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Fall Color Photos

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

I love to hike a trail with leaves crunching under foot:

Rocky trail:

Easy trail:

Nature's paintbrush:

Walking along the river's edge:

We saw this bird, anyone know what it is?

Daisy come:

We saw a lot of dead birds along the shore and unfortunately our retriever brought one back to us :-P It looks so nice there:

We saw this dead muskrat and wondered why no animals or birds were feeding on it:

The rocky shore near the weir:

Mom's prize:

Trying to get Daisy to pose:

Mom tries and I get the wasp nest in the photo which is what she wanted:

The very challenging, swampy trail Mom and I take once in a while for the challenge:

Its a very uneven trail, with the scattered boardwalks being uneven and rocking. Unfortunately, Daisy drank some of the brackish water but seemed to suffer no ill effects:

Tree hazards:

Everything sloping at an angle:

Fallen tree with mushroom:

Nature's steps:

There were fresh signs of beaver activity:

Beaver lodge down below:

Love the bridgt colors:

Love the reds:

Hope you enjoyed coming along with me on my little hike :)
Yesterday morning I didn't feel I could handle my favorite boxercise class with the bad elbow/arm so I just did 60 minutes on the elliptical. I decided I would take the Step I and Cardio & Sculpt fitness classes my favorite instructor, Glenn offered.
Of course, he always makes things challenging and interesting and he does his 'beginner' class at a higher rate of speed then normal and the newbies struggled to keep up.
Then came the cardio & sculpt. Not what I expected. Tabata intervals followed by recovery cycles (not so easy these either) and heavy weights working the arms to exhaustion each set emoticon emoticon emoticon
The class was filled with young spandex females and I was the oldest by far except for the instructor and this other guy. I am proud to say I kept up with all the high impact tabata while a lot of the younger ones took breaks or just plain stood around. I am great at cardio, but weak with the upper body of course, so struggled with the weights. My triceps just won't take much and I had to use light weights for those. I was very surprised my elbow/shoulder/arm held up. It was very painful to do the circular motions like the speed bag and some of the punches which leads me to believe I would struggle with my boxercise classes to do all the punches :(
I woke up this morning feeling fine but can imagine I will have some DOMS in another day or so as that class was just so intense. Or perhaps I will get lucky and the hot tub will have eased some of it.
I see the physiotherapist today. I got roped into a bridge game Friday, right in the middle of my time off so I will see if Mom will let me come over anyway and then drive me to bridge that day. The good news it only needs to be a one way trip as Mary can give me a ride downtown and then I can walk to my Mom's on the gorgeous river trail from there :)
Here is to feeling good and riding the endorphins of a sweaty, hard workout :)
Have a Wonderful Wednesday all!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/16/2013 7:40AM

    Thank you for sharing your terrific blog and beautiful pictures with us!!! I love going on walks with you because you always inspire me to do more!!!
Sure hope each day finds you feeling a little better. So sorry you have to endure so much with your elbow and all!!! I sure don't know how you do everything you do. You are such an inspiration to me and to many others, I'm sure!!!
You are in my thoughts and prayers each day.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,

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ENUFF81020 10/16/2013 12:11AM

Your efforts at activity are no less than anyone--it is why I found you way back when because I needed to know someone like you, who would push yourself to new and better places physically in spite of the issues at hand. I'm glad that you could "upstage" the others by just doing what you could do.
Some of that hike looks pretty intense--especially where the walk turns at angles...I don't know how you and your mom manage that with what you describe so easily. Good for you both!
Gentle hugs,

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1BEACHWALKER 10/14/2013 1:35AM

    You showed those spandex girls!! Whoohoo!! Gorgeous fall color hike! Cool bird! Ibis family I think. Enjoy your time off! Hugs

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/13/2013 12:45AM

    I am not a bit surprised you held your own with the spandex girls Linda! What a beautiful area you & mom hiked. These are such special moments for sure. Enjoy this awesome weekend and thanksgiving. What is your thanksgiving traditional meal, is it like ours here in the states ?

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SUNNYWBL 10/12/2013 12:32AM

    Beautiful photos! emoticon emoticon

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REBELBLITZ 10/11/2013 10:29PM

    Thanks for taking us along on your nature trail. That is my favorite thing to do. Now I just need to find someone to take a hike with me around here. emoticon


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TXGRANDMA 10/11/2013 7:08PM

    What beautiful photos! I SO enjoyed reading your blog and seeing the gorgeous scenery all around you. That is the one thing I miss down here, the colors of fall. Certainly don't miss the snow and ice of winter and the excessive mud of Spring, but fall colors is another thing! Of course, I miss my hometown too, but it is changed so much now that I barely recognize it.
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IDLETYME 10/11/2013 1:49PM

    That was a fun walk and great pictures. Thanks for sharing them! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 10/11/2013 12:47PM

    Loved, loved, loved going on your hike with you! Your photos are awesome.
Thanks again for sharing.
Have a terrific evening

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KALIGIRL 10/10/2013 9:28AM

    Amazing workout and emoticon for sharing the pictures!

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EFFIEANNIE 10/10/2013 8:15AM

    So glad to hear you are feeling good even after that intense workout. The pictures are beautiful. You have some nice trails there.

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/9/2013 10:49PM

    Could it be an avocet? Just put your answer in a blog, please.


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WATERMELLEN 10/9/2013 9:52PM

    What a gorgeous hike: thanks for inviting us all along. Love the colours at this time of the year --

All best with those arm issues: my goodness you work hard!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/9/2013 9:28PM

    I love, love, love Nature's Steps!


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REJ7777 10/9/2013 5:41PM

    The Fall is such a lovely time for walks. Great photos!

Could your bird be a Greater Yellowlegs?

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JUNEAU2010 10/9/2013 4:01PM

    The walk and the workouts seem to have lifted your spirits! emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 10/9/2013 1:43PM

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LUVSBULLDOGS 10/9/2013 1:03PM

    Thanks for blogging.

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/9/2013 11:22AM

    Miss the fall season, feel like I was with you

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LUNADRAGON 10/9/2013 9:52AM

    Beautiful but challenging trail. We don't have much color in the leaves yet, but I am sure it's coming! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures, Linda.
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KKKAREN 10/9/2013 9:26AM

    Lovely pictures, I hope your elbow heals quickly!

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FIRECOM 10/9/2013 9:25AM

    Beautiful picture story. Where were the pics taken?

Thanks for the blog.

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KESTRYLL 10/9/2013 9:23AM

    I love these pics, thanks for sharing!

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