Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.
 

team32265forum


  Team Forum
Chair Exercise Team

A Guide to Posting in Your SparkTeam Forum

  FORUM:   Motivation & Exercise
TOPIC:   Trek California - week 1 - 1st Jan - 7th Jan 


Search
Reply Create A New Topic Subscribe to this Discussion
Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.
Author: Message: Sorting Last Post on Top


LUAMTRIN
LUAMTRIN's Photo SparkPoints: (24,232)
Fitness Minutes: (7,598)
Posts: 217
1/7/12 4:26 P

LUAMTRIN's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Group 3

Day 1:1000 steps, 560 sightseeing
Day 2: 4000 steps, 700 sightseeing
Day 3: 7500 steps, 430 sightseeing
Day 4: 5000 steps, 258 sightseeing
Day 5 rest
Day 6: 3500 steps, 600 sightseeing
Day 7: 5000 steps, 242 sightseeing

This trek has already been quite an experience. I have never been to a desert before. The diversity of landscape and and environment is awesome. One day it is nothing but a sea of sand. The next day you're in a valley with streams bordered with vegetation. Next you're standing on a sandy barren peak looking to the horizon at a snowy mountain top. How amazing this world is. Can you imagine what the pioneers must of thought when they were seeing this for the first time?
When you live in the city you get used to the sounds and smells and they provide a sort of comfort because of their familiarity. But the quiet and fresh air here in Death Valley provide a peacefulness and contentment.


 Pounds lost: 74.0 
 
0
18.5
37
55.5
74


BLPRETTYGIRL1
BLPRETTYGIRL1's Photo Posts: 8,104
1/6/12 4:06 P

BLPRETTYGIRL1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon

I just remember that I was suppose to be logging my steps with you all. I knew that one of my boards was doing a new challenge. Couldn't remember which. Had aemoticon momment!

Group 2 Week of Jan. 1st to 7th 2012

1/1 - 1135 steps.
1/2 - 1232 steps
1/3 3802 steps
1/4 3000 steps
1/5 - 2660 steps
1/6 - 2207 steps
1/7 - 1164 steps. Picking up "Litter" all day

Have to keep the trail tidy.

Hope someone held a place for me in the bubble. Leave the light on in case I show up later tonight.

Edited by: BLPRETTYGIRL1 at: 1/7/2012 (19:21)

 Pounds lost: 5.5 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30


SHEILAD1963
SHEILAD1963's Photo Posts: 223
1/5/12 7:50 A

SHEILAD1963's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Group 3

Day 1-8500 Guess I'm doing LOTS of sightseeing!

Day 2-7890

Day 3-6859

Day 4-6210

Brightest Blessings!

"Together everyone achieves more!"


CADY71
CADY71's Photo SparkPoints: (2,451)
Fitness Minutes: (1,472)
Posts: 13
1/4/12 8:44 P

CADY71's SparkPage
Reply
Awesome! Keep up the good work! Don't over due it! Keep yourself safe so you may continue the journey.

Joyce



THISISIT-PA
THISISIT-PA's Photo Posts: 772
1/3/12 4:28 P

THISISIT-PA's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticonemoticonemoticonemoticon

Group 2

Day 1: goal 600, completed 600, sightseeing 200
Day 2: goal 2500, completed 2500
Day 3: goal 4000, completed 4000
Day 4: goal 2900, completed 2900, sightseeing 1100
Day 5: rest
Day 6: goal 1800, completed 1800, sightseeing 3200
Day 7: goal 2900, completed 2900

emoticonemoticonemoticonemoticon

Edited by: THISISIT-PA at: 1/8/2012 (11:37)
Kathy, EST


 current weight: 221.7 
 
302
264
226
188
150


MHUFFY96
Posts: 5
1/2/12 7:27 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Day 2 – Ubehebe Crater

(Group 1 - 500 steps Made 500 steps today.
Group 1A -– Stand behind an upright firm chair, with both hands steadying you on the back of the chair –legs straight , feet flat on the floor, Body weight on left leg slightly –Keeping right leg straight, lift right leg out sideways off floor on right side, close legs together, repeat 5 times, rest 1 min, repeat 5 times. with other leg Then sit on chair and “Chair March” 100 steps – then get up and repeat leg lift on both sides 5 times each leg. Then sit and Chair March 100 steps.
* Had difficulty with the left leg, but pushed myself. Did get in the 20 reps with the leg raises, but not all at one time. Did 200 steps (chair marching) plus 50 sightseeing steps.


 current weight: 280.8 
 
294
268
242
216
190


BONBON561
BONBON561's Photo Posts: 23,649
1/2/12 3:00 P

BONBON561's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Group 3
Day one Will do 1000 steps today

Bonnie from KY
Word for the year is CHANGES
Eastern Standard time
proud member of Slytherin




 current weight: 199.0 
 
199
196.75
194.5
192.25
190


CATLADYX8
CATLADYX8's Photo SparkPoints: (97,046)
Fitness Minutes: (40,123)
Posts: 7,054
1/2/12 1:14 P

CATLADYX8's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Group 1
1/1 300 steps + 3795 sightseeing steps. Trekked through the Ashland Meadows. What a beautiful spot. Was lucky enough to see a white-tailed deer, my favorite and some squirrels scurrying around. Walked by a nice warm stream and saw some Pupfish. They were all females as they were olive-green in color. After reading the literature I found that the females stay that color all year. Had a nice lunch of turkey and cheese sandwiches and plenty of water to drink. The weather is a little warm and much nicer than my home state where it is very cold now. Had a crunchy apple for dessert.
1/2 500 steps + 2524 What a sight! The crater was amazing. I was not brave enough to walk down into it, but I did walk around it. The walls of the crater were very colorful. I can see why they call it a basket. Had a nice lunch of turkey and cheese sandwiches with an apple for dessert. Needed some extra water today as the temps were warm.
1/3 steps 650 + 2440 What a hike!!! It was a lot for me. The 14 mile trek was difficult, but I did it slowly and eventually made it. The view was spectacular. Meatloaf sandwiches today with an orange for lunch. What a great day! Looking forward to tomorrow!
1/4 580 steps + 3731 sightseeing steps. Such beautiful scenery. It does look like a moonscape. Had some homemade trail mix with dried apples and pears, and nuts and oats. Lots of water today.
1/5 Rest day - 2572 sightseeing steps
1/6 360 steps + 2017 sightseeing steps.
1/7 580 steps + 1990 sightseeing steps. What a week. Some great scenery and sights. Saw some animals earlier in the week and water fowl. Had great picnic lunches.

