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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??

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    Oops deer pics...darn autocorrect.
    1371 days ago
    Love the feet pics.
    1371 days ago
    I agree with Patti that you are the most active of my Spark Friends. I'm amazed at all you do, and the great variety of activities that you take part in.

    I'm so impressed with what Pat has done since her surgery. I hope the reconstruction goes well, and that you are able to get out backpacking together. When I lived in Nova Scotia, we backpacked at Kejimkujik National Park, and camped next to a lake. We did this with our 3 kids, who were probably 9, 7 and 5 at the time. Then we moved to Ontario, and most of our vacations were back to Nova Scotia to visit family. I remember how wonderful it was waking up in the morning with no one around us for miles.

    As far as trying new exercises, I'm really excited about my swimming. The plan is to go twice a week to the seniors swim, once to aqua wellness and once with Aria.

    Love the pictures of the deer. We don't have any in our subdivision, but when we walk on the golf course we see their tracks. Unfortunately, there are coyotes around here too, and they've taken some small pets. I feel sorry for them... we keep building new houses and expecting them to move on.
    1371 days ago
    Hi Alison..........
    I had to stop and read the part about making your workouts more challenging twice, as I think that you are constantly doing things to challenge yourself. You are one of my most active Spark Friends on this site.

    I know what you mean by animals being forced into areas where people live when they are hungry and then have to be destroyed. Two years ago we had a black bear sited just a mile from our house. My lowest garden borders our woods and whenever I was working down there and heard a branch break or an animal run through, I immediately thought it just had to be a bear. The DNR did manage to shoot him with a dart gun and relocated him way up North. We are taking over their natural habitats and then wonder why they are coming into our areas. We have problems with Coyotes harming pets but they can be shot if they come on your property.

    To answer your question about any new exercises or activities, I have to base anything new on the state of the spinal stenosis. I have attached the special fittings for snow to the bottom of my walking poles and it really helps to prevent slipping. I still have to be very careful of uneven ground though so can't move as quickly as I would like. I also do some of my PT exercises for core strength and have tried some new stretches for my neck and back.

    I think that you are doing a fantastic job and I love the way you keep trying new things to challenge yourself. You were doing this long before anyone told you to add them to your program.
    1371 days ago
    How precious!
    1371 days ago
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    Nice pictures!
    1371 days ago
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