Winter Hike in Badlands! And Deer in my Driveway
Saturday, January 28, 2017
This morning I awoke to the deer herd traveling through my yard and hanging out in my driveway.
The deer are delightful to watch. But the town south of us (La Pine, Oregon) had to kill FIVE cougars that were roaming into town and killing pets and livestock. The cougars usually hunt for deer, but with the deep snow pack the deer have moved into town, and the cougars followed them. Very sad that wild creatures moved into a situation where they can't survive.
H & I met to hike the Badlands in the snow. We strapped on our YakTrax (which are like tire chains for your boots) and took off on a snowy icy trail. It was beautiful! And a great workout.
On a different topic -- I received the insurance estimate for the repairs to my home; they estimate the damages at just under $11,000. Now to start getting bids from contractors!
Finally SparkCoach suggested blogging about how to change up my workouts to make them more challenging, and trying new workouts to keep my interest in exercise fresh and exciting. I have been THINKING about maybe trying backpacking again! I used to love it. My friend Pat is interested in doing Coyote Gulch with me, in Escalante Grand Staircase. (That is the last backpack I attempted; another friend was having major trouble with the exertion so we all turned back). So in February (or whenever the snow melts off the trails) I will try a few hikes carrying a backpack, building up to 35 pounds and 5 miles. Pat is not sure when her final surgery will be scheduled (reconstructive surgery after her breast cancer surgery), but we are shooting for backpacking in April or May. Pat retired this month and she is going on one adventure after another (she's skiing in Norway now, AND she signed up for a hiking trip to Nepal in August!) Cancer or other major illness reminds us all to live every moment that we can, having adventures with friends!
I also am trying hiking and cross-country skiing adventures with different groups to challenge my pace, and to meet new hikers. I will continue to try new fitness classes, and I do think I usually mix things up pretty well. I have NOT been increasing my weights in strength training, and Coach Nichole reminds us that we should continue to build muscle. (I feel complacent when I just DO strength training!) Do any of you have new fitness activities or exercise goals that you are trying??