Edited by: CATLADYX8 at: 1/7/2012 (23:07)
Susan

Pet Lovers Team Co-Leader

"Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach." - Tom Robbins

"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." - Conrad Hilton

"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ..." 2 Corinthians 2:14



 current weight: 243.0 
 
248
233.5
219
204.5
190


RICHILA
RICHILA's Photo SparkPoints: (52,211)
Fitness Minutes: (44,002)
Posts: 2,344
1/2/12 1:06 P

RICHILA's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
California Trek
Week 1


Group 3

Jan 1st– Goal - 1000 Challenge steps - 1000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 14015
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc: I am glad I brought my camera, but I don't know the names of all the animals, birds and plants that I photographed. I had planned to use my netbook when I got back to camp to research the various flora and fauna, but after a full day of walking and shooting pictures, I was way too tired to do anything except upload my pictures and clear my SD card for tomorrow's shooting. I am so glad to have a digital camera instead of the older type with film.

Jan 2nd - Goal = 4000 Challenge steps - 4000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 7657
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 3rd - Goal = 7500 Challenge steps - 7500 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 4924
Really tired, stopped by clinic-Upper Respiratory Infection-not contagious told to keep walking and take meds fresh air will help .
Jan 4th - Goal = 5000 Challenge steps - 5000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 4197
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 5th Goal = Rest Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - 10531
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 6th - Goal = 3500 Challenge steps - 3500 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 4872
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 7th – Goal = 5000 Challenge steps - 5000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 3290
Haven't finished walking today-but still taking lots of breaks so I don't start coughing.

Edited by: RICHILA at: 1/7/2012 (17:59)

"Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the life that weight and ill health have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great.. You have no power over me."


 current weight: 287.6 
 
287.6
271.95
256.3
240.65
225


SHADEE5
SHADEE5's Photo Posts: 56
1/2/12 12:39 P

SHADEE5's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Group 2
This is my first trip and I am a day late getting started.
This will be a great adventure as I am learning about the desert, Water is very important on this journey it can take up to 1 gallon (4liter) . We are in the winter here so it is cold in the mountains so I am going to keep in the low areas. The weather was refreshing today high was 61degees. So I was dressed in my lightweight clothes and brought warmer clothes for night as it will be 41 degrees tonight. I finished my 600 steps and will be looking at my brochure tonight to see what my sightseeing trip will be for tomorrow. I enjoyed my first day trek. I will BLOG about my weekly trek. I will let you know what day it will be posted on my template date...

TEMPLATE TREK CALIFORNIA- WEEK 1
NOTE: I am putting up a week long template since I have been asked for it – however I will be satisfied if you post once during the week – and update the whole week at once – OR if you blog on the trek at least once.in the week. REMEMBER to tell me if you do a blog for me to read -
This is only one way of recording your compliance with the challenge – there are many others – or you may use parts of my template – depending on you!!
Group ???

Jan 1st– Goal - 600 Challenge steps - 600 Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 2nd - Goal =2500 steps Challenge steps - 2500 Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 3rd - Goal =4000 Challenge steps - 2000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 4th - Goal =2900 Challenge steps -2900 Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 5th Goal =Rest Day Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 6th - Goal = 1800 Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 7th – Goal = 2900 Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

REMEMBER to claim a goodie if you totally complete this challenge – that includes taking the same route as the rest of us!!


Edited by: SHADEE5 at: 1/5/2012 (22:17)
Shadee5
_________________
Remember Keep moving, motivation, nutrition,Challenges,& Goals Educate, energize, Exercise.
___________________


 current weight: 196.0 
 
197
190.25
183.5
176.75
170


JILL313
JILL313's Photo Posts: 8,927
1/2/12 12:40 A

JILL313's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Group 1

Week 1 - Death Valley NP
Day 1 Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge Goal 300 Steps Extra Steps:
Day 2 Goal 500 Steps
Day 3 Goal 650 Steps
Day 4 Goal 580
Day 5 Rest Day
Day 6 Goal 360 Steps
Day 7 Goal 580 Steps

emoticonemoticonemoticonemoticonemoticonemoticonemoticonemoticonemoticon

Edited by: JILL313 at: 1/2/2012 (00:54)
PST

"Be Miserable, or Motivate Yourself. Whatever has to Be Done, It's Always Your Choice." Wayne Dyer

Over 60 with 100-200 Pounds to Lose Team
Co-Leader
Join Us!


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
 
0
23.75
47.5
71.25
95


CADY71
CADY71's Photo SparkPoints: (2,451)
Fitness Minutes: (1,472)
Posts: 13
1/1/12 7:23 P

CADY71's SparkPage
Reply
Group 1:
Week 1: Death Valley NP
Day 1 – 800 steps + 6,336 site seeing steps
Day 2 – 300 Steps + 7,836 site seeing steps
Day 3 – 650 steps + 6,336 site seeing steps
Day 4 – 580 steps + 6,336 site seeing steps
Day 5 – Rest
Day 6 – 360 steps + 1,875 site seeing steps
Day 7 – 580 steps + 8,336 site seeing steps



Edited by: CADY71 at: 1/7/2012 (18:43)


PEACEFULHOME11
PEACEFULHOME11's Photo Posts: 200
1/1/12 7:09 P

PEACEFULHOME11's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
TEMPLATE TREK CALIFORNIA- WEEK 1
NOTE: I am putting up a week long template since I have been asked for it – however I will be satisfied if you post once during the week – and update the whole week at once – OR if you blog on the trek at least once.in the week. REMEMBER to tell me if you do a blog for me to read -
This is only one way of recording your compliance with the challenge – there are many others – or you may use parts of my template – depending on you!!
Group 2

Jan 1st– Goal - 600 Challenge steps - 600 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 100
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 2nd - Goal = 2500 Challenge steps -2500 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 530
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 3rd - Goal = 4000 Challenge steps - 4000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 1800
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 4th - Goal = 2900 Challenge steps - 2900 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 2340
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 5th Goal =rest day Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 6th - Goal = 1800 Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 7th – Goal = 2900 Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc


Edited by: PEACEFULHOME11 at: 1/5/2012 (00:18)

 current weight: 210.0 
 
220
202.5
185
167.5
150


THESILVERLADY
THESILVERLADY's Photo SparkPoints: (53,138)
Fitness Minutes: (6,530)
Posts: 1,247
1/1/12 5:12 P

THESILVERLADY's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Group 2

Day 1 – Ash Meadows wildlife refuge
Goal 600 Steps
600 Steps Not declaring Extra steps.
The day was perfect. I am grateful this trek is in January. Temperatures are over 100 in the summer. The summer of 1996 had 40 days over 120 °F (49 °C), and 105 days over 110 °F (43 °C). I was not sure of my stamina so I I stayed near to the drop off area. Interesting to become familiar with some of the protected species. Oh ...I did catch a glimpse of an unfamiliar bird. It was a road runner. My friend that was walking with me and I had so much fun comparing the road runner cartoon character to this bird. In fact, she saw it first, recognized it, and called out "beep beep". That lady is a hoot.

