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The Bluebird of Healthiness

Monday, April 15, 2013

My husband and I enjoy an activity called Orienteering, where you race through the deep woods, using a topographical map and a compass to find checkpoints that have been previously installed and temporarily marked with bright nylon flags. The two of us proceed at a fast walk, although most are actually RUNNING on the course while navigating and pacing distances.

I prefer these early spring events when the vegetation hasn't sprung up yet; many areas are quite thorny later in the season!

This past weekend we hiked and navigated over ten miles over very rough, steep terrain to find twelve "controls" that day. It was so much fun, although for the first hour "partly cloudy" turned out to be tiny spherical ice pellets falling steadily. By God's mercy it was in the upper twenties, so we didn't get wet at all. And our heavy-tread insulated hiking boots kept our feet comfy and safe.

An exciting bonus for me was seeing a bluebird. In the entirely brown woods it appeared almost impossibly bright. I was elated and stood to listen to the bright song until it flew away. Then I jogged a bit to catch up with the handsome "human GPS" who strode ahead in competition mode.

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I emphasized to myself, "This is the kind of bonus you can enjoy when you are going out of your comfort zone to pursue healthy activities." I'm making a mental note to remember The Bluebird of Healthiness!

I also felt elated that we were able to accomplish this distance plus the climbing exertion. When I knew we still had an hour to go, I felt like bailing out and cutting across to sit in the car while dh finished. But I decided to "gird up my loins" and complete the challenge. I showed myself, I can do more than I think I can.

I am also grateful that I'm not in agony today; just a little calf soreness. Ready for strength-training class tonight!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MAMASUDS 4/27/2013 1:49PM

    I think I would truly enjoy your hobby. Hmmm. I wonder . . .

So happy for you. Thanks for sharing you life with us.


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CAMEOSUN 4/19/2013 4:29PM

    emoticon Beautiful Bird !!

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    What a wonderful hike, I felt it as you told the story. I am seeing the bluebird as quite a beautiful sight. I am glad that you are enjoying your journey to a healthier you. I will have to remember bluebird of healthiness as well. :)

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NANCY- 4/16/2013 8:28AM

    Thank heavens for opportunities and taking advantage of them.
What a wonderful gift you gave to yourself.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 4/16/2013 2:37AM

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WATERMELLEN 4/15/2013 9:22PM

    The bluebird of healthiness indeed: they are such very special birds, and being healthy means we can get out to where they are and (if lucky enough) see one!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/15/2013 6:25PM

    LOVE bluebirds; what a treat to see one!

I also heard a guy on NPR talk about Orienteering, it really sounded like a LOT of fun. What a wonderful activity, thank you for sharing your experience. (Ten miles -- WAY TO GO!)

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SINGER73 4/15/2013 5:54PM

    emoticon aren't you glad you finished and didn't give up emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 4/15/2013 5:31PM

    Fantastic Progress here, FL!:::.... emoticon ...:::and fun with your 'handsome human GPS'....Love your title for him! Lol! emoticon emoticon
....::::oh how I love the birds....:::and to feel their joy that spring is here.
That little bluebird is so pretty.

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MAGGIEVAN 4/15/2013 5:04PM

    The bird is so beautiful. We are hi king quite a bit and if you look at my last 3 blogs (with photos) you will be able to see a bit of New Zealand. Thanks for sharing. I really loved seeing the blue bird.

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