First Hike of 2014, and New Years Resolution
Friday, January 03, 2014
I don’t usually make New Year Resolutions. But this year I am! I was inspired by hearing a radio interview with Laurie Cahn, author of “I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day.” MY resolution is to try at least one new activity related to health and fitness at least monthly, but preferably every week. I’ll blog about it periodically! (Here’s a link to another interview with Cahn
I heard her interview on the BBC World Service program Outlook, but I could not locate a link to that one)
One sad note: I drove 100 miles after work to visit a former neighbor for her 89th birthday, only to learn she passed away the previous night. Her distraught son had understandably not called to tell me she was admitted to the hospital the day after Christmas. I am so sorry for her grieving son who cared for her in his home. In a weird way, Mae’s death did make me appreciate my mom and my family much more. Mae was cantankerous and feisty, and she drove away many friends and relatives by her frank opinions and frequent intolerance. I knew she was lonely and that her behavior was exacerbated by several strokes, and I tried to contact her weekly. My mom is not like that, she is kind and caring, and mom still has many friends (who visit daily).
On New Year’s day, I hiked the first hike of the season! We hiked Scout Camp loop trail in Crooked River Ranch, it was a beautiful winter day and much warmer than normal at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The views were inspirational! Like most canyon hikes, the slog uphill to ascend from the river at the end was grueling.
Descending into the canyon
Friend in blue jacket descending trail
I'm happy to be at the bottom of a very steep trail!
Climbing over Rattlesnake Rock is the most technically challenging part of the hike! Don (at the bottom) is over 6 foot tall, you have to use handholds and foot holds to make it over. We call it Rattlesnake Rock because a woman was bit by a rattler last year when she put her hand on the top of the rock.
Looking back into the canyon (from the ascent)