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6/15/15 12:51 P

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Thank you!

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6/15/15 11:39 A

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Yes, BELLE, it is meetup.com. You type in your city and your interest. I took a look for Lancaster and there were just a couple hiking options- not as many as in the Pgh area.

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Are you talking about the meetup.com groups? Which one for hiking? I'm in Lancaster county.

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Thanks for the encouragement to give it a try. I was a bit intimidated seeing the pictures on the FB page so hearing your story encouraged me to give it a try!

PS when I just went to follow the FB page, the first post was about meeting a rabid fox on the trail and the next about what to do about snake bites! A bit more than intimidating! Ha!

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Rathpat, I am not a trail runner. I mostly hike the trails myself as my knees are not that strong either. But I have found great support on the trail challenges I do. It does not matter how slow you are, only that you finish. And the people at the aid stations are great as well. Plus I have noticed that my knees have gotten better since I have started hiking.

Hope you are able to find some nice trails to hike. Also if you are looking for flat, check to see if there are any rails to trails in the area. And there is the Great Allegheny passage which starts in Pittsburgh. I know because I am going to Connellsville in July which is close to Pittsburgh and it passes through there. I am looking forward to exploring that a little. You can find maps, just google it.



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I love the Meetup Groups, I have met a lot of wonderful people and went on a lot of great hikes that way. Also if you are on FB, look up "Hiking and Backpacking Pennsylvania" and post questions there. Tons of hikers to help and maybe hike with.

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Thanks for the info on the trailrunners, PSCHOTAZ, I'm not sure I could keep up with them and my problem with running in PIttsburgh is all the hills. Hills kill my knees. I need to run on flat areas (almost impossible to find in Pgh!) but from that FB search, I found a site of Allegheny Valley hiking trails. I can walk hills so that might be a good option for me. LAURANA, if you ever do make it to Pittsburgh, let me know.

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If you have facebook, check out the group page for Allegheny Trailrunners. They post all the time about races around the Pittsburgh area. And I am sure if you posted there they could give you options of good trails to hike.





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6/1/15 7:34 A

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I haven't been in Pittsburgh in a long, long time. I'm not all that far away - just ten miles north of State College/Penn State - but I'm a caregiver and cannot be away all day. If I ever am free again I'll come and spend a day in Pittsburgh, like I used to do long ago.

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Thanks DEEA! Yes, PIttsburgh is a great city. Both my kids are there. I went on-line looking for hiking clubs in the area and found the site meetup.com. They have a number of hiking groups which is nice because someone else plans the hike (!) and you have people to hike with. I"m looking forward to that.

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5/30/15 8:51 A

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Pittsburgh is a really great city, my youngest son and his family live there. He went to undergrad and graduate school at U of P and never came home again (except for visits). There is so much to do and see! I'll ask him if he knows of any great hiking trails.

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Belated, very belated response to Changinghorses here...a hike/walk today in about an hour from now - gotta get going. We're checking out the rail trail that starts behind Penn State and, so we hear, can take us to Bellefonte. We don't yet know if the entire Bellefonte Central Rail has been made into a trail yet, but we hear tell that Joe Paterno used to walk to Bellefonte and back via this route.

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I am moving back to the Pittsburgh area in August so if you have any nice hikes to recommend in that area, let me know. I just signed up for a hiking group in Pgh on meetup.com. Then among the many other groups the site offered me was " Piitsburgh's Authenic American Tribal Style Belly Dancing." I have tried lots of different physical activities including Middle Eastern Belly dancing but this sounds like a whole other experience!

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5/3/15 2:44 P

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That is awesome news Laura! You are getting back into action and the eagle's nest! Yesterday I ran a half-marathon at Danville along the river and at about the halfway point I looked up and there was an eagle flying above me! That was the highlight of my run, it was beautiful to see. I love seeing eagles and have seen many in my life, always a marvel.

Keep up with your hikes lady and let's get out there again soon!

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Wake up! Get this threat back in action!

Last Saturday I hiked up Nittany Mountain with women from Curves. I was the Barefoot Hiker. The Magic Feet did their thing. Some guys passed us, and one of them said, "Barefoot hiker!" And some women passed us, and one of the women recognized me from having seen me in State College in the middle of winter with only sandals on.

Good hike, but I was seriously whipped. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, which I've read about on Spark People. I'm majorly out of shape and have gained weight from stress eating. I was really sore and stiff. I know an old lady who needs to start over and build strength and endurance.

Today we hiked in Spring Creek Canyon. Even though that's an easy hike I was still tired afterwards. I'm in pretty bad shape, and I need to rebuild strength and health.

The exciting news is that there is an eagles' nest at Fisherman's Paradise! I'd always heard that the bald eagles were on the way to extinction, but that here and there they are making a comeback.

There was a man with telescopes set up. One had a camera attached. Way way over there up high was the eagle's nest. And I could see bits of white. And when I looked through the telescope there was the mother eagle! There she was with her white head and brown feathers. I couldn't see the babies in the nest at this time. But for the first time in my life I saw an eagle, a real live eagle.

I'd never expected to see an eagle like that in my lifetime. I'd heard that they were going extinct and would die out along with me. But there was the eagle, so lovely with her white head and brown feathers, just a couple of miles from my house!

Since I live so close I intend now to turn down the road and keep an eye on that nest, and watch with binoculars and see how this eagle family fares.

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Laura, you are correct it was Zindel. That would be a good hike to do to get back on track. It is challenging, but not to challenging. I might be going out there on Sat, but not for a long hike. My sister wants to see the old house made out of stone brought back from Italy and the reservoir. She is not a hiker so we will not be going on any of the trails. But maybe we could do something either the 23rd or 24th. The goat path only takes less than 2 hours, but we could do gut check as well, although I have only been on it once and am not to confident on that trail, but could probably figure it out how to get back to the reservoir from that trail.

I am kinda glad that my Dad is in the nursing home. When he came home after the first long hospital stay, my Mom got really run down trying to take care of him. So for my Mom's health it is better he is there. He is also getting therapy every day, which he would not get if he were at home. And I am glad that there are things that my Mom is able to do, so that she will not be in danger of losing either her house, or ours to the nursing home.



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8/11/14 9:24 P

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Hello, both Kathy and Dee! We were talking about where to go, and I was thinking of McElhatten and that, uh, I hate being an old lady with Nominal Aphasia so that I lose names, the park with the letter Z, is it Zindel? or Zinfandel? Is this something that the three of us could arrange?

Kathy, I can empathize. My ol' Sweetie is not in the nursing home yet, but there will come a time when it happens....

I realize that after completing the Hyner in 2013 and then the Sproul, I deteriorated. Too much caregiving and too many things going wrong, and I fell apart and deteriorated. It takes so much time and effort to get healthy, but things can fall apart so very fast. I'm starting over again, back to Square One. I'm slow now and working on building my strength and endurance back up again, and working on beating diabetes once again.

I absolutely MUST walk or exercise every day. This is vital for health.

It would be great if the three of us could get together again and get that hike in somewhere!
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Hey there Kathy! We were wondering how you were doing, good to hear from you. I'm sorry you are having a difficult time and hope you find relief soon. Take care of yourself. Maybe we could hike sometime soon. You say when.......I'll try and make it work.

Laura, I enjoyed our short hike and look forward to doing it again soon. Fall is on it's way and I would love to go to Bear Meadows again, even just up the jeep road to the overlook would be nice.

I have my 18.12 Challenge in 2 1/2 weeks and that oughta be good. I hope that I can finish in the allotted time of 4 hours. I'm a bit nervous, but I think I can do it. I am gonna be one sore girl when that is done. I foolishly signed up for a half-marathon a week later, at least that has no time limit.

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Glad you guys are getting out. I am still spinning twice a week, but have not been running or hiking much. I think my back and hips are finally starting to losen up and feel better. Just have to find the time. My Dad is in a nursing home, probably for good, so I am kept busy helping my Mom out and driving her up just about every evening to visit him.





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This thread has been asleep for a while....

Changinghorses came to visit, and we went for a not-too-strenuous hike up a green wooded, green plant hill. I could tell that I've gotten horribly out of shape, overweight and out of condition. I have to get busy walking and hiking again if I don't want to get diabetes.

What a lovely day it was!
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Yes in deed, running season is starting. I have done lots of snow hiking this winter and it is tough! I will be snow/ice hiking this weekend again along the AT at Little Gap. Should see temps in the 40's and the snow will start the big melt. Woohoo!

