When I lived in California I used to go hiking, often. I also rode my bicycle to work at least three days per week, and every weekend as well. I went to Pilates classes twice a week and was in the best shape I had ever been in my life.
Then we moved.
Now before I say another word you must know that I adore where we live and have no intentions of ever going back to suburbia.
That said, I do miss the ease of being able to hop on my bicycle to go anywhere I liked, and my hiking friends who kept me on the trail as often as I was able to go. Since moving I have been plagued with back issues and this finds me in not very good shape at all! I have gained two inches around my waist, and lack the vigor I once had.
I am 59, and I believe too young to be this bad off. So this week I have started a new path to regain my health. I ordered two books which are:
- Hiking Alabama, 3rd: A Guide to Alabama’s Greatest Hiking Adventures (State Hiking Series) by Joe Cuhai
- Rail-Trails Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, from Wilderness Press
You may find these helpful books, or others for your locality, available through Amazon. (I received no compensation for these endorsements!)
Now I am not going to jump into cycling marathons, or try to hike an 800 foot elevation change, but I have to start somewhere and so Wednesday I started here…
This is a paved, level, two-mile round trip. I saw a total of two people here during my visit.
Now some might find that lonely, but there were other encounters along the way…
One graced me by landing on my shoulder. She was lovely!
A shy little turtle. Don’t you find the pattern on his shell lovely?
A lazing caterpillar who warmed itself in the sun
And while I was busy with eyes looking through the lens of my camera, the clouds moved in and threatened rain!
I stopped. “Just one more shot.” I told my companions. “You see, I have been working on getting water droplets to clear up and pop in my photos.” (I think I am very close with this one!) I think they were unimpressed…
A tulip tree leaf that was still wet from the morning’s rain.
Stopping at the paved trail’s end,
I promised myself to return another day and continue on, taking the shady trail into the woods.
I turned to my companions and found them looking wistfully in the direction leading back to the car.
“Ok Boys, let’s go home!”
What do you enjoy doing to stay fit?~*~