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Yesterday's hike - a stupid thing to do

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

My excuse is that I hadn't been on a hike for about 6 weeks! When I saw the weather forecast for the weekend (rain again, and thunderstorms), I decided to take Friday afternoon off and head to the Beauvais area (North of Paris), despite the very humid heat (35C/95F).

Well, it was a very stupid thing to do. Saint-Paul and the countryside around it were lovely, very green and welcoming (I must go back!)...

I loved Saint-Paul's old church too...

... but really from the start I realised it was going to be hard work.

It was very humid and way too hot for me. We aren't used to the heat in Paris, in total it only gets in the 95s and 100s about one week per year, 10 days at the most. I had brought lots of water, and a good part of the hike was going to take place in the woods, but that wasn't enough. The humidity was terrible. I was walking through clouds of mosquitoes and flies (those cows!!!), and I suspect I swallowed one or two! emoticon

(This plant is called arum maculatum, I showed it to you earlier this Spring at the flowering stage. Its berries are very poisonous!)

Also, my guide had described this hike as 'challenging', and in places it was, even by normal temperatures. I didn't take any pictures of these as I was focused on not falling, but some areas were very steep and extremely muddy. After 45 minutes, I was thinking of taking a break already. And I decided I was going to take all the time I needed, walking slowly, drinking as often as necessary... but still it was tough.

In the village of Saint-Germain, I sat in the shade before what was going to be the most difficult part of the hike according to my book. I had done a little over one third of the hike, but it had taken me twice the time it should have (over 2 hours instead of roughly 1)! I had already drunk almost 2 liters of water and my heart was beating like crazy. Time for a break, definitely!

It took me a while to feel human again! I was soaked. And as I looked at the pictures I had just taken, I saw the last few ones were completely blurred...

See what I mean? I think this helped me to see it was all getting a bit too much and I wasn't enjoying it! And I was not ready for 'the most challenging part' of the hike. So I studied my map to see how I could avoid the very steep and muddy area again, and went back to Saint-Paul, slowly.

The return only took me one hour, and I was glad. I was tired.

When I turned into the last path, the Chemin de la fontaine qui bout (path of the boiling fountain... which I didn't see... it might not exist anymore!)...

I knew Saint-Paul would soon be in view and I felt immensely relieved! And sure enough, a few minutes later, Saint-Paul's church appeared and I was back at my car.

Phew! I took time to relax before driving home, but I was still shaky well into the evening. The problem wasn't dehydration: I had drunk lots of water. But I shouldn't have gone on a hike by such a hot and humid day. Some people can probably do it, but I can't. Lesson learnt!

And now, let's start to think about my next hike!!! It looks like the weather might be good and cool on Wednesday afternoon, and I have lots of holiday left to take, so... maybe Wednesday afternoon, we'll see. You can tell I am already feeling better, can't you? emoticon

Thank you for reading!

P.S. If you like flowers, you might enjoy this blog I did when I visited a painter's garden in the same village, Saint-Paul, a couple of years ago:

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SPARKFRAN514 9/13/2014 7:37PM

    I am excited that I found your blogs it like getting on a plane and traveling with to places i would never see with out sharing . i started with you most recent travels but now will have to go and slowly enjoy all your shared adventures. this one was great with houses churches and lovely gardens

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LOVENHWOODS 8/22/2014 2:53PM

    Wonderful hike! Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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MCJULIEO 8/12/2014 4:26PM

    Lucky you! The heat and humidity will soon be just a memory, and you can hike it again!

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MRSRIGS1 8/9/2014 3:10PM

    I couldn't have done it! Heat and/or humidity are not my friends. But, your walk/hike was lovely as usual. Thank you for sharing.

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CHERYLHURT 8/4/2014 6:52AM

  So incredibly beautiful!

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MSALICAT 8/3/2014 5:45PM

    LOVE France ! (and your photo's) you have inspired me to go out walking with my camera now - unfortunately the images will not be as wonderful as yours though it will make for a good challenge!
Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more of your pictures!

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KMCDON7 8/1/2014 12:33PM

  WOW.... simply beautiful area! I loved Old St Paul's Church.
I live in Ontario, Canada, but if I lived in Paris, I would love to walk with you!!!
We are having a very cool summer this year, which makes walking a lot easier for me!
Good luck!