We will try and see what we can come up with, maybe we can get somewhere closer to you.

Hope things go good for your Dad.

Keep pushing!



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I am so ready for spring as well. Hoping to get out to the trails soon to start gearing up for Mile Run and Hyner challenge. I sprained a tendon in my foot during the Snowfest challenge. Hiking in over 6 inches of snow was rough.

April is going to be a busy month for me. I have just about every Sat booked right now with either a trail race or a 5K. Plus not sure how busy I am going to be. Looks like my Dad is going to have to have another round of chemo and radiation, so I will be busy looking after my parents as well.

I am looking forward to hitting the trails again, just going to be hard to find the time.



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3/2/14 5:51 P

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Hiking vs snow shoeing season is right around the corner ladies! Are you ready? I know that I am. I want to see dirt under me feet now, no more snow!

Let's pick a date in April to get out on the trails again.

What do you say?

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I am sick right now again, so no playing in the snow for me. I feel lousy and I am going to be a good girl and call the doctor as soon as the office opens today. Meanwhile, I will dream of greener mountains and browner trails.
Good Luck on Saturday Kathy!
Ricketts Glen is a beautiful place. I think I will add it to my list this year also.
Susan, I have never been to Codurus but I understand it is pretty. We are lucky to have so many State Parks here in PA. They are a wonderful resource.
Laura, hang in there, better days are coming. Try and enjoy some of the sunshine today even if it is just for a drive.

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I, too, an stupendously ready for spring. I'm having a problem dealing with winter this year. I don't know if it's the fact that I'm an old person, or if I'm just too stressed and burned out from caregiving.

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I am so ready for spring. Sunday I am doing snowfest and looks like we will have plenty of snow to hike in. Looking forward to getting out more. One of my friends just said she wants to hike rickets glen twice this year. I am excited. I love that trail with all the waterfalls.

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Good for you, embracing winter. I'm finding it hard this year. The caregiving is becoming onerous, and I find it difficult to do what I need to do for myself. And maybe because of my age I'm finding the cold hard to take.

But then, I think everyone else does, too. That polar stuff was pretty hard to deal with. Once it got into the low 30's I felt more like normal.

Snowshoes! They aren't strap-on tennis racquets any more! I see that you can even get Running Snowshoes. Running! I would have never thought that you actually run with those things.

My hiking poles have these thingummies near the points that can be changed. I suspect that the wide things are for hiking through snow.

I want to get moving again.

Now I'm gonna hop over to the Caregivers' SparkTeam and grumble a bit.

Dee, I'm looking forward to seeing you again.

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More snow on the way! More skiing and snow shoeing on the way! Trying to embrace the Winter and feeling like I am, but make no mistake, I can't wait for Spring!

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Would love to do it at Codorus State park, but not with the ice and snow. Hopefully in the spring, if it will ever come!

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Oh yuck, Dee...so the cold is hard on your lungs and asthma. I'm having a hard time with this cold weather. I have a tendency to hypothermia, well, not real hypothermia which means that the body is 95 degrees or less, but I go down to 96 degrees, and twice I got into the 95.something range. I can really feel it when I drop below the proper 98.6.

Sooner or later, sooner or later the weather will finally get better....

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I am trying to make the best of the winter weather, I have been X-C Skiing 3x in the past two weeks and I am hiking in spite of the cold and snow. No running right now but I can live with that. I love winter hiking and not worrying about the bugs or poison. I hate that I can't stop and enjoy the view because I will freeze my tush off. I hate that I have to wear so many layers of clothing, but I love my down vest! I hate that my water freezes when I am out there, but the hot coffee after the hike is so wonderful! The hot shower feels the best at this time of year too, after being out in the cold.
January is almost done so we are getting through it. Spring is right around the corner!
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Good on you, Kathy! And whoop-de-doo that you're going to do the Hyner!!

Great also that the cold doesn't bother you. (I'm having a hard time with it. but maybe it's because I'm old.)
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I'm still around. I haven't died yet. But caregiving and handicapping ADD/ADHD have me pretty paralyzed right now.

Bleaghhh!

