makes me dream of very different places to go hiking. Maybe one day. :) I especially loved the second hike, with all its bright colors. Thank you so much for these beautiful pictures!

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MARITIMER3 3/5/2013 1:43AM

    Looks like very rugged territory. You mention snow melt making everything muddy. I was surprised how little snow was left. The river is beautiful - so blue.

I think it's a good idea to re-set the weight loss ticker from time to time; last year I didn't use it at all and got really careless.

I'm glad you had such a great week-end; hope the week goes well also.


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JENNY888 3/5/2013 1:15AM

    More lovely hike pictures. I always enjoy your hike blogs. Thanks for posting.

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