Saturday, September 24, 2016

First Saturday of Autumn

Beautiful sky over Lake Padden
This morning twenty women met at 8:00am to walk twice around Lake Padden. Two of them, Ellen and Chris, also went on the Thursday hike, and I wondered if either of them are as sore as I still am. Friday morning when I tried to get out of bed, my poor overused thighs screamed at me, and today they are still almost as bad. I think it was all that downhill. Ellen is sore, but of course Chris isn't, because she just finished a 93-mile, 13-day backpacking trip around Mt. Rainier.

Just as we started out on our walk this morning, someone shouted at me to take a picture of this scene. I whipped out my cellphone and without stopping, just slowing down a bit, I captured the above picture. Not only a fabulous sky, but also a calm lake that reflected back the sky and the bit of fog. I'll probably also put this one on Facebook so it will get maximum exposure. A serendipitous picture, for sure.

By tomorrow I should be back to my usual self, but I have been feeling every last one of my years as I recover from that strenuous hike. It's the hardest one we do: almost nine miles (which isn't our longest), but it was the 4,000-foot (1,200 m) elevation gain and loss that caused my agony, I suspect. While I was walking this morning with the ladies, I didn't hurt at all, but now I am happy to be ensconced in my favorite chair.
:-)

16 comments:

  1. a great opening scene. thanks for being human. i feel older than my years more often than not, and take comfort in an off day of yours. :)

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  2. I always feel that if there is pain, you should slack off a bit. Pain tells you something is wrong.

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  3. What a serene photo. Glad the stiffness didn't stop you!

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  4. I think you deserve a nice glass of wine :-) That photo is just amazing! The reflection in the water is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing DJan.

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  5. Hope you are totally recovered tomorrow.

    Gorgeous photo!

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  6. Beautiful sky! Yes, even if you were sore from Thursday's hike your walk around the lake was a good thing to do. Gotta get those muscles moving.

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  7. What an amazing sky.
    I am so impressed at your determination to remain active, and hope your poor thighs quieten down quickly.

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  8. Going downhill is much worse than uphill. Yes , it hurts. I've been there.

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  9. You will be good as new tomorrow, you probably just need an extra day or two to recover:)

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  10. I'd say that was a pretty quick recovery! Good for you.

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  11. Beautiful photo! And I agree with Linda; that's a pretty fast recovery and that's a testament to YOU. :)

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  12. Wow! Gorgeous photo!
    I wondered how you were going to feel the day after. That is when it usually hits hardest. At least you know the difficulties of the hikes so you can pick and choose in the future if you need to. :)

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  13. What a splendid photo, that sky is breathtaking !
    I'm smiling at those still muscles, although I shouldn't, but I can't remember a time when you had to recover from your aches after hiking, you're fit as a fiddle !
    Thank you for sharing that gorgeous picture.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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