Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Okay, so the better prepared you are for the walk the more likely you will be able to finish and to finish happily and healthily. Training is crucial. The 3-Day has a suggested 20-week and 16-week training schedule which includes building up to longer and longer walks. Training does not have to only be walking. In fact, cross-training (doing something else) is encouraged. But it needs to include lots and lots of walking.
Training gets your body ready to be an endurance athlete. Ha! I have become an endurance athlete after the age of 60. It also helps you get used to your equipment. These are the essential things I remembered when I went walking this evening. Of course, I wore my walking shoes and some good absorbent socks. I had a bottle of water and that new pedometer.
Well, right in the middle of that display of things to remember is my camera. The camera is not an essential for walking--it is just an essential for ME.
Which brings me to some things I didn't remember this evening. Actually, the moleskin and blister bandages are something I almost needed tonight. But the Body Glide could have prevented the problems. It is a skin protection product that you use in places that could rub or chafe. Like YOUR WHOLE FOOT!!!! It really works to prevent blisters. Try it. If you don't find it in your local drugstore (I didn't) try a shoe store like Foot Locker or a sports or outdoor store like REI or Big 5.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
A clean heart create for me, O god,
subalpine meadow, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington
Friday, March 27, 2009
And all the hands brought me memories and sweet thoughts of all the little ones and big ones in my life.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
This bouquet of purple flowers is especially dedicated to Michele, Rocky Mountain Girl, who does so much to try to educate us about epilepsy through her own experiences with the disease.
...and look at the tenacity with which these Harebells cling to the cliff--that reminds me of Michele's determination.
Okay, so I've run out of analogies, though I know Michele would love hiking and fishing in our Cascades as she does in her Rockies. So here is where I am going to start adding some links you can follow to find out more about epilepsy.
We love you, Michele. I hope you've enjoyed your bouquet of purple flowers.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
A couple of years ago, I looked across the Gastineau Channel to see the cruise ships docked at the city's port.
From another viewpoint you could see more of the capital.
One of the most interesting locations in the Juneau area is the Mendenhall Glacier.