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GINIEMIE 8/1/2014 7:56AM

    Merci encore une fois pour les belles photos.
Ma chère amie, moi aussi j'ai fait des bêtises dans la chaleur et l'humidité. Je tondais la pelouse en plein soleil, pauvre Erik a eu peur mais il m'a apporté un verre d'eau. Maintenant je tonds la pelouse le soir quand il fait moins chaud et je fais une partie du jardin à la fois.
On dois s'occuper de sois n'est-ce pas.
Gros bisous,
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CORNERKICK 7/31/2014 1:00PM

  Beautiful pics

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    I love the summer but the humidity is certainly a motivation killer for me. Do what you can when you can, I always say.
Thank you for sharing your hike!

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KONRAD695 7/30/2014 10:01PM

    I did a hot one too. Tried running in the in the middle of a hot day with the sun melting me. Ended up in bed with a four hour nap. emoticon

Looks like we're on the same page.

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JLPEASE 7/30/2014 4:11PM

    I LOVE your blogs!!

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MELNJAY3 7/27/2014 9:04PM

    Beautiful pictures. I . Wish we had some place that beautiful around here. Thanks for sharing.

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NELLIEH1 7/27/2014 3:53PM

    Oh, I so want to take these hikes with you! What lovely countryside. Your photographs are beautifully if we were there. Thanks for sharing!!

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YIWEN39 7/27/2014 2:42PM

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You'll enjoy your hike better next time ;-)
Take care!

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KDSTAP 7/27/2014 12:35PM

    How Lovely! emoticon

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QUADCMOM 7/27/2014 8:43AM

    That made me tired just reading about the hike. LOL

Glad you made it back to the car safely. I live in Texas, USA and we get that heat and humidity all summer. We mostly just stay in the house where it is cool.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

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FALLNTENN 7/27/2014 8:11AM

    Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. I'm glad you listened to your body and turned back. If you over did it that day, your recovery period might have been days instead of hours. I hope Wednesday turned out nice for you.

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DOILIEQUEEN 7/26/2014 3:29PM

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. It has been so hot in Southwest Colorado as well. It usually doesn't get this unbearable until August. I don't know how I am going to stand it! I have a hard time getting out to walk in this heat. But I know I need to make myself do it anyways.

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BEWELL48 7/25/2014 5:52PM

    The humidity is a killer! I hate it! I am glad you got back safely! Pictures wonderful as usual. Thank you!

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EGMINGA 7/23/2014 1:36PM

    emoticon glad you made back. I don't do hot and humid weather well either and we get a lot of it here in Atlanta GA. emoticon emoticon

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KAREN91 7/23/2014 12:11AM

    Lovely pictures but be careful with your health! Iowa is very hot and humid in the summer. I walk on the treadmill or walk early in the AM or late at night to avoid the hottest part of the day. I don't do well with the heat and humidity either. emoticon

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DMSGLASS 7/22/2014 6:22PM

    So glad you made it safely back! Thank you for the lovely pictures and taking us on the hike with you. It sounds as though you may have experienced a mild case of heat exhaustion. My husband had something similar happen recently after working in the gardens, despite drinking plenty of fluids and trying to stay in the shade. Be very careful out there!

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LINDAKAY228 7/22/2014 11:33AM

    I have done those hikes that were definitely not the smartest thing to do too! It happens sometimes. In Texas, it's really hot and humid here during the summer and I haven't been able to hike here because I can't handle the heat either. Sometimes I go for walks around some of the areas where I live early in the morning, like 7 am before it's gets too hot. Lots of humidity and temps upper 90's to 102. I can't wait for cooler weather! I hope your hike Wednesday works out much better. The pictures were lovely even if you were exhausted! Glad you got some rest!

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OPALMOON 7/22/2014 11:19AM

    Dear Claire,
Thanks so much once again for sharing your beautiful photos of yet another lovely part of Paris. I am so glad you rested and decided to re-trace your steps before getting ill, which can happen in high temperatures and humidity even if one is drinking a lot of water. I hope you get some cooler weather for your next hike! Take care, and best wishes also to your Mother.
Hugs, Nattacia


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BARBARAJ73 7/22/2014 9:39AM

    emoticon joining your virtual hikes. You were wise to turn around. Alas, the older I get the less I can tolerate the heat/humidity. I turn into a dishrag even walking around the block...

