Monday, April 13, 2015

On the Mend

I am happy to report that my back/hip/buttocks area is feeling somewhat better! And heeding doctor's and acupuncturist's advice to "use it or lose it" I went on my first hike yesterday in 3 weeks. And oh what a loverly day it was! Not a cloud in the sky and the temperature rose from -1c when I got up to 17c by the end of the hike. It felt good to be alive!

Here we are gathering for the hike. Over the course of the next couple of months (every other Sunday) we are walking the entire length of the Thames Valley Trail (around 150km). Sunday's hike was about 10km.

We stopped occasionally for water and snacks. Those who needed to slipped off into the woods for a pee break but without any foliage there wasn't much coverage!! (Glad I can hold it!!)

Much of the trek was along the borders of farmers' fields and it was pretty mucky!

This is when I need a good zoom lens! Can you see the heron sitting in her nest?

And perhaps this is dad on guard nearby.

Not much shelter in this teepee!

I just couldn't get enough of the blue sky. The buds are on the trees so any day now leaves will bust out! Or is that burst?

After about 30 minutes of hiking the coats came off.

A lot of the area was under water still.

While my boots are water proof they are NOT mud proof.

I thought this tree was missing a chunk of its trunk but it's just an optical illusion.

One method of not leaving mud from your boots in somebody's car! Her boots are bagged! I brought a big bag to put my boots in and another pair of shoes to change into.

The first leg is complete - only 140 more kms to go!

Unfortunately, while still mild, it is pouring down rain today. The house is dark as a tomb. So I took myself to an indoor track for some walking today - I listen to the band The Cars when I walk as the songs are just the right speed.  I was going to pack up Dougie the Dodge with stuff for the trailer today but not in the rain. I think I'll go on Wednesday to start cleaning the trailer and taking inventory of what I need to get. I like my zero gravity chairs so much I bought another one today - I'm going to leave one here and take two to the trailer.

I also want to pack out boots away in bins but I'm afraid I'll jinx it. So I'll leave them be for now - better to have them out and not need them than put them away and have it snow again!!

Has spring sprung for you??


jolie said...

wow that's quite a walk. So glad you were well enough to be up and about and enjoying this lovely weather!

livingrichonthecheap said...

My favorite Cars album was Heartbeat city, just downloaded some songs off of it to my phone yesterday :) Our weather was beautiful but turned cold wet and miserable yesterday. Today is definitely a tea day. Glad you finally got to go outside and are back on your feet

444 said...

Sorry you broke your ass, but glad it's getting better!

Jane said...

We put our snowboots away today,it daren't snow.
Jane x

kim said...

So glad you are feeling better.

Sonya Ann said...

I'm glad that you are up and running again, or walking.

So are you going to get a zoom lens? Are you going to use it on pee breaks?

Gill said...

I guess that applies to a lot of things, "Use it or Lose it!!" We need to walk more in this house as well