|We were above the rainbow on the North Cascade Highway above Diablo Dam. This is Diablo Lake, and yes, it really is that color! Look closely above the power lines to see a faint bit of the rainbow.|
|Forest primeval. We hiked outside of the town of Newhalem through this old forest. The trees remind me of the Ents in "Lord of the Rings." I wonder what they'd say if they could speak.|
|Hubby and Koda-having a little discussion on the suspension bridge in Newhalem.|
Kelly: "Koda, you need to heel. You can't just try to pull me over this bridge."
Koda: "Sorry Dad, I was just sooo excited. Did you see the squirrel on the other side?"
Since the end of summer and the beginning of the school year I have not been very punctual about my promised Sunday progress reports. This is partly because I pulled a hip muscle and had to lay off for a time, and partly because of my work schedule. Well, I'm happy to say that I am back on track! Here's how it looked last week.
Weight gain/loss: I've lost 4 pounds from my original weigh-in! Hooray! 31pounds to go!
Distance: Haven't measured my walking distance this week, but I've walked a ton. I'll start using the pedometer again this week. The great thing is, now I always consider walking before driving. If it's a trip to the library or downtown, I try to walk. And I'm absolutely addicted to our walks in the woods with Koda. I don't know who misses it more when we don't go; Koda or me!
Strategies: I am planning a breakfast-to-lunch walk in Bellingham. Probably next weekend. I'll start in Fairhaven and have a light breakfast. Then I'll walk to the north end of Bellingham for 4 hours, and have lunch somewhere at the end of the route. This is typical of people who walk the Camino de Santiago. They stay in hostels, rising at about 6 a.m. They have breakfast, then walk to the next small village and eat lunch. After this they walk again for several more hours to another village and have dinner at local inns. So I'm going to work on walking 4 hours chunks.
I'm also planning to start having Kelly drop me off in different locations when we are running errands. He can drive on to the destination, do the errand, then backtrack and pick me up on the way.
I've been doing some reading about the Camino de Santiago, and am becoming very excited about it...even though it'll be a few years before I walk it. The idea of spending nearly a month with only the thoughts of walking, eating, sleeping, and prayer is so intriguing!