My body may be back home but my mind is still at Garner State Park. So beautiful there. It's not that I'm not happy to be home; I just wish we could have a home there too. You know, my cake and eat it too. Sugar free, low carb cake, of course.A long time ago I used to have "Take a Hike Tuesdays" with the kids. We stopped because of busy schedules. Well, I've decided to reinstate it. They need PE too.
For our Tuesday hike we went to a nature trail not too far away. It's nothing spectacular but we always have fun and see interesting things.
Charlie picked up a very large jumping spider while I almost had a heart attack. He said, "Mom, they're harmless to humans. I read it in a book." Me:"Stop reading books. They're dangerous." The unamused spider crawled off his hand and nobody was hurt. Including the spider.
We headed off to an undeveloped part of the park that runs near a creek. There were fish swimming in the water. We saw a couple of caterpillars looking for a home. It was in the 70s with blue skies and a strong breeze. Perfect day for a hike.
Then we arrived at the section that runs right by the creek. I have never seen so many hog tracks in one place. Ever. And there were some big ones out there. That's Charlie's hand beside one of the tracks.
Since I didn't have my gun on me and hogs can attack we decided to make our way back.
Plus Rachel's dog Rusty had come along for the hike and he is not the active outdoorsy type. Charlie had to carry him some of the way back. Lazy dog. :)
On the ride back home I came up with a plan and the kids thought it sounded great: when we all walk 10 miles we'll go to Swirll frozen yogurt for a treat. They love going there. You pour whichever flavor you like and whatever amount you want then add your own toppings. The results are weighed and you pay by the ounce.
Charlie was all over this idea. He figured we'd be going maybe twice a week until I explained that each person is responsible for his/her own 10 miles and we don't go until each person in the family has walked/jogged/run/crawled those 10 miles.
Our little excursion to the nature trail put the kids and I at 2 miles each. Then I walked another mile when I got home and got to see this beautiful sunset.
In all I walked 3.2 miles yesterday. My hips seem to be tolerating everything just fine. It gives me hope that I might be able to take up running (or slogging= slow jogging) again.
I'm also issuing myself a challenge. The 5k a Day for 30 Days challenge. I feel bad that I won't get to do the Galveston Seawall Half Marathon with Shelley this year. I wanted to so badly but my hips were killing me and I felt terrible and just didn't train. With my medicines and new way of eating I am doing so much better.
So I am going to complete my own half marathon (and more). Just in small bites instead of all at once. If I walk/jog/crawl a 5k every day for 30 days then I'll complete 93 miles in a month! It's worth a shot. I have to walk every day anyway according to my doctor.
Tuesday marked my first day of the challenge. Only 29 days to go. :) I need to figure out some sort of reward for doing this. Any ideas?
In other news, while we were out grabbing a geocache on Monday in a secluded area, we came across this ranch. What a name!
|I guess "Kickass Ranch" was already taken.|