Fibro Feelings – Take a Hike!
Recently The Helpful Hubby and I took a hike! We got up on a Saturday, packed our car and drove 2 hours to a National Park. It was the last weekend of National Park free admission and the weather was wonderful! Before we entered the park we stopped at Subway and got subs to take with us for lunch. After we checked out a short trail and stream with a picturesque view we ate with some chatty birds. Next we talked with a Ranger and got suggestions of which trails to hike. There was an easy, short (1 mile) trail nearby so we started with that. There was a trail sign telling us to look for evidence of beavers and lo-in-behold there was tons! We saw lots of trees and logs gnawed to a pencil-like point, but no actual beavers. I wanted to see beavers!
For the next part of our adventure we drove to a different part of the park and started hiking, uphill. We weren’t sure how far we’d go, but we knew we’d have to hike the same distance back to our car. All along the hike I’d check in with my body and see how it was doing and decide if it was time to start heading back. The trail was at a pretty steady incline that took us up 950 feet. I felt it in my knee a little bit, but nowhere near as much as I’d expected. The trail ran along a decent sized stream and we saw SIX deer, in three different groups!
About 3 miles in I wanted to turn back, but even more I wanted to go the extra 1/2 mile to get to the end of that part of the trail. I pushed on, we got to the end and then headed back. The entire trail only had 1 fallen log that was good for resting on and boy did I enjoy that rest on the return trip. The last mile seemed extra long and my back was hurting a bit. I was happy to rest in the car for 40 minutes while The Helpful Hubby drove us to a Mexican restaurant for dinner. The chips, salsa and horchata tasted extra yummy after our day spent outdoors!
I crashed hard that night and spend the next day resting, as I was very fatigued and part of my legs were a little sore. Although my upper back was a bit sore from the way I was using my hiking poles my wrists actually felt pretty good. They had been a little sore the week before our hiking, but I’d been babying them. Of course, a day later I was getting out of bed, pushing on my wrist and it popped and went back to hurting pretty badly for a week. Related to hiking? I’m not sure, you be the judge. All in all, The Helpful Hubby and I had a wonderful, free day at a National Park, hiking new-to-us trails!
How often are you able to get out and experience nature?
*Image Credit: from www.wikipedia.org by Padraic Ryan