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Camping Update

Saturday, November 24, 2012

We had such a blast at Petit Jean State Park, the first state park in Arkansas. It was constructed largely by the CCC during the 1930's and 1940's and their magnificent stonework is evident everywhere. The weather was incredible and the leaves were still beautiful.

We hiked up a storm! On Tuesday we got to the park and did the 7 Hollows Trail (4.5 miles), on Wednesday we did a morning and afternoon hike for over 13 miles, and on Thursday we were sore so only did another 4 miles. The hikes have tons of rocks and there's plenty of up-and-down action, believe me! There is one "trail" that is actually a series of switchbacks down 200 feet into a canyon. The trail leads to a large waterfall and is mostly steps carved out of the rock. The last time I did that trail -- maybe 8 years ago? I thought I WOULD DIE on the way back up, but this time -- I won't say it was easy but it wasn't hard. It feels good to know I am much stronger and fitter than I was years and years ago. emoticon

I can't wait to go back to the park and do the longest trail -- 12 miles. We've never done it. I think we need to do that hike three days in a row to simulate the type of hiking we'll be doing on our Appalachian trail hike next May.

My hiking shoes ARE AWESOME! They fit wonderfully. I can't believe I finally found a pair that work and I'm so grateful! TC's boots also have worked out and he likes his new backpack and hiking with two poles. So it was a super-successful three days of hiking!

I still weigh 152. I always get mad at myself after a spell of intense exercise, but loose eating. If I'd been more careful with my eating I bet I could have broke through this plateau. So again I vow to tighten up on my eating so I can move downward. I know I keep saying that but sooner or later it will actually happen! Last night I got out my Beck book, my Advantage Response cards, and decided to get back to the Beck Basics so I can work on strengthening my "resistance muscle". I'm excited about starting "from the beginning", and even though it's Saturday, there's no time like RIGHT NOW!

Have a great weekend, Sparkpeeps!

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    That sounds like an amazing (and active!) vacation. Thats the kind of trip I need to start planning.
    2003 days ago
  • HFAYE81
    emoticon emoticon I hiked 7 Hollows 2 years ago in the summer, thought I would die I was so hot! Worst part is, my 75 lb dog had to be half carried the last half mile...she was so ready for a nap!!!
    2003 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. I plan to start hiking with my family - your story is just the motivation I need to get out there and enjoy :)
    2003 days ago
    Intense exercise triggers intense hunger, what a challenging battle when your body is screaming for a treat. You will so totally get that part down, I have no doubt. Hooray for the hiking shoes, they make such a difference! After your post about the new brand I was watching replays of an old Discover Channel series on Everest climbers and their boots/gators were...Scarpa. Your feet apparently knew how to get in lofty company! So fun to watch you having fun with all of your new energy and movement.
    2005 days ago
    You're an inspiration to me!
    2006 days ago
    All that hiking and no pictures?
    Glad you like your shoes. Makes all the difference in the world.
    2006 days ago
    Great job hiking! I love taking walks in the woods, but don't do much hiking.

    Keep up the GREAT work!

    2006 days ago
    Have you tried eating MORE?

    Have you read Wild by Cheryl Stayed?
    Great book about her self-discovery through hiking.

    2006 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Ah ... shoes that fit make such a big difference.

    WTG on refocusing. learning is so different from putting stuff into practice. Plus over time I have a tendency to slip back into old ways. It is awesome that you are honing your Beck skills.
    2006 days ago
    emoticon I'd love to start hiking!
    2006 days ago
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