I glanced quickly at your posts. I'll get back as soon as I feel like a human bean again....

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Hey Kathy! Good to hear you got out on the trail again, hope all is well otherwise. Enjoy the Hyner! I am thinking about the Greenwood Furnace Trail Challenge in May. So many choices, so little time.

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I was out hiking yesterday afternoon and the cold, the hills and the snow really put a hurting on my breathing. The lungs did not like and I needed my rescue inhaler twice. I think it was frozen the first time so I'm not sure I got any of the medicine on the first go round. From now on it stays in my pocket not my pack. I'm giving it another go today before more snow comes.

Enjoy your weekend ladies! Stay warm!

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Hello there...I have to say that the cold weather is getting to me. And I have to say that all the caregiving I'm doing is also getting to me. I'm being patient and knowing that things will eventually change.

I also got the news today that a cyberfriend of mine has died. It was not a surprise. I knew that he had terminal lung cancer. But I'm feeling kind of crappy today.

Tomorrow, hopefully, there will be more vigorous exercise.

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Glad to see you are both still staying active. I went hiking for the first time since July last Sunday. I did a 3.5 mile hike with 2 friends of mine. I think we are doing the same trail again this Sunday.

I guess I am lucky because the cold really does not bother me. In fact Wednesday night I ran 1.5 miles outside in the cold. I do make sure I wear layers and keep my face covered so I don't breathe in to much cold. I am really starting to gear up for Hyner. My goal is to do it in under 8 hours this year. I am also doing Snowfest at R.B. Winter State park on February 9th. That is 3.5 miles and I really want to do it in under an hour.




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Hang in there Laura! I imagine that is pretty difficult some days but I have found that we are tougher than we realize. Keep trying to make time to take care of yourself as best as you can. I remember care-giving for a short period of time and I thought some days that I just could not take anymore. It can be very frustrating and exhausting.

I still have not used my snow shoes yet this year but I did use my x-c skis last weekend. What fun! Other then that, I have been in somewhat of a funk myself. Winter is a tough time for me, but I try and make the best of it. Right now it seems to be getting the best of me.

I am hiking on Saturday though on the Appalachian Trail here at home. 11 miles or so.

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Hello hello hello! I did go out was it last Sunday when I thought it was warm because the Polar Vortex had left. I did my Sissy 5K, but this time I did a low impact jog instead of walking and did a 19 minute mile which is a record for me.

Someone on Spark People mentioned Leslie Sansone Walk At Home videos. Exercise videos are something new for me (even though Coach Nicole has vids on Spark People). I found a whole bunch of Leslie Sansone and other vids on YouTube.

Well, whoop-de-doo. I've found something that is not the same, obviously, as climbing mountains or heavy-duty hiking, but OTOH it does build endurance. I've been using these vids here in my kitchen - that's the neat thing about these Leslie Sansone videos - they can be done in a small space. I work up quite a sweat doing this. I did the 19 minute mile after having worked on building endurance in my kitchen.

I'm tired and worn out as a caregiver. I'm glad we do have a Caregiver Team here at Spark People. Allan broke his foot this week, and it means more doctors doctors doctors. Still I did get a hard half hour walk in this evening.

I was just thinking about you and snowshoes. I thought snowshoes are like big weird tennis racquets, But apparently I'm wrong. Apparently there are now new snowshoes that don't look like tennis racquets.

I saw that you responded to one of the MeetUp Women's Outdoor Adventure hikes. Right now I feel OVERWHELMED with caregiving and one thing after another. I do want to get a group of Slow and Steady Hikers happening, but right now I am in no position to be dependable. Too many emergencies and disasters happen in this house, and there are just too many doctor appointments.

I was about to write to you, but you read my mind!

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How's my Bellefonte Belle doing these days? Hope that you are getting out there when you can in this crazy winter weather.
I have been doing what I can. Time constraints and sickness have some times gotten the best of me though. I am going out with some friends here at home on Sunday for a good long hike. Maybe tomorrow I can get out for a short hike or run if the weather cooperates. I am ready for Spring. This winter is nuts. It snows but stick around long enough to enjoy, before you know it it's raining and icy instead. Right now it's all mud but tonight we are looking at snow.
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Ooooh my! I went to see the Knee Doctor yesterday for my two year checkup on the Brass Knee.