Day 2: Ubehebe Crater
Jan 2nd - Goal = 2500
Challenge steps - 2500 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 900

Someone told me to be sure to take along water because the crater area is fairly isolated. I hiked around the top; being careful of how I was stepping watching my feet on the gravelly parts. The large crater is awesome.

Day 3:Telescope Peak:
Jan 3rd - Goal = 4000
Challenge steps - 4000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 100

Zabriskie Point
Jan 4th - Goal = 2900
Challenge steps - 2900Extra Sightseeing Steps - 300

I am cold! Temperature high today was 24 deg C. I had been told that it gets very cold at night in the desert. Last night's low was 14 deg! I thought ....and was really hoping that it would get much warmer today.

Facts I learned about our location today: Zabriskie Point is a part of Amargosa Range located in east of Death Valley in Death Valley National Park in the United States noted for its erosional landscape. It is composed of sediments from Furnace Creek Lake, which dried up 5 million years ago — long before Death Valley came into existence.

Jan 5th Goal = Rest Day

Kit Fox Hills
Jan 6th - Goal = 1800
Challenge steps - 1800 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 200
I was forewarned there is in fact no trail to follow – so we will navigate by using the features on the land.
As I wandered through the foothills – seeing a few of the hardiest desert scrub, I appreciated and actually became sort of "homesick" to see the green foliage that grows so abundantly in my home state.

Panamint Sand Dunes
Jan 7th – Goal = 2900
Challenge steps - 2900 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 500


Our guide told us ahead to beware dehydration could easily occure. The desert air is very dry.

Following the gradual down hill track I was able to make pretty good time. The rise wasn't too bad, but I was very short of breath when the walk was completed. The scenery enjoyable; especially of the distant mountains surrounding the area.









Edited by: THESILVERLADY at: 1/7/2012 (11:14)
Carol Jean



JOANOFSPARK
JOANOFSPARK's Photo Posts: 7,950
1/1/12 2:06 P

JOANOFSPARK's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I will be doing 1A and 3

Week 1: Death Valley NP
Jan 1, 2012: Day 1: Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge --
1A: did the balance workout and the 200 chair marching steps
3: did 1000 chair marching steps
5000 sight seeing steps....what can I say, this place is awesome!! made sure that I had plenty of water in my canteen and good walking shoes. I could not believe the number of endangered species found here, which are found no where else on earth. Now, how cool is that..certainly made good use of my camera, but will have to be sure to charge it tonight as it's getting low on energy and I certainly don't want to miss out on any fantastic shots. Got some pics of a coyote sneaking around, I bet, after that jackrabbit that I saw earlier. Lots of different varieties of birds as well. I read that over 239 different species of birds have been recorded on the refuge. I can believe; I quit counting after seeing 25 different water birds and just enjoyed. By the time we got back to Death Valley NP for the night, you can bet that my feet were sore. I certainly won't be doing that much sightseeing tomorrow..:) Good thing that I have some extra film. I almost didn't want to stop to eat, but had to keep up my energy so that I could keep exploring.

Jan 2nd - Ubehebe Crater
1A: did the 5 side lifts each side, then 100 chair marching steps; then repeated the whole thing so that I ended up with ten lifts each side and 200 marching steps

Group 3: Goal = 4000 Challenge steps - 4000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 0 today, my feet are still sore from yesterday. I was so in awe with the volcanic craters that even though I did do my steps, all sightseeing was done while stepping. A few pictures today, but mostly just in awe. more sightseeing in Furnace Visitor's Center and in Death Valley Museum later. Bought some sovenirs as well.. Can see that I really need to do more tomorrow so that I can have some sightseeing steps as well. Got to bed early as we have got a strenuous hike tomorrow but what views we will see.

Jan 3rd - Telescope Peak
1A: did the exercise as stated..with 200 seated Chair Marching Steps
Goal = 7500 Challenge steps - 7500 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 1300 sightseeing steps
Description : Wow!!! what can I say....even though I was totally exhausted by the time we got back to camp, it was an exhilarating hike. Lots of pics and the company was fantastic!! :0 We all kept each other going when we began tiring out. Took short breaks to study local flora and fauna, but truly, the highlight of the hike was the summit where we had lunch and just gazed in awe at the surrounding vista.
Then when I got back, I had to take off my hiking boots and soak my feet. :)
But I will be ready to go again tomorrow.

Jan 4th - Zabriskie Point
1A: ~~~Done~~~Stand behind an upright firm chair, with both hands steadying you on the back of the chair –legs straight , feet flat on the floor, Body weight on left leg slightly –Keeping right leg straight, lift right leg out sideways off floor on right side, close legs together, repeat 5 times, rest 1 min, repeat 5 times. with other leg Then sit on chair and “Chair March” 100 steps – then get up and repeat leg lift on both sides 5 times each leg. Then sit and Chair March 100 steps.

Goal = 5000 Challenge steps - 5000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 2000 steps
Description : From its abrupt beginning at the edge of the cliffs lining Death Valley, the Golden Valley drop off point gains elevation only gradually, so that our climb was not too bad. though there were several branches off the main trail, we went on ahead to where the trail ends abruptly at the structure known as the Red Cathredal. I've got to say that is Wow!! Breathtaking! it is a natural amphitheatre and I read that most visitors turn back here, but our trip goes on -- on a longer trail heading eastward through multicolored badlands, which remind me of the layers of a Spanish Senorita's colorful skirts. As I said, breathtaking. I certainly did get some great shots and the sun was cooperating so that even the shadows look quite colorful, if that's possible. This sectionof the trail is a total distance of 2.7 miles. We began this section of the trail by a steep climb up an exposed slope of whitish earth, taking great care to watch our steps, because as steep as it was, the slightest wrong step could have sent us down hill. faster than we came up. After a great deal of panting, and stopping to drink water, we finally made it to a second intersection on a high ridge beneath a protruding rock formation, Zabriskie Point, which overlooks a fantastic array of canyons and multicolored badlands. www.americansouthwest.net/california/photo
graphs450/zabriskiepoint.jpg
This reminded me of a piece of writing paper wadded up and then slightly pulled apart so that the whole series of ridges and canyons are prominent. I have to say that going downhill to our transport back to camp was both a relief and a bit of letdown after such spectacular views. But then again, my poor feet was ready and willing because they needed a good soak. Astonishingly, though, I have not had any blisters at all.

