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…
Silent sippers at a trail side Butterfly bar
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?~*~