The Brass Knee is doing fine, the doctor says. And I'm in good shape. Of course I had to brag about going to Shingletown Gap and going up and up and up those rocks.

The doctor is familiar with those rocks, he's been out there. On the one hand he was congratulating an old lady such as myself for being able to get to the top of that awful rock pile. OTOH he was concerned that I could fall. And of course he's right. I don't have quite the balance of a younger person. It's not that the Brass Knee won't work, it's my age he's concerned about.

I assured him that I went slowly and made sure I had a grip and that my feet were placed. The doctor was torn between being pleased that I can do this at my age and not wanting me to fall.

And of course a fall would either be fatal or would result in lifelong and crippling injuries and most likely major brain damage.

The doctor encouraged me to hike on trails, and congratulated me again.

As for my daughter, she said that if I had indeed fallen and been killed or injured beyond recovery, well, on the one hand she'd grieve, but on the other hand...Hey! Mother Did What She Wanted To Do!! My Mother Is Out There With Her Friend, Doing This Great Thing. Mother isn't sitting home in a rocking chair like an old granny fading away. Go for it!

This cold has me staying indoors. But somebody on Spark People talked about Leslie Sansone's walking at home videos, and I went to YouTube and found a load of indoor walking workouts.

Yes, of course, walking inside isn't the same as going up a mountain or hustling up and down Bellefonte's hills. But these videos do have me working HARD and getting that endurance built up. I'll be curious to see if by building endurance in the house I will find that when I go out I will have more endurance and will be able to build up some speed.

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Yes, Bellefonte does have a lot to offer. I'm looking forward to getting out when the weather is nice and the trees are all full of new leaves.

An Ugly Sweater Race! Oh boy, I get that the idea is that you wear your most awful ugly sweater and go and have a good time? Some time I want to find out what a mud race is and see if it might be fun.

I finished shoveling snow, and then I went for a short-ish walk, .64 miles, around the block and around the periphery of the parking lot at the Willowbank Building. I will do some WalMart walking in a bit. I always rack up some steps when I go to WalMart.

Those speedy Outdoor Adventure Women are wanting to go snowshoeing. They are thinking of snowshoeing around the periphery of the golf course next to Penn State. It's pretty much flat. Or is that how it's supposed to be? Do people go climbing up mountains with snowshoes?

And in a little while I'll go out and get to WalMart and then have the afternoon with my best friend.
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That a wonderful walk/site seeing excursion! Bellefonte is a beautiful town with super hills and lovely architecture! Glad we did that yesterday, snowing like the dickens today.

I ran the Ugly Sweater 5k in the snow this morning! First time that I ever ran a race in the snow. What a hoot! Lungs were uncooperative and I had to do some walking, finished in 33:02 (pretty slow), 2nd place in my age group (not a very big race). But, as we say, I am beating depression and weight gain! I am still lapping those on the couch.

A nice hot shower and now I will enjoy the snowstorm and wrap gifts and write out Christmas cards.

Keep warm!

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Gentle Urban Hike with ChangingHorses yesterday! It was gentle because we were sightseeing more than exercising vigorously.

Whoop-de-doo! I could have gone to a Christmas party, but that would have meant being horribly tempted by holiday food, and having to socialize in a group where I don't really have much to socialize about or talk about. It was much nicer and better to walk around Bellefonte and look at the nice old buildings we have here.
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Another good day for you? A mountain hike before you got to the wedding? Yesterday was another lovely day. I did some leaf raking and some yard work. I wanted to be outside on such a nice day. Today I will have to pay the price and do some inside work, get this kitchen cleaned up.

No real walking for me, though, at least not this morning. I'd signed up for that really boring walk/run around the high school track early in the morning, but there's no way I can do it. I have this Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness I'd read about here on Spark People. I don't feel up to driving to State College and then hustling with those fast women, even though it's all right for me to fall behind.

I see from the weather map that rain is on the way. But it's not here yet, and it will be raining in the evening. So I might do a gentle walk here in the neighborhood. Keep moving a bit, but not hard today.

Dee, I really do appreciate it that you are willing to go out hiking with me. You have the experience and speed, and it's good of you to come with someone who is slow.