Jan 5th Death Valley Camp
Rest Day..Goal = ?? Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - 6000 steps
Description : not sure what I was thinking...:) but I sure did get in a lot of sightseeing today. Did get to see and tour Scotty's Castle. Awesome and I don't blame him for claiming it, even if it wasn't his. Great friends to have. :0 Several of us rented an off the road vehicle to go see Mosaic Canyon. Several places were so narrow that we could only walk single file. Wow!! So awe inspiring. Also Fall Canyon. Lots of really great pics. and boy, am I one tired puppy.

Jan 6th - Kit Fox Hills
1A: Done.. Stand behind an upright firm chair, with both hands steadying you on the back of the chair –legs straight , feet flat on the floor, rise onto the balls of your feet, then down to flat feet,- your feet should take the body weight – NOT the chair!! repeat 8 times, rest 1 min, repeat 8 times Sit on your chair and “Chair March” 100 steps then stand and repeat the balance exercise 8 times, rest 1 min, repeat 8 times. Then sit and “Chair March “ 100 Steps.

Goal = 3500 Challenge steps - 3500 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 1300
Description : It was obvious why these hills are called Kit Fox Hills, for even though they were a bit elusive and shy, we saw several kit foxes. Not able to get a clear shot of any of them though. Did see a couple coyotes sneaking around while we were eating. Guess they smelled the food, but they didn't bother us, since there were so many of us. We were especially careful to clean up after our lunch. The view of the Grapevine Mountains was awesome. Got some really great shots of that. It was fun trying to pick out what animals made the various paw prints that we saw. Going to have to brush up on my pawprintology. :)
Felt a couple tremors but nothing really earthshaking; was not surprised by this as the area is bound by the Northern Death Valley Fault Zone on the Southwest and several unnamed faults on the Northeast. Certainly startled several jackrabbits though. Now that was a very neat shot. That poor jackrabbit jumped straight up.

Jan 7th – Panamint Hills
1A completed
Goal = 5000 Challenge steps - 5000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 800
Description : Every time I think that I cannot be wowed again, that I have seen so much beauty, even in the wildest places, that nothing could move me.....as much as what I've already seen, I am proven wrong. I am awed and left speechless by the tremendous amount of beauty here in the SouthWest. Lots of pics and lots of memories for week one...:)

upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/
39/PanamintValleyCA.jpg/450px-Panamint
ValleyCA.jpg
Can you imagine...we actually were trekking through this wild and desolate backcountry, but amazingly not empty as I had kind of expected. Saw jackrabbits, I think they are following me around..and nope, not feeding them and being very careful with my trash bits. Did see a couple sidewinders but thank goodness they were going the other way from me. The tracks they leave are so distinctive. Got pics of the tracks but not of the sidewinders., I think that I will pass on that as well as well as trying to get an up-close-and-personal shot of them.

emoticon for week one ....looking forward to week 2.

Edited by: JOANOFSPARK at: 1/7/2012 (14:18)
Joan
Arkansas -- Central Time Zone
"To be "heart healthy' focus on the positive; it's persistence rather than perfection that will create progress."


The difference between success and failure is the effort we put into getting there.


 Pounds lost: 8.0 
 
0
5.5
11
16.5
22


MHUFFY96
Posts: 5
1/1/12 8:19 A

Send Private Message
Reply
I will do group 1 and 1A.

Day 1 – Ash Meadows wildlife refuge

Group 1 - 300 steps; Plus 100 sightseeing steps
Group 1A – Stand behind an upright firm chair, with both hands steadying you on the back of the chair –legs straight , feet flat on the floor, rise onto the balls of your feet, then down to flat feet,- your feet should take the body weight – NOT the chair!! repeat 5 times, rest 1 min, repeat 5 times Sit on your chair and “Chair March” 100 steps then stand and repeat the balance exercise 5 times, rest 1 min, repeat 5 times. Then sit and “Chair March “ 100 Steps.

Rising to ball of feet - only able to do the 1st 5 reps. Did 200 marching steps in chair.

Edited by: MHUFFY96 at: 1/1/2012 (21:34)

 current weight: 280.8 
 
294
268
242
216
190


WENDYJM4
WENDYJM4's Photo Posts: 17,197
1/1/12 4:12 A

Community Team Member

WENDYJM4's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Group 1A & Group 3
Jan 1st Death Velley
Group 1A Goal 500 chair marching Steps + 40 Calf raises + 1 min Heel- toe 1 min boxing + 1min arm cycling

Group 3
Goal = 1.000 Challenge steps - 1.000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 1300
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc
very hot and needed more water. Very rocky but a nice walk. I saw a coyote.


Jan 2nd - Ubehebe Crater
Group 1A
300 chair marching steps + 20 standing abductions + 20 calf raises + 1 min boxing + 1 min arm cycling

Group 3
Goal = 4,000 Challenge steps - 4000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 1000
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc
I walked around the crater which 1 1/2 mile trip. Quite hot today but made sure I had enough water. I am glad the walk was in the morning. I saw a rattler but I soon made a hasty retreat.
We then went to Furnace Creek Visitor and Museum centre which is 30 miles from Death Valley Junction and 24 miles from Stovepipe Wells Village. We watched a 15 minute slide program which was very good and so interesting.


Jan 3rd - Telescope Peak:
Goal = 7,500 Challenge steps - 6500 Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc
What a view, so beautiful. It is a 14 mile or 23 Km round hike to get to the peak. The trail start in Death Valley and the trail winds up to the summit which is 7 miles or 1 kms but then you have to come back down. There is a gradual incline to the top. A very hard walk to make it to the top and I din't make it all the way.



Jan 4th - Zabriskie Point
Goal = 5,000 Challenge steps - 5000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc
lots of twists and turns to get there. Saw Golden Canyon on the way. Did the loop of 4.3 miles. Still very hot to walk even though it is winter.

