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Bucket List - Chicago Basin

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Today's Spark Coach assignment had me visualizing 3 things on my Bucket List. It asked which I would go for right now if all things were possible. Well, the problem is I have already completed my Bucket List (the most important being moving to where I live now.) I have always been a dreamer and a goal setter, but it has been difficult the last few years because we seem to have been in survival mode. In addition, I really have been working on being available to do what God wants me to do at a moments notice rather than following my own selfish ambitions.

That said, I decided to journal a small Bucket List. The item I chose to visualize is being able to hike to Chicago Basin. It is an overnight hike from the cabin my family bought when I was 15, and I always hoped I'd get in good enough shape to do it someday.

Well, my mom tells the story of getting partway up that trail and something going out in her hip that made it very difficult to get home. She knew nothing would ever be the same again and, in fact, has subsequently had two hip replacements. She was younger than I am now.

This summer, after doing some Geocaching, I started having some trouble with my hips and I felt like I had waited too long and I'd never make it to the basin either. Well, since my journey back to good health began, I have been exercising my core (some) and stretching and massaging my IT bands to keep my hips from sliding around in the sockets so much. Turns out, most of my pain is actually IT band related. I also have hope to get to a reasonable weight for hiking, reasonable stamina to make it up at high altitude, and energy to stay motivated. All I can say is THANK YOU LORD for the HOPE you put in our hearts.

I am training for a 5K in April, but I think I'll start hiking in the beautiful mountains right outside my own front door with my husband TODAY if it isn't too cold. Maybe I'll make it to the basin this summer, maybe it won't be until next summer, but at least I feel good that the opportunity will be there if I work towards it!

What's the next item on YOUR Bucket List?


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D-ABBY 5/18/2013 1:39PM

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I would be interested in hearing more about this IT band. I have some hip issues, and my 19 y.o. GD is having issues big time. I am wondering if what you speak of might be her issues, and what the exercises and massage is that is helping the issue. Hugs to you. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration.

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MSKRIS7 3/29/2013 8:30AM

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JULIERAE41 3/25/2013 2:40PM

    I hope you reach your goal! Your attitude is amazing!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/25/2013 10:37AM

    The main item on my bucket list is to go to Scotland. But that doesn't look like it will be anytime soon:(

I have found that much of the pain I have been experiencing has been due to my IT band too. I've been rolling on it using the foam roller and that has helped.

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MOMGETSSPARK 3/25/2013 9:00AM

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful view. My husband is helping me achieve a dream I have of returning to Europe to share it with my youngest who doesn't remember our time we lived there too well. This summer we will walk in Germany once again and tour many cities and sites.

I am building my muscles as well as I have a bad knee, but we'll take it slow and enjoy the beauty of nature and the people.

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MERRYMARY42 3/24/2013 7:32PM

    I really want to do the walk across America, from the Atlantic in VIrginia to the Pacific in Oregon, I have done it virtually and want to do the real thing, we will see.

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/24/2013 7:23PM

    More hiking is on my to-do list. Most exciting plan so far is some hiking on Maui next November! Many Colorado hikes before then ... But have to wait till summer. Someday I want to get to Alaska, too! (son may climb in Denali Park next summer!!)
Keep making healthy choices, and you'll find your goal is closer than you think! God Bless You!

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LINDA! 3/24/2013 6:17PM

    Sounds great!

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 3/24/2013 4:51PM

    Sounds like a wonderful plan. I want to ride the motorcycle into Canada and around.

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NOTSPEEDY 3/24/2013 4:42PM

    Is the picture of the trail to Chicago Basin? Looks like a beautifal place to hike with the river below. I was 45 before I climbed a 14er so don't put it off. You can do it.

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PMFISH 3/24/2013 4:10PM

    I am sure your day will come and you will mark that off your bucket list. My list is not so elaborate. Just want to be able to walk our beautiful beaches again for more than 2 minutes. Thank goodness I marked a lot off my list in my earlier years.

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CYCLINGSANDY 3/24/2013 3:51PM

    I know you can hike that trail. It was too cold here for my bike ride, but I hope you were able to hike.

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GODS_TEMPLE 3/24/2013 3:10PM

    Oh, I would love to be in good enough shape to hike the Grand Canyon. It is so beautiful from the top...North and South rims...but to be able to go down through God's handiwork would be fantastic!

I hope your new bucket list gets done before too long! emoticon

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LJCANNON 3/24/2013 2:17PM

    emoticon Definitely get out there and Hike with Hubby if you can! It will be good Motivation & Practice for when you get to the Basin.
emoticon Going to Alaska and Hiking in the Grand Canyon are High on My Bucket List. Number One is Swimming With Sharks, but that will be a Long While in the Future, I think!!

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EDITOR 3/24/2013 1:08PM

    emoticon My husband waited too long to chalk off on his Bucket List doing the Appalachian Trail. I am glad to see this is a vision that won't leave you alone.

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    Sounds like a great plan. Wishing you well on your adventure!

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