I'm feeling really good about what we did. That was one great hike!
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Ha! Ha! The was some huge pile of rocks! Yes, there really is no trail going up over it. We know why don't we? We will have to explore the rest of the area and just laugh at the rock pile when we walk past it again!
You did very well Laura! I am proud of you for even making the attempt, many people would not even consider it. You conquered it!
I am happy to get out there with you! Saturday was just as gorgeous here in Central Pa as Friday was. I hope that you got out some in town. I had a nice walk up the mountain here before leaving for the wedding, very pretty morning.
Looks like rain today but I will get out there.
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Well! Wow! Oh my goodness! Dee and I did it! We climbed up a humongous ginormous mountain of rocks, big honkin' fat boulders!

I think Dee deserves a medal for being my mentor and trail companion in this.
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I asked Nice Mr. Google, and I found a map of the trails in the area. I'd say we went some three miles. I see that the trail goes around alongside the mountain, and a couple of other trails branch of and go up to the top of the mountain where you can go around the mountaintop.

There is no trail depicted at the southwest (I think that's the direction) end of that stinkin' big fat mountain. That whole end is all rocks. All great big fat monster boulders. You climb those boulders, one rock at a time, and look around, thinking you've gotten there, but no. Look up. You haven't even begun to reach anything near the top. Keep going. No, we aren't there yet. One rock after another.

I said to Dee that it is "Wonderful-Awful". There is a local group of outdoorsy women who are very athletic and sporty, and they just went tearing up those rocks a month or two ago. For them it was easy, all in a day's work. They're runners, and they can go fast. But for me at my age, and the fact that I've been hiking for only a little more than a year, it was super challenging and slow work. Both "What on earth am I doing here? How did I get here?" and "Wow, isn't this simply astounding! Isn't this breathtaking!" This view is amazing!". It was one of those things I felt glad to be doing, and at the same time wondering if I was crazy.

Eventually we did get to the top, and we could see for miles and miles. It was a great hike, and as we came down a switchback we found such lovely huge rhododendrons and big hemlock trees.

I'm so glad Dee suggested this hike today. And the weather was perfect! It was a great day,
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Thanks, Dee, for being such a nice friend.
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The weather should be somewhat mild today. Low 50's, at least here on the ground. Up on the rock pile it might be cooler, but still not quite as chilly as the last time we were out. I'm still in the process of learning what to bring, what to wear, all that good stuff.
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Woohoo! Let's go hiking! See you at noon!

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Well...there you are. The woman fell, and she was alone. As much as I'd like to go hiking whenever I am in the mood, I really will need to wait until I can go with someone else. I'm just old enough and not as steady as I'd like to be. There have been several time when I would have lost my balance and fallen if I hadn't had my poles to steady myself.

I'd be delighted if we can arrange for Dee and me to join you, Kathy, at Zindel Park.

And Dee, I'll be there at noon, ready to get to work on that great big rock pile.

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Zindell park is in McElhattan. About 5 to 10 minutes outside of Lock Haven. The goat path is only about 3-4 miles, but there are some other trails that can make the hike longer. I don't believe anyone hunts near the hiking trails. It is on city property and tons of people use the trails everyday. I have never seen any deer near the trails, only rattle snakes and porcupines. I have heard people running into bear around there, but I have not had that experience yet, thank god.



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Where exactly is Zindel again? Maybe we can put this on the list for a Saturday and you (Kathy) can show us around. I can't this weekend though, have a wedding to go to out of town. Is this a county park? Is there any hunting there? How big is it?

Laura I am still on track for Friday at noon.

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There is a path that is pretty tame without much elevation. I prefer the goat path which is somewhat technical in spots and that is the trial I want to do this Sunday. My mom does not like me to go alone either. A lot of people use the path so I usually don't worry to much. But we did have a lady a month ago fall off the trail and she was hiking alone. Local hikers found here just in time to safe her life. They said if she would have been lost for another hour she might have died from hypothermia.

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Zindel, now that's a park that I want to discover. Something I need to find is a trail that I can go on by myself and not have to worry about falling on rocks - my daughter howls at me that I must not try to go up Nittany alone, and I do have to agree with her.

I don't think I will race in the Hyner this coming year. I have so much caregiving to do now that I don't see my way clear to train properly. I do go out, I go out a lot, but I don't like to be too far away or out for too long. Caregiving is top priority now.

