Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Happy Hour This Friday!

Bring your friends and join me for happy hour at my place this Friday!
There will be free drinks and appetizers!

I will also be offering art for sale with the hope of buying our hiking boots with art sold this weekend!
Let's catch up!
See you Friday!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Week 6: Two New Hikes

I had anticipated that we would do one 8 mile hike this weekend.  That wasn't in the cards for us, but we did do 2 hikes that were new to us.  On Saturday we did 5.6 miles on the towpath in Cleveland Metroparks.  It was an industrial area, and it was great to see the way that was integrated into rest spots and artwork.  We loved the nature center where just back off East 49th Street.  We also enjoyed bowls of pho.

On Sunday we went to the Wetmore Trail, which gave us great up and down experiences.  We were also grateful for trekking poles here as muddy steep hills abounded!  We were sad to not see any horses on the trail, as we saw five horse trailers in the parking lot and plenty of horse poop!  From the parking lot round trip was 4.5 miles.  It felt so good to see that I am gaining strength and cardio endurance, but I still have a long way to go!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Lost Is Found

And there is great rejoicing!

I was locked out of the ability to edit this blog for several weeks.  I tried so many different things, and in the end, after much sweat and tears, I am back.

The preparations for our Camino are progressing very rapidly now!

Stay tuned for many updates over the next couple weeks!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Training Week 5: Mingo Trail and More

We got trekking poles, and this was the perfect week to break them in!  The Mingo trail has lots of ups and downs, and it was especially muddy.  With a bit extra in Naturerealm and extra time on the running path we completed about 6 miles.  It was good to practice losing the quote and using my scarf on Sam's arms.  I think those little things like a scarf or a buff will make a big difference for us.  We each purchased a buff from Miss Mercedes, where I worked last summer.  Now we are starting to use them!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Training Week 4: Manchester Rd. to Summit Lake

Today we hiked a route that had been planned by Sam.  He has biked this route before several times.  He loves the giant sword, and finding the giant chair was a surprise.  We saw tons of birds along the way.  We stopped many times to admire birds and industrial decay.  Sam declared that he was a walking machine fueled by gummy bears!  We walked 6.75 miles or 10.8 km.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Week 3 Camino Training

Today we went 6 long cold miles on the towpath near our house.  We entertained ourselves with spotting animals and telling stories about mutant muskrats who take over Barberton.  Sam was a trooper!  At the toughest point we saw a group of 4 deer eating and coming closer to us.  I have never been so close to free deer in my life.  There is a saying that the Camino provides.  At the moment when we were most tired of the wind blowing in our faces and tired legs the deer were pure magic!

Weighed Down and Letting Go of the Burdens

Sam on a 5.5 mile hike this past Friday. I've been thinking so much about the actual Camino experience.  Not the preparation or tal...