Jan 5th Goal = Rest Challenge
steps -6000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 6th -Kit Fox Hills
Goal = 3 500 Challenge steps - 3500 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 2500
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 7th – Panamint Sand Dunes
Goal = 5,000 Challenge steps - 5000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 1500
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc


Edited by: WENDYJM4 at: 1/6/2012 (19:45)
Wendy
South Australia

wendyjm4, Team leader for Sparkies Down Under.
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
individual.asp?gid=4672

(GMT + 10:30)

weight loss progress
lost 23.9 kgs total or 52.58 lbs


 current weight: 291.0 
 
345
313.75
282.5
251.25
220


DAWNWATERWOMAN
DAWNWATERWOMAN's Photo SparkPoints: (214,768)
Fitness Minutes: (185,443)
Posts: 49,349
1/1/12 2:22 A

Community Team Member

DAWNWATERWOMAN's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Group 3

Jan 1st– Goal - 10,000 Challenge steps - 1000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 9000
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc (I will blog once a week about the trek & post here to let you know when the blog is written)

Jan 2nd - Goal = 10,000 Challenge steps - 1000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 9000
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc (I will blog once a week about the trek & post here to let you know when the blog is written)

Jan 3rd - Goal = 10,000 Challenge steps - 1000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 9000
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc (I will blog once a week about the trek & post here to let you know when the blog is written)

Jan 4th - Goal = 10,000 Challenge steps - 1000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 9000
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc (I will blog once a week about the trek & post here to let you know when the blog is written)

Jan 5th Goal = 10,000 Challenge steps - 1000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 9000
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc (I will blog once a week about the trek & post here to let you know when the blog is written)

Jan 6th - Goal = 10,000 Challenge steps - 1000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 9000
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc (I will blog once a week about the trek & post here to let you know when the blog is written)

Jan 7th – Goal = 10,000 Challenge steps - 1000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 9000
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc (I AM posting my CA TREK BLOG today.)

Edited by: DAWNWATERWOMAN at: 1/7/2012 (12:41)
DAWN: Loving Myself Healthy, One day at a time.

"What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?"

"To love another person is to see the face of God. " -Victor Hugo


 current weight: 312.0 
 
450
383.75
317.5
251.25
185


BLANCHE1254
BLANCHE1254's Photo SparkPoints: (27,061)
Fitness Minutes: (8,006)
Posts: 2,233
12/31/11 9:17 A

BLANCHE1254's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
First-timer, on Group 1.
Starts tomorrow! Better start stretching now...
emoticon

~Helen, becoming


 current weight: 360.2 
 
385
325
265
205
145


MILLYMOUSE1
MILLYMOUSE1's Photo Posts: 7,632
12/31/11 3:44 A

MILLYMOUSE1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Group 3

Jan 1st– Goal = 1.000 Challenge steps - 1.000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 432
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc
The path I took was quite rocky, passed some beautiful Rock nettle in Titus Canyon. It was very hot will need more water tomorrow

Jan 2nd - Goal = 4,000 Challenge steps - 3.535 Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, Wow !!!! what a sight to see, very little vegitation I didn't see any animal although there were plenty of ants, I also saw this 'STOP SIGN'in the middle of know where. I thought that strange and yet funny Very spectacular and very deep I wouldn't have liked to fall over, unfortunately I did slip over and hurt my ankle so I had to hobble back to camp weather hot, dry and humid

Jan 3rd - Goal = 7,500 Challenge steps - 5079??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 4th - Goal = 5,000 Challenge steps - 5,000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 11,794
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 5th Goal = Rest Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 6th - Goal = 3 500 Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 7th – Goal = 5,000 Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc


Edited by: MILLYMOUSE1 at: 1/4/2012 (02:49)
Co-Leader Chair Exercise Team

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
individual.asp?gid=4672

Feeling healthy and feeling good about yourself is not a luxury - it's an absolute necessity.


Total SparkPoints: 65,614
 
60,000
64,999
69,999
74,999
79,999
SparkPoints Level 18


WENDYJM4
WENDYJM4's Photo Posts: 17,197
12/31/11 3:43 A

Community Team Member

WENDYJM4's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am going to do group 1A and group 3.
Jan 1st

Wendy
South Australia

wendyjm4, Team leader for Sparkies Down Under.
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
individual.asp?gid=4672

(GMT + 10:30)

weight loss progress
lost 23.9 kgs total or 52.58 lbs


 current weight: 291.0 
 
345
313.75
282.5
251.25
220


WENDYJM4
WENDYJM4's Photo Posts: 17,197
12/31/11 3:42 A

Community Team Member

WENDYJM4's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi Ann, As I have never started on one of these, just a question so that it is clear to me.
I will cut and paste from your email, does everyone complete this, or is it just group 4?

Every day this week – morning –
1 – Rock your feet back and forth – heal, toe, heal, toe etc – one foot at a time or both feet together – for 1 min ( or 2 x 30 sec)
Chair March 100 steps each day
AND
2 – “Box” with your arms , punching out in front of you – as hard as you can for 1 minute , rest for 1 min , repeat for another minute.
OR (instead of “boxing) – if you have an arm cycle – do as much as you can for as long as you can
Every day this week – afternoon – Repeat the morning exercises



Wendy
South Australia

wendyjm4, Team leader for Sparkies Down Under.
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
individual.asp?gid=4672

(GMT + 10:30)

weight loss progress
lost 23.9 kgs total or 52.58 lbs


 current weight: 291.0 
 
345
313.75
282.5
251.25
220


SUSIEPH1
SUSIEPH1's Photo SparkPoints: (195,755)
Fitness Minutes: (186,546)
Posts: 17,081
12/31/11 2:11 A

Community Team Member

SUSIEPH1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Death Valley NP.
Group 3
Week 1,



Day 1, Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge.
We arrived at the start point of our trek quite early which was just as well as it was quite hot.

I was glad I had brought my water and hat, and by the time we had walked a little way into the reserve, I was glad I had strong hiking boots on.
The first creature I encountered was a rattle snake ! he was coiled up on the trail just in front of me .I gave him a wide berth and continued on deeper down the track.
There were shrubs that looked a lot like azalea bushes ,but on consulting my guide book I found that they were actually rock nettle bushes .
Futhur on, I also found a board walk that gave us access to Crystal Spring.
I was lucky enough to get a glance of a Pupfish it was quite colourful, and very different to any thing else I had seen .
I was hoping to see a southwestern millow fly catcher but as it was out of breeding season,and they were nowhere to be seen.
I was lucky enough to see a peregrine falcon and a bald eagle before it was time to return to base

Jan 1st– Goal = 1,000 Challenge steps - 1,000, Extra Sightseeing Steps - 7,961.