But I do want to find out about Zindel. Are the trails there safe enough that I can go alone and not worry about falling?

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Hey guys, glad to see you still out hiking. Can't do Friday, I work till 4:00, but thanks for asking. I am thinking of doing Zindel this Sunday just to get out on the trails. Time to start thinking of Hyner. Also if you guys are free on Black Friday, they do a big group hike at hyner that day. You can choose to either do the whole Hyner course or only parts of it. I was thinking of doing just 6 miles of it. I can post details if you are interested.

I did run a 5K two weekends ago and am running another 5K next weekend. I have not been running as much as I should because of Planters Fasciitus in my left foot. But I am spinning 3 to 4 times a week, so I have not lost any of my fitness.



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Okey doke, I'll be at Shingletown at noon, ready to climb those rocks. I can do it as long as I'm not expected to race and beat other people to the finish line. I told my friend to tell his wife who has our book club that I won't be there on Friday. She understands that I need to exercise to keep the pre-diabetes really pre and gone. My weather app says that Friday will be zero precipitation, with a high of 53, which is good for hiking.

We're in business! Anyone else in the central PA area? Kathy? Anyone want to come along?

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Shingletown Gap it is! I got the area pretty much figured out and I have a map. We are good. We will take the rock scramble IF you want to. It is rather fun and really not that hard. We can take our time and enjoy the climb and the views. No racing.
What time can you meet? Noon again?

Anyone else in the State College area want to join us on Friday? I can't wait.

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The woods it is! The only question is, which woods? I'm more familiar with Nittany. Shingletown will still be new to me since I dropped out of the hike and turned back. Do you know Shingletown well enough, or have the map?

I gather you're thinking of Victorian Christmas here. How nice it is depends on the weather, of course.

We have our first snow, too. It's not awful, though. The streets are clear, the snow is on the lawns and gardens. I have to take Allan to have his wrist operated on this morning. I hope I can get out and walk to Curves this afternoon.

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Well Laura, we can do whichever you prefer. You have a lot of great ideas going on. The woods is always a nice healing place but I also enjoy walking town on occasion. Bellefonte sounds like a great walkable town with lot's of interesting things to see. I definitely want to do this. I was also thinking about checking out the Christmas Festival that they do, it sounds lovely. I could use a little boast of Christmas spirit.

Maybe we should "take to the woods" once more before the snow sets in and save Bellefonte for a winter walk when the mountain is not as easily accessible. Seems to make sense. What do you think? Even with 4-wheel drive, those mountain roads make me nervous when covered in snow.

Either will be great! I am feeling a little bit better but still have not had any serious exercise in days. Doctor says, I am doing the right thing. Ugh. I just want to get out and run. We have snow on the ground here this morning.

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I'd be delighted to see you. I can make myself free (not going to book club at noon) as long as we have no sudden medical incidents arise with Allan.

Now, do you want to climb mountains? If mountains are beckoning, then either Nittany or Shingletown will fill the bill. If we go to Shingletown, would we be climbing up the rocks? I do believe I can climb those rocks, but I will be slow. I can go up them, but it will take me a long time, too long a time to have hiked with those swift-flying women. But I can do it if others are patient with me.

Now, Bellefonte...that would not be mountain climbing, it would be walking in or near town. No rocks or challenging things like that. Town walking, sidewalk walking. And we would want to decide just how hard we want to make the walk.

You'd come to my house and park in the nice handy-dandy parking lot in back (there used to be a beauty shop in this house, and there's parking, and the beauty shop is now my studio, or it was my studio but right now it's where I toss clutter). We'd head down Willowbank Street and then up Stoney Batter. At that point we'd decide, the Scenic Route, the Evil Hill Route, or Herbie's Hometown Loop.

Bellefonte has lovely old buildings. State College has torn lots of old things down, but Bellefonte has started preserving their old places. (They started too late. They tore down lovely old places to build the YMCA and the bank, which are out of place.) I tell people, when you're walking through Bellefonte be sure to look up. Beautiful upper windows and roofs.

