Hiking Pilot Butte and Paulina Creek
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Very difficult, stressful and traumatic week at work due to factors beyond my control. I have another week of vacation next week, and I am looking forward to the break, but also dreading the mountain of work that will await my return. I will lose the accrued vacation time if I don’t take it (employer policy). So I will be visiting family and mom again, and I am spending a couple of days in Yosemite with my friend Shelley. I have known Shelley since high school. She likes to hike, but she cannot hike too far or too fast. I am very excited to see Yosemite again.
I hiked up Pilot Butte with Spunky LB earlier in the week. She was faster on the uphill than I am; she has been hiking it twice a week. BUT – NSV! I made it up the hill without having to stop to catch my breath. Yes it was a slow slog in low gear! But no stopping is a huge improvement for me. The hill may not look like much but it is a killer uphill (for me!), and the view from the top is spectacular. You can see the Cascade mountains and snow; downtown Bend; the Ochocos Mountains to the east; Paulina Peak and Newberry Rim to the south. Pilot Butte is a great short aerobic work-out inside our city limits – uphill all the way! I plan to try to do it twice a week once the pollen levels subside to a level where they don’t overwhelm my allergy medications. The trees dotting the hillside are all juniper trees – the pollen is an extreme allergen this time of year.
Today I hiked Paulina Creek Trail with my friends Hanne and Don; we hiked about 5.5 miles. There was more uphill and downhill than I remembered!
McCay Falls along Paulina Creek.
Friends Hanne & Don
Me crossing a log to get to the viewpoint
Trail along the creek
Lunch spot by the creek
I hope I can make better progress with my spark journey for the rest of the month. So far I am exercising well, eating enough fruits and veggies, drinking plenty of water, and going off the rails with overeating due to stress. Not gaining any more weight so far -- but I'm also not losing. I think I can get back on track this next week -- being away from work for a bit will help A LOT.