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Hiking Pilot Butte and Paulina Creek

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Very difficult, stressful and traumatic week at work due to factors beyond my control. I have another week of vacation next week, and I am looking forward to the break, but also dreading the mountain of work that will await my return. I will lose the accrued vacation time if I don’t take it (employer policy). So I will be visiting family and mom again, and I am spending a couple of days in Yosemite with my friend Shelley. I have known Shelley since high school. She likes to hike, but she cannot hike too far or too fast. I am very excited to see Yosemite again.

I hiked up Pilot Butte with Spunky LB earlier in the week. She was faster on the uphill than I am; she has been hiking it twice a week. BUT – NSV! I made it up the hill without having to stop to catch my breath. Yes it was a slow slog in low gear! But no stopping is a huge improvement for me. The hill may not look like much but it is a killer uphill (for me!), and the view from the top is spectacular. You can see the Cascade mountains and snow; downtown Bend; the Ochocos Mountains to the east; Paulina Peak and Newberry Rim to the south. Pilot Butte is a great short aerobic work-out inside our city limits – uphill all the way! I plan to try to do it twice a week once the pollen levels subside to a level where they don’t overwhelm my allergy medications. The trees dotting the hillside are all juniper trees – the pollen is an extreme allergen this time of year.

Pilot Butte

Today I hiked Paulina Creek Trail with my friends Hanne and Don; we hiked about 5.5 miles. There was more uphill and downhill than I remembered!

McCay Falls along Paulina Creek.

Friends Hanne & Don

Me crossing a log to get to the viewpoint

Trail along the creek

Lunch spot by the creek

I hope I can make better progress with my spark journey for the rest of the month. So far I am exercising well, eating enough fruits and veggies, drinking plenty of water, and going off the rails with overeating due to stress. Not gaining any more weight so far -- but I'm also not losing. I think I can get back on track this next week -- being away from work for a bit will help A LOT.

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    Congratulations on making it all the way up the hill without stopping! I don't think I could have done it. The pictures are wonderful, and it's so nice that you are able to hike with your friends.

    Your work situation sounds horrible, and I hope you don't let the anticipation of the pile of work awaiting you on your return spoil your holiday.

    Enjoy the time with your mother and hiking in Yosemite with your friend.

    1835 days ago
    The hikes are clearly good for you. They not only give you the obvious benefits of physical exercise and interesting scenery (plus the companionship of others), but they also give you a sense of control that may be lacking in your work. Yes, there are hills and logs and rocks. It may rain - or not. It may be cold or hot. But you plan your hike, you go out there with determination and you get it done. If our jobs were always that easily satisfying.

    I love my job now, although I get paid peanuts and can't afford to keep it up much longer. But before this, I worked for blame-throwing, high strung managers in another field entirely, and it was hard for me to shake off my work when I got home. I dreamed about it all the time. That job was part of my weight gain. So I feel your frustration.

    Take control and joy where you can!
    1837 days ago
    Beautiful hikes! And I hear the falls in Yosemite are gorgeous at the moment. I did Hite's Cove trail (8 miles outside the El Portal entrance, not far from the Yosemite Bug) last Sunday - and it IS the most spectacular spring wildflower hike I've ever done - and that's one trail where you can just go as far as you want (there are great displays in the first couple miles). Have fun at Yosemite and a great vacation!!!
    1838 days ago
  • PEACHY78
    Oh I'm jealous. I would love to go to Yosemite, and it looks like you have some amazing spots to hike. We have to plan our hikes carefully these days as we have three kids to drag along. The baby is no problem, but sometimes I end up with a 4 year old standing on the kickstand of my back pack and I am dragging two of them up the hill while my 7 year old clearly states that this is unfair, despite the fact that he can run up a mountain if he wants too. But hiking is fantastic and a wonderful way to be with friends and family. I hope the pollen falls off soon and you can be out in the wonderful fresh air enjoying your hikes!
    1838 days ago
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