The Evil Hill route would take us over the Seven Hills o' Bellefonte (and probably Halfmoon Hill, which is UP). If Italy has the Seven Hills of Rome, Centre County has the Seven Hills o' Bellefonte, so named by my daughter, and those hills are up and down and up and down. When I trained for the Hyner I hustled back and forth over those miserable hills. The Women's Adventure Club does an Urban Cardio Hike that takes them over these stinkin' hills.

I could map out a route that includes both the scenic streets and one way over those awful hills. (And we'd be on High Street, where the Cafe on the Park is, but they close at 2 or when the food runs out, whichever comes first; and Cool Beans Coffee Shop which I also want to support. Your money is no good here, you aren't from Bellefonte, so it's my treat.)

Herbie's is easy for me now. It starts with a really nasty but short hill, but after that there's a lot of flat stretches and a couple of easy hills and ending with, well, Spring Street is coming down and then a brief-ish up and another down. It's easy for me and would be easy for you, and we'd see Outer Suburban Bellefonte, and Curtin Street, which is the nice tony neighborhood - I live in a working class neighborhood on the main drag. I enjoy doing the Herbie's Race because it raises money for a good purpose, and it makes me feel all good and Bellefont-y, and it commemorates our Native Son who got killed in the Virginia Tech shooting. (His sister has written a book. I found it at a yard sale and bought it because the money goes to this do-good fund. I do believe that this young man who got killed may well have come into the dairy store where I worked for 10 1/2 years - his family drank our milk - and he was a classmate of the farmer's son.) But I think Herbie's is just too easy, and although Curtin Street is lovely (I have friends up there in a particularly interesting house), I don't think the Herbie's Loop should be our first choice.

Another possibility is to go down Willowbank Street and through Talleyrand Park. I love our park! I'm so grateful that I live in a little town that has a such a beautiful park within walking distance! And then we'd head out walking along the road to Coleville. I didn't realize Coleville was that close. Driving is so different from walking, and since there's Halfmoon Hill between Coleville and the Bush Addition where I live (but the Bush Addition has a Bellefonte address and telephone number, and you wouldn't realize that I'm actually in Spring Township rather than the Borough of Bellefonte), I didn't realize how close Coleville is. We'd be walking around the end of the hill. Only a mile or so.

I mapped out the distance. I wanted to do ten miles. I went from my house through the park, through Coleville, on up towards Purdue Mountain, to Valley View till I got to Upper Gyp Road. That was five miles. I turned there and came back. That was walking along a road. It was not hiking up a rocky mountain.

Some day I want to take that route, but instead of going left onto Valley View I want to go up along the ridge of Purdue Mountain and down into Unionville. And then rest a bit, eat something if that cafe in Unionville is open, and then come back. My daughter screams at me, "Mother!!! You'll get hit by a car!! I worry about you out there!!" How far to Unionville by that route? Ten miles? And twenty when I walk back. I don't know. I though of it because it's longer than the Hyner... Some day I'll calculate the mileage better.

If we do Bellefonte I'd recommend that I work out a route that takes us up Stoney Batter, through the scenic streets, over the Seven Hills o' Bellefonte, past Cool Beans (the Cafe on the Park may be closed by that time), and through the Park. (Oh, and we'd be passing our little art gallery. It's tiny, wouldn't take long at all to go through, but it's worth passing through as we pass by.)

So let's talk and decide what would be good for Friday.

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Good for you Laura! Hope all went well today. It was a blustery day.

I have been sick for a few days now and did not go to my race yesterday in Belleville. Very bummed about it but I know that it was the right thing to do for my lungs. I have been doing as close to nothing as I can stand all weekend.

I am coming up on Friday if you can get out. We can either hike or you can whoop my hiney in Bellefonte. I'll let it up to you this time. We can do Nittany or go up Shingletown Gap. Think about it and let me know what you would like to do.

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Tomorrow is a 5K walk/run early in the morning. It will be cold, but I'm still going to go. All that exercise helps beat pre-diabetes. I had another A1c test, and this time it's down another point, from 5.3 to 5.2.

Today I was at two belly dance workshops. I shimmied my butt off, and now I'm tired but I'm not going to bed yet. There's a benefit performance to raise money for PAWS, which is a no-kill animal shelter, and the belly dance teacher who came to teach the workshop will be dancing. I'm outta here.
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