Day 2 Ubehebe Crater


Today we traveled to the rim of the Ubehebe Crater ..
The bowl of the Crater was quite a ways down and quite steep and as I am still a bit unsteady on my feet, I decided to walk around the edge of the crater .
The shape of the Crater and the different colours in the sands fascinated me . I wandered around the rims of several craters taking in the wonder of it all .
we then sat and had lunch before we moved on to the Furnace Creek Visitors Centre and the Death Valley Museum.

At this time of year we were able to watch some slides that had been taken of the park over several years and seasons. Although it was only of 15 minutes duration it was very interesting.
What really took my fancy, was a well stocked book store, and being the book worm I am,I had a great time browsing and buying a few books to take home with me ..

Jan 2nd - Goal = 4,000 Challenge steps - 4000 Extra Sightseeing Steps -4,210.


Day 3 - Telescope Peak:
Today was going to be quite hard as we were going to climb.
I needed to take more water an extra jacket some food .
The Telescope Peak Trail is quite rocky and the slope up to the top is quite steep although we felt the air getting colder and Crisper.
We could still see Mahogany Flat through a pinyon-juniper woodland.
As we climbed up further we could also see to the east of Death Valley, Badwater Salt Flats was visible as was The Bad Lands
The view from the top was spectacular and I was so glad I brought my camera


Jan 3rd - Goal = 7,500 Challenge steps -7,500 Extra Sightseeing Steps - nil





Day 4 Zabriski Point .
This was a much easier walk today although it was still a incline, it was quite gentle .We were overlooking really pretty colourful Gullies and Mud hills and I was able to take a quite a few photos.

Jan 4th - Goal = 5,000 Challenge steps - 5000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - nil






Jan 5th Goal = Rest Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??

Day 6 .
Kit Fox Hills.
Today was sunny and quite warm although rested from yesterday my feet where still sore...
The terrain was mostly rocky and here and there we came across creosote bush,and mesquite.
Now and then we caught a glimpse of a jack rabbit or a eagle circling in the sky looking for a meal .
Small Lizards scuttled between the rocky boulders .

The shadows of the canyons were spectacular, and the colours created by the sun shining,ranged from yellow to a muddy brown ..
I could see why the canyon below was called Golden canyon.




Jan 6th - Goal = 3 500 Challenge steps - 3.500 Extra Sightseeing Steps - nil



Day 7
Paramint Sand Dunes .

Day 7
Panamint Sand Dunes.

Started out really well then found it quite hot and dusty .. needed to stop fequently to drink water ..
My mind kept drifting as we walked and the imagination kicked and I was visualising the Native Indians who had lived in and around this area .

Not my cup of tea at all. To dry and dusty for my liking
When a Jet fighter wizzed over my head I realised that we were close to one of America's largest Air bases.
I was really glad to see the finish of this particular stage of this trek .






Jan 7th – Goal = 5,000 Challenge steps - 5000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - nil.









Jan 7th – Goal = 5,000 Challenge steps - 5000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - nil.




Edited by: SUSIEPH1 at: 1/6/2012 (21:34)
Susie.
Victoria


Susieph1.
Team Leader Sparkies Down Under.


www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
individual.asp?gid=4672

Weight lost 69 kilos=153lbs


Eastern Standard Time (EST) +16



www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_


 April Minutes: 1,880
 
0
2000
4000
6000
8000


LOSINGLINNDY
LOSINGLINNDY's Photo SparkPoints: (76,670)
Fitness Minutes: (19,517)
Posts: 14,006
12/31/11 2:07 A

LOSINGLINNDY's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Group 3

Jan 1st– Goal - 1000 Challenge steps - 1000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 4424
Description : of trek, The weather was lovely today as we visited and hiked through the Ash Mt. Refuge today. This area is designated for preserving natural habitat and protecting endangered species. It is outside the national park which includes 3 million sq. miles. The hike was easy today to get us started. When hiking in the desert on e needs to always carry enough water and some kind of light snack. And band aids are a good idea also. The sand dunes were spectacular especially at sun up or sun down.

Jan 2nd - Goal = 4000 Challenge steps - 4000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 700
Description : of trek,The weather continued to be perfect for hiking. One really needed to take water as the crater is pretty isolated--no minimarts around. I hiked around the top being careful on the gravelly parts. Since I had done the hike to the bottom in real time when my children were younger, I wanted the new experience. The large crater is awsome and the smaller ones are pretty neat too. It is a fairly long trip back to Furnace Creek.

Jan 3rd - Goal = 7500 Challenge steps - 7500 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 1000
Description : of trek, The weather was rather warm today so hats, sun screen aand water were very important equipment, (In real time) We soon took off sweat shirts and sweaters. The trek was steep and required energy and strength, It was tough and I had to stop often during the climb. As it is fairly open the views were awesome. As we climbed higher we came to pinyon pines and limbo pine trees. From the top one can see for at least 100 miles in all directions. To the northwest Sierra Nevada Mts. we could see Mt. Whitney. I was tired after this trek bjut stil managed some sightseeing steps.

Jan 4th - Goal = 5000 Challenge steps - 5000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 100
Description : of trek,We started at the Golden Canyon trailhead for our hike to Zabriiskie Point. It was another sunny day(in real time too) and so we all packed along plenty of water. The scenery was mostly rock formations and beautiful shadows on the rock faces. It was not as tough as yesterday but still a lot of up hill climbing.

Jan 5th Goal = ?? Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps -5550
Description : of trek, Today was a day of rest, I just walked around camp to keep my motivation going.

Jan 6th - Goal =3500 Challenge steps - 3500 Extra Sightseeing Steps -3500
Description : of trek We were out in desolate back country today without a fixed trail to follow. One can use a GPS or just use markers to find the way back. We reached the bajada in time for a leisurely lunch among the creosote and other brush where jack rabbits, kit foxes and coyotoes roam. Lots of snakes in early spring and summer. There will also be lush wild flowers after the spring rains. We had some lovely vistas as we walked along the ridge.

Jan 7th – Goal = 5000 Challenge steps - 5000 Extra Sightseeing Steps - 100
Description : of trek, The weather was perfect for this long trek. The dunes don't look far but that is an illusion. There were kit fox holes, and we saw jack rabbits along the way.
The foxes come out in the evening and night. I was tired and did not climb to the top of the dunes, but I did enjoy going part wat way and feeling the sand. These dunes are beautiful expecially in the morning and evenings with sunrise and sunset.


Edited by: LOSINGLINNDY at: 1/7/2012 (22:21)
Just do it no matter what!


"Life is for Loving and Laughing and Giving and Living in praise of the Lord."



