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Hiking in Brazil Video

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Pico do Papagaio, 1,260 meters above sea level (4,134 ft), near the small town, Triunfo, Pernambuco, Brazil. Took us 3 hrs and 10 min. It was amazing! My Mon. walk on more or less level ground took 3 hrs and I did 15.94k/9.91 mi. This 8.6k/5.34 mi walk took about the same time - but the terrain was rough and a lot of ups and downs, some steep.

This is a goal reached! 6 years ago, I dared not dream. In fact, I had pretty much packed away most of my dreams! Last year, I could not find anyone to accompany me on this trek, so I did not do it. This year, knowing we were returning to this same location, I decided I would do it! Alone or accompanied, it did not matter, I would go for it!

I started preparing by walking long distance once again. It had been over a year since I had done any long-distance walking. Each time I walked, I added 20 min. until I had built up to the 3 hrs that I figured it would take. Not many hills around home but I did find a few AND, to cool down, I climbed two flights of stairs in our house several times to build up my thigh muscles hoping to relieve the knee pain that I was experiencing. I also varied my shoes.

After I had begun the long-distance again, Carol, not knowing my plan, reminded me of last year's desire and said she wanted to go with me this year. She would be ready! I told Michele (AM.GIRLINBRAZIL check out her blog about the hike with photos www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
) our plan and she decided to join us! Then, Kathi (BRZLLASS www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
) noticed our online chatter and asked me, "Do you think I can do it?" I said, "I am SURE you can!" Wow!!! Look how we sparked each other!!!

Amazing to me, after the Triunfo Hike, I had no pain in feet or knees! Victory!!!

I told hubby on the way to our destination, that the next day I would search out a reward. This has become a good reinforcing habit after I accomplish (OR am consistently pursuing) my healthy-living goals. I purchased two books about the nationally known caƧangeiro (bandit) from the early 1900s, LampiĆ£o, who is from this area of Brazil.

If you can, go by and congratulate these SparkBuds, for a job well done!

So, you see, one of the BIG "secrets" to successfully reach your goals is to not give up, ever! That is what it took for me to see this particular goal (dream) come true -

After all, This IS My Life!
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    Just read this and watched your video! Wow, what an experience that you will always remember! Proud of you guys!
    2962 days ago
    It was an incredible honor to participate in this hike with you, Taz, and Brzllass and our other dlf, C.D. I considered stopping once, but couldn't let you, ladies, have all the fun without me!

    Thank you!
    2982 days ago
    LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT! Brought back fond memories of South America...and my yearning to return. You are ALL FANTASTIC!!! Thanks for sharing the journey, with ALL that that implies, Vicki.
    2982 days ago
    Great job! Although the path was rough, the scenery is fantastic, and I know you have made a memory that will last for a long time!
    2982 days ago
    Hey girlfriend, I'm still feeling "on top of the world"!!! Thanks so much for your encouragement to try this hike. The best part was doing it with you and our friends!!!

    2983 days ago
    There's very little that can come close to the wonderful feeling of accomplishment when we are able to set physical challenges for ourselves and MEET that challenge!! Can't wait to re-visit this @ home as video is blocked here at work. How cool it is to share this with fellow members of our SparkFamily too!

    2984 days ago
    Spectacular video! Thank you so much for posting it. I love the background music. That looked like a pretty rugged trail, so nice there were so many beautiful plants and flowers along the way. Wonderful photography. I must admit, the image of the little chicks was my favorite -- except for the image of you and your friends. Thanks for being such an inspiration. Congratulations to you and your friends.
    2985 days ago
    Congratulations, Vicki!!
    2985 days ago
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    You did it again. You've encouraged me and I needed it. I would love to go on a walk like that, but I refuse to do it by myself. I've walked four miles in an hour and some people think that I'm crazy, but I like to walk. Good going.
    2985 days ago
    WOW awesome, great going!!! You are doing super!
    2986 days ago
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