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HIKING Response to CLAIREINPARIS.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

This is in response to CLAIREINPARIS “Featured Blog”:

Funny, Claireinparis! You just wrote a blog of what happened to me!

It was just this weekend I joined a group hike where hikers were way too fast for me. They were almost running and I was hiking at a moderate 3 mph. I think they must have been going 4 mph, because some of them in the back were running to catch up. Running speed is 5 mph. I certainly couldn't keep more than a 3 mph pace, because I just wasn't fit enough. I marveled at their strength and stamina. I thought, “Maybe next year I’ll be strong enough to keep up”. I did my best to catch up by taking some shortcuts through the brush, but after a while it didn't seem like very much fun. So, I slowed down, regrouped and decided to go my own way. I was at an urban state park which had a beach by the bay. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to end my hike at the beach!”. I followed the high path encircling the bay. The sky was clear blue and the water crystal blue and glistening. I too have a back problem and like you, the scenery was so lovely and serene, it didn’t seem to matter. I rounded the waterway until the beach appeared, but not before a detour. I had to work my way through a mass of mangroves. This place reminded me of when American Indians customarily hid in the Mangroves along with the birds, during hurricanes, more than a century ago. I pretended to be a bird in the brush hiding from the torrential wind and storm. I came out “alive” and giggled. Before me, lay a picture perfect bay. a sandy beach and a flock of Ibis. It was a glorious sight to see. By now, I felt heavy with fatigue and drenched with sweat.. I laid in the warm sand, as close to the cool water as I could. A wave of water flowed through the sand and covered my body. For a moment I shivered and then took a deep breath of relief. I was truly exhausted and fell into a dream filled sleep.

What began as a harried day became the best day ever!

Thanks Clarinparis for inspiring me to write this.
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JANISMKW 4/22/2014 9:26PM

    How beautiful! I love to see ibises when I visit Florida. I've only seen a few at a time, a flock must be amazing!

I find it harder to go as fast as I used to, and forget running. Maybe it's age, but I think stiffness from RA and bad OA in my foot contribute.

All you can do is strive for YOUR best. And maybe hike in that park again!
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SHOOPETTE 3/6/2014 10:19AM

    You stuck to it anyway and that's priceless!

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GARDENCHRIS 3/5/2014 10:41AM

    We all are in very different places physically..... do what you are able to do....and I also loves Claire's blogs!

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EMSSBEARS 3/4/2014 1:39PM

    Thank you for being inspired to write this beautiful blog. I feel like I was there you painted a picture so descriptive of the scenery I almost felt as if I could see it. I am sorry you missed being with your group, but it sounds like your experience was way more rewarding.

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