Gaylinn
Mojave Desert, CA PDT



Nothing is more endangered in the modern world than the powerful combination of hard work toward meaningful goals joined with an exuberant embrace of the present moment.

— Tom Morris



 current weight: 212.0 
 
230
216.25
202.5
188.75
175


EMMABE1
EMMABE1's Photo Posts: 16,262
12/31/11 1:56 A

Community Team Member

EMMABE1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon

NB - PLEASE READ THE FIRST MESSAGE BEFORE YOU COPY PASTE THIS ONE!!

TEMPLATE TREK CALIFORNIA- WEEK 1
NOTE: I am putting up a week long template since I have been asked for it – however I will be satisfied if you post once during the week – and update the whole week at once – OR if you blog on the trek at least once.in the week. REMEMBER to tell me if you do a blog for me to read -
This is only one way of recording your compliance with the challenge – there are many others – or you may use parts of my template – depending on you!!
Group ???

Jan 1st– Goal - ?? Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 2nd - Goal = ?? Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 3rd - Goal = ?? Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 4th - Goal = ?? Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 5th Goal = ?? Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 6th - Goal = ?? Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

Jan 7th – Goal = ?? Challenge steps - ??? Extra Sightseeing Steps - ??
Description : of trek, what you saw, weather etc

REMEMBER to claim a goodie if you totally complete this challenge – that includes taking the same route as the rest of us!!


Edited by: EMMABE1 at: 12/31/2011 (01:58)

 
180,344 SparkPoints


EMMABE1
EMMABE1's Photo Posts: 16,262
12/31/11 1:28 A

Community Team Member

EMMABE1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THE INSTRUCTIONS - THEN PICK OUT THE BITS THAT ARE RELEVANT TO YOU
DO NOT START THE CHALLENGE BEFORE 1ST JAN

DO NOT COPY PASTE THE WHOLE THING _ ONLY THE PARTS YOU WILL DO _ THANK YOU!!
To complete the California Trek Challenge, you will need to walk (regular or treadmill), chair march, run, or use a combo of all each day… whatever works best way for you but you need to count your steps. And to do the number of steps set for your chosen group each day.

No matter what method you choose, you NEED TO COUNT YOUR STEPS. Remember, you don’t have to do the steps all at once, you can do them over the course of the day, but they MUST be done during that particular day. And you are allowed to catch up if you fall behind.

IMPORTANT: There are 2 rules to this challenge – you may NOT go ahead in the trail – no matter how many steps you take in the day, ONLY the stated, allowed number of steps are to count towards the challenge – extra steps may be recorded as well, but as sightseeing steps!!!
NB – for those in the Southern Hemisphere where we are in the midst of summer – or those in the Northern Hemisphere who have heated pools available – you may substitute swimming strokes for steps!!
The second rule is – to have fun. There is a lot of research need to plan these challenges – so I ask that you, in turn, imagine you are actually there and as well as doing your steps – that you write a little each day on what you saw and maybe about the food and even about the other people on the trek. To help you to visualise the areas we trek in –I have given you links with information and photos – but you may use any other information you would like – some of you may even have been there!!!!

Since there are so many of us of various levels of ability and mobility, I have decided to have 4 groups of walkers. Please SELECT the GROUP that best suits your ability, but in making a selection, remember this should challenge your own ability.

GROUP 1– limit to under 800 steps daily for the whole 8 weeks. Suitable for those who are just starting
GROUP 1A – Balance - this group has been added in response to requests – it is suitable for anyone whose balance is poor!! You can do it instead of any other group or combine it with another group according to your needs and capabilities
GROUP 2 – Suitable for those who are more capable and have been either walking or chair marching for a time
GROUP 3 – Suitable for those who walk long distances in comfort

GROUP 4 - Suitable for Wheelchair/non-walking members ONLY -
NB – Unless you are totally in a wheelchair or almost totally in a wheelchair – you may NOT use this option – it is not to be used as an easy way to do the challenge –
If you are paraplegic – then do the arm exercises only – but twice the amount.
For wheelchair bound members ONLY -
Every day this week – morning –
1 – Rock your feet back and forth – heal, toe, heal, toe etc – one foot at a time or both feet together – for 1 min ( or 2 x 30 sec)
Chair March 100 steps each day
AND
2 – “Box” with your arms , punching out in front of you – as hard as you can for 1 minute , rest for 1 min , repeat for another minute.
OR (instead of “boxing) – if you have an arm cycle – do as much as you can for as long as you can
Every day this week – afternoon – Repeat the morning exercises

ALL GROUPS - Extra steps you do are to be logged as exploring or sightseeing

You do not have to be in the same group each week – BUT . Do not change GROUPS during the week

NOTE: Once you have selected your group and you start the Challenge, you come to THIS thread and POST at least ONCE in the week . If you come more often please GO TO YOUR OWN PERSONAL COMMENT and EDIT your comment with the new information. Remember to:

1) STATE THE GROUP YOU ARE IN
2) TELL US the NUMBER OF STEPS YOU HAVE COMPLETED
3) TELL US HOW YOU ARE GETTING ON: what you saw on the way, whether you are getting to the camp sites, what you saw on the way, what you had for food, and whether you are enjoying the trek!!
NOTE:.You will only be eligible to claim a Goodie from me if you post at least once in the week and complete all your weekly steps!!
OR
If you would prefer to write a blog on your Trek adventures this week – please do so – BUT please let me know when you have done this so that I can read it

Week 1
Death Valley NP
The first week of our trek is in Death Valley National park. It can be a very hot area – however by the magic of the internet – we will be in a climate controlled bubble – so the heat will not be a problem - I suggest you take drinking water though.
Two great sources of information for your interest are
www.nps.gov/deva/loader.cfm?csModule=secur
ity/getfile&pageid=391746

and
www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

Day 1 – Ash Meadows wildlife refuge

(Group 1 - 300 steps;
Group 1A – Stand behind an upright firm chair, with both hands steadying you on the back of the chair –legs straight , feet flat on the floor, rise onto the balls of your feet, then down to flat feet,- your feet should take the body weight – NOT the chair!! repeat 5 times, rest 1 min, repeat 5 times Sit on your chair and “Chair March” 100 steps then stand and repeat the balance exercise 5 times, rest 1 min, repeat 5 times. Then sit and “Chair March “ 100 Steps.
Group 2 – 600 steps;
Group 3 – 1000 steps)

We will travel to the wildlife refuge today – a lovely area to walk and see both fish and endangered animals!!
The following are sources of information for your interest
www.fws.gov/desertcomplex/ashmeadows/quick
facts.htm

and
www.fws.gov/desertcomplex/ashmeadows/map.h
tm
- the refuge map.
And a picture for your interest
www.fws.gov/midwest/Endangered/saving/Crit
icalHabitatFactSheet.html

Tonight we return to the Death Valley National Park for the night.