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MILPAM3 7/21/2014 11:37PM

  That shower/bath afterward was probably doubly enjoyable, considering how humid it was.

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TIGGZZZ13 7/21/2014 10:32PM

    I am so glad that you were not injured on your hiking trip. The pictures are beautiful, but one needs to see their beauty from the flower side, not the roots. I know how the heat can simply exhaust a person. I live in the Mohave Valley and our temperatures can get over 125 F and even though you drink water, the heat affects your body as a whole. You were smart in taking breaks and in the shade. I wish you joyful hikes with picturesque skies and foliage.
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/21/2014 9:04PM

    Pretty! BUt I'm glad you went back, sounds like you weren't doing so well on the walk!

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RENATA144 7/21/2014 8:51PM

  Bon jour Claire, I'm happy that you were able to endure your walk in that heat. Thank you for the beautiful photos. Thank you also for showing us that poisonous plant so we go to Stay from it.

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NSCARNEY 7/21/2014 7:42PM

    Beautiful photos! Be careful with that heat and humidity...I want to see more of your walks!

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GRACEOMALLEY 7/21/2014 6:44PM

    Lovely place to walk, but in that heat, with the humidity and bugs and those muddy roads - not exactly a pleasant stroll in those conditions! I'm glad you chose to head back to St. Paul when you did. Take care and remember this outing next time yopu plan a walk on a very warm day.

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FLORIDASUN 7/21/2014 5:59PM

    Very beautiful and soooo inspiring. Do take good care of yourself. Every 1% of humidity makes the temp feel 10 degrees higher! emoticon Believe me living in sunny SW Fl almost in the south tropics reminds me of this daily! Thanks for sharing your wonderful them! emoticon

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FOCUSD 7/21/2014 5:40PM

  Thanks. Wouldn't it be great if the treadmill screens could show you on a nature walk rather than a track field LOL. Loved your blog.

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    Great post and pics

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SPEDED2 7/21/2014 2:51PM

    Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.

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MOMMY445 7/21/2014 2:14PM

    beautiful pictures! thank you for sharing and glad to hear that you made it back okay.

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GRACED777 7/21/2014 1:46PM

    You have a real talent for photography, as well as the common sense to know when to pack it in!

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LOSER_ZIMM 7/21/2014 1:35PM

    I did my hardest hike ever on Saturday. It was 2.5 miles one way up 1200 ft elevation and the terrain was mostly rocky! The view at the top was worth it!


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LIZZIECA55 7/21/2014 1:23PM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing your day with us; the pictures are beautiful!

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KBURGOS05 7/21/2014 12:53PM

    beautiful pictures. Glad you made it back safely.

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/21/2014 12:41PM

    As usual, great pictures. thanks for sharing.

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SHOTOKIDO 7/21/2014 10:55AM

  I would LOVE to do such a stupid thing!

Glad you're ok. emoticon emoticon

Great pictures!

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ADAPTINGANNIE 7/21/2014 10:34AM

    Lovely photos from a rather grueling hike. That darn humidity will get you every time. Thank you for sharing. Hope your Wednesday walk is much more comfortable.

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THINTASTICME 7/21/2014 10:09AM

    Great pictures!

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TERRIMMIX 7/21/2014 9:51AM

    Good thinking. Listening to your body and turning back on an easier path. Lovely photos as usual. Thank you for sharing your walks with us. Even the tough ones. Ü

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GBSLIM 7/21/2014 9:50AM

    emoticon Whew! So glad you made it back safely.
Thank you for sharing such lovely pictures :)

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LCRUMLEY81 7/21/2014 9:45AM

  Great Pictures sorry the hike did not go as planned

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    Thank you for sharing your lovely photos! You COMPLETED and SUCCEEDED your hike. That is awesome. I am with you when it comes to the heat and humidity though.....not my cup of tea! Enjoy your day!!!

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