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First Day of Spring!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Who cares what the calendar sez? Who cares that we're gonna get DUMPED on with another half foot of snow tomorrow?

Today was truly the first day of spring! 50+ degrees and sunshine / blue skies EVERYWHERE! A nice, teensy NSV was to decide instead of pulling my long-sleeved t-shirt down over my jeans I was going to tuck it in! I have forever pulled my shirts down, figuring somehow it hid the fat better? Silly me...! But hey, as I trim I figure I have less and less reason to be self-conscious. Tuck 'er in! :-)

I had a couple hours to myself this afternoon and knew the area I was going to be in so had some ideas before setting out on foot where I wanted to go: UP Reynolds Rd., Johnson City at least as far as the high school. I knew there would be a good, stiff uphill grade to get me pumped and running! Plus I figured the view up there would be worth the climb!

See that awesome sky?!? The hillside?!? I couldn't take in enough of it! I realized the high school was only partially up the hill and was drawn to the challenge of continuing up Reynolds Rd. to the top. When I hit the Indian Village complex I thought it looked like I was near the top so I thought 'enough of this pokey walking, why not jog to the top?'

Silly me...had been a while since I'd traveled this road...! But for some reason it felt better to shift into a jogging gait rather than walking up this hill so I held to my jog all the way up to Deyo Hill Rd. and then enjoyed a leisurely saunter back down past the high school. There was a sign for Finch Hollow Nature Center and I realized for all that I celebrate the outdoors in the 30+ years I have lived in the area I had never gone to this Nature Center. I'm overdue!

Off I went to search for Finch Hollow. Here is the route I traveled today:


Up Oakdale Road I went. I knew by the map that the Nature Center was just north of the Oakdale Mall. So I walked, walked and walked to no avail. Never saw any indication of Finch Hollow anywhere! Finally I saw signs I was leaving the village of Johnson City and figured, enough's enough...gave up and turned around re-tracing my steps back down Oakdale. After a little re-tracing I spied a yellow pipe gate padlocked shut. No sign, no nothing. But I figured it must have been the place. Highly underwhelming. Ah well. Now I knew.

So back I went taking Oakdale to Harry L and to my car. Very weary down the home stretch, having taken in 6 miles...but it was the very best sort of weary!

Now I'm ready: bring on that snow! I'll tap into my reserves of sunshine to blast my way through!


ps...hope it works, as minus the use of one arm due to limited range of motion as my pacemaker heals, snow-shoveling is going to be a challenge! :-)
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    2503 days ago
  • _MOBII_
    Great picture!
    2503 days ago
    Nice blog. What a wonderful way to take advantage of a nice spring day to walk and explore this glorious world. I take advantage of free admission day once a month to walk at our local botanical gardens. It's nice to get new scenery. I am glad you feeling better.
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    Feeling a little jealous that I don't have nice hills to climb in my hood. Although..I bet I could find one close..thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

    2503 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    love bright sunny days too........
    does elevate our moods....

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    2503 days ago
    Great blog and as someone else stated, it felt like we were there with you. I feel guilty for wishing the showers would go away when it is 68 in my neck of the woods right now. Have a great day and stay away from that snow!
    2503 days ago
    That is QUITE the walk. How disappointing that the nature centre was closed. I live 4 km from a nature centre and we go there as often as possible to support it so it stays opened.
    Glad to hear you enjoyed the day to the fullest!
    2503 days ago
    Love the selfie, love the blue skies, love that you're feeling better and full or optimism and exuberance. But please: take it easy on the snow shovelling while you heal!! (We've got lots more forecast for today too).
    2503 days ago
    Hopefully we will not see much snow and the weather is heading right back up so it will melt quickly. I walked yesterday and have to agree that the blue sky was gorgeous.
    2503 days ago
  • BILLB000
    Allowing the sunshine to help you thru the next few days makes so much sense. You bring up so many positives in your blog that one feels inspired.
    Thanks for the blog.
    2503 days ago
    I love that you took advantage of the great weather! I love your positivity! I am just so beaten down by all this snow and freezing cold weather - it's really doing a number on my attitude - so thank you very much for reminding me to enjoy the moment!
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  • no profile photo CD14253479
    I think you should forego the snow shoveling Don. Hire someone to do it while you heal.

    You went for a fabulous walk/run and I'm amazed you can do this already.

    Do you feel any different with the pace maker? What shoes are you wearing when you do your trek?

    What is your average for steps/miles per day?

    2503 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Blog!!! I'm glad that you had a Wonderful time out on such a Beautiful Day as you had where you lived. Be careful and don't overdue it with your arm though. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.
    2503 days ago
    I felt like I was walking with you.
    2503 days ago
    Funny how we go here, there and everywhere EXCEPT to explore the very things that tourists visit when they come to our areas! Glad you did your 6-mile walk/jog. Fantastic walk on a glorious day!! And!!
    You tucked in the shirt!!
    MAJOR NSV!!!

    So the question must be: what other local haunts await your exploration in the coming weeks (after you figure out what to do with the snow..)? Maybe some indoor historic site that you pass by without noticing?

    2503 days ago
    Isn't it incredible how much energy we have on bright, sunny days? Glad you enjoyed it while you've got it. I think there's more winter in store for some of us.
    2503 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14245438
    DON! How exuberantly you're springin' right into spring! emoticon I'll have to go check out your route once I'm done gabbing here. You look like the picture of great health! And all...that...GROUND you covered - wow! Flat on my can just trying to wrap my noggin around that kind o' mileage :)

    Our weather down here in northern VA is a wee tad warmer than yours, but with the same pattern - a nosedive in the temperature on Thursday, with possibly even some weird "stuff" like a tornado warning or two (!). March is a capricious month here, weather-wise, but we usually have a good deal less snow than you do. I'm concerned about the prospect of you shoveling snow right now (yeah, I know I must sound like a nagging sister! :) I worry about that healing tissue around the pacemaker... You be careful, and listen, hire a neighborhood kid to do that shoveling if need be. No reason for you to risk all the gains you've made. "Gains" - did I say "gains"? Congratulations on your LOSS - that golden moment when we can tuck a shirt in and feel just fine about it - bravo!! emoticon
    2503 days ago
    I had to enjoy the best day in recent memory for an outdoor stroll vicariously through your blog. We spent it traveling to Middletown so Judith could be tortured by a periodontist.

    I'd do the bare minimum with that snow. It's going to melt anyway.
    2503 days ago
    OH boy, hope that you don't get dumped on! The weather is so weird! Glad you got out. Take care of YOU!
    2503 days ago
    Oh my! I drove the same route you ran! I was there Saturday !

    We are so close to each other . . we need to meet up sometime! I am NOT a runner though nor a jogger! I do have my bike though! emoticon
    2503 days ago
    Memories! Thanks for them!
    2503 days ago
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