Day 2 – Ubehebe Crater

(Group 1 - 500 steps
Group 1A -– Stand behind an upright firm chair, with both hands steadying you on the back of the chair –legs straight , feet flat on the floor, Body weight on left leg slightly –Keeping right leg straight, lift right leg out sideways off floor on right side, close legs together, repeat 5 times, rest 1 min, repeat 5 times. with other leg Then sit on chair and “Chair March” 100 steps – then get up and repeat leg lift on both sides 5 times each leg. Then sit and Chair March 100 steps.
Group 2 – 2500 steps
Group 3 – 4000 steps)
Today we will start early and our transport will take us up to the Ubehebe Crater Parking Area
You will then be free to walk round and into the craters at your own pace . We will spend half the day here and assemble in the parking area again for our transport back to the Furnice Creek Visitor Center and Death Valley Museum. Here you can spend time exploring this interesting place .
www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/ubehebe-cra
ter.htm
- picture and info for your interest

Day 3 - Telescope Peak:

(Group 1 - 650 steps;
Group 1A –Yes – I mean you to do the whole series twice!!
Stand behind an upright firm chair, with both hands steadying you on the back of the chair –legs straight , feet flat on the floor, rise onto the balls of your feet, then down to flat feet,- your feet should take the body weight – NOT the chair!! repeat 5 times, rest 1 min,
Stand behind an upright firm chair, with both hands steadying you on the back of the chair –legs straight , feet flat on the floor, Body weight on left leg slightly –Keeping right leg straight, lift right leg out sideways off floor on right side, close legs together, repeat 5 times then repeat with left leg. 5 times
Sit on chair – chair march 100 steps
- Stand behind an upright firm chair, with both hands steadying you on the back of the chair –legs straight , feet flat on the floor, rise onto the balls of your feet, then down to flat feet,- your feet should take the body weight – NOT the chair!! repeat 5 times, rest 1 min,
Stand behind an upright firm chair, with both hands steadying you on the back of the chair –legs straight , feet flat on the floor, Body weight on left leg slightly –Keeping right leg straight, lift right leg out sideways off floor on right side, close legs together, repeat 5 times then repeat with left leg. 5 times
Sit on chair and chair march 100 steps
Group 2 – 4000 steps;
Group 3 – 7500 steps)
We assemble at Mahagony Flats Trailhead – having bought sunnies, hats and water as this is a strenuous trek and very exposed.
As we trek we leave the flats and start to climb but the views from the saddle are amazing, as far as the Sierra Nevada Range. We can even see the Panamint Valley where we will be later in the week.
We stop at the summit – for an amazing panoramic photo stop and lunch, and then decide to descend by the Western slope
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telescope_Peak - picture and information for your interest
Then we assemble back at the trailhead for our transport back to the camp site

Day 4 - Zabriskie Point

(Group 1 - 580 steps ;
Group 1A - Group 1A -– Stand behind an upright firm chair, with both hands steadying you on the back of the chair –legs straight , feet flat on the floor, Body weight on left leg slightly –Keeping right leg straight, lift right leg out sideways off floor on right side, close legs together, repeat 5 times, rest 1 min, repeat 5 times. with other leg Then sit on chair and “Chair March” 100 steps – then get up and repeat leg lift on both sides 5 times each leg. Then sit and Chair March 100 steps.
Group 2 – 2900 steps;
Group 3- 5000 steps)
Today our transport takes us to the Golden Canyon Trailhead for our trek to Zabriskie Point
Information and pictures for your interest-
www.americansouthwest.net/california/death
_valley/golden_canyon.html

and
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zabriskie_Point
_at_sunrise_in_Death_Valley_NP.JPG
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zabriskie_Point
_at_sunrise_in_Death_Valley_NP.JPG

We start off by entering the canyon, and trekking along deep in the canyon. Then at a fork we suddenly climb uphill and out of the canyon following a very uneven path through varied ground – and getting glimpses of wondrous views – until we reach a view point where the scenery is more like a moonscape!! This is Zabrinski Point . Down below slightly hidden by the shadows- is our transport to the camp site.

Day 5 – rest day – for all groups – there is nothing to stop you “sightseeing“ and recording any steps done!!

Day 6 - Kit Fox Hills

(Group 1 - 360 steps;
Group 1A - Stand behind an upright firm chair, with both hands steadying you on the back of the chair –legs straight , feet flat on the floor, rise onto the balls of your feet, then down to flat feet,- your feet should take the body weight – NOT the chair!! repeat 8 times, rest 1 min, repeat 8 times Sit on your chair and “Chair March” 100 steps then stand and repeat the balance exercise 8 times, rest 1 min, repeat 8 times. Then sit and “Chair March “ 100 Steps.
Group 2 – 1800; steps;
Group 3 – 3500 steps)
Picture for your interest
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFwWE1H8lwM
Todays trek is a Cross Country trek in the isolated desert backcountry. There is in fact no trail to follow – so we will navigate by using the features on the land.
We will wander through the foothills – checking out wild flowers and the spectacular scenery – until we come to a vast bajada – there we will have lunch among creosote and hardy desert scrub, home to jackrabbit, kit fox, coyote and chuckwalla. Then we return to the Stovepipe access road where out transport is waiting.

Day 7 - Panamint Sand Dunes

(Group 1 - 580 steps ;
Group 1A – rest,
Group 2 – 2900 steps;
Group 3- 5000 steps)
Picture for your interest -
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telescope_Peak
We will start today’s trek from the Lake Hill Road parking area from where the dunes look so close – however in the clear dry desert air depth perception is distorted. It will be a long hot and dry day of trekking today!!
Our track goes gradually down hill before rising again to the bajada on which the dunes are. Despite the profound desolation of the area there are creosote brush which is home to kit fox, coyote, jackrabbits, scorpions and snakes. There are hundreds of small burrows en route to the dunes. We can also notice the vibrant blue-green hues in the surrounding mountains as an illuminating sun moves over the valley.
Soon we reach the dunes and some of the more energetic will scramble up them – then we will return to our transport again and to our camp site.


Edited by: EMMABE1 at: 12/31/2011 (22:22)

 
180,344 SparkPoints


 
Page: 1 of (1)  
   
Report Innappropriate Post

Other Chair Exercise Team Motivation & Exercise Posts


Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17933x32265x45723798

Review our Community Guidelines