|North Shore trail|
I kept up with the faster walkers for the first part and then let myself fall behind and walk a little slower for the return trip. We still averaged 14-minute miles, so it was indeed a brisk pace. It was the first time for a new knee brace, which I need to break in before taking it down to southern California, to keep myself from injuring my bad knee any further while skydiving. I was very pleased at the way it performed today and will give it another workout next Thursday, where we will hike up and down Mt. Erie.
Once I arrived home this morning, Smart Guy and I drove 75 miles south to Snohomish to pick up my parachute, which has been inspected and had the reserve repacked. I will take out the main parachute and repack it myself. It's less than two weeks before I leave, and everything is beginning to revolve around that event. I'll be traveling on Thursday April 3rd, so I'm not sure what I'll be posting instead of the usual Thursday hike.
I was hoping to make a skydive at Snohomish before showing up for the Masters Skills Camp, but the weather here is still very cold and uninviting. There was a day when I wouldn't have missed any chance for a jump, but that was a few decades ago. I'm no longer jonesing for a jump. (If you've never heard the term before, click here for an explanation.)