First Post Op Hike: South Mountain Reservation

Did my first hike since my menisectomy. It felt great. No pain. No swelling. And I felt in relatively good shape, considering. Plus I did it with a 30 pound pack. Big accomplishment.

In addition, I pulled out my new toy, the NIKE+ with GPS sports watch. Oh, how I love this thing. Tracks distance, elevation, and puts it all in a nice little package on website so you can track your progress over time.

Walking in the Rain: South Mountain Reservation

Saturday, September 6, 2008

I love to do long hikes in the rain. It reminds me of when I was in Ecuador on the jungle trek. The one difference between children and adults is their reaction to getting wet. If it's a hot summer day, and it all of a sudden starts raining, kids will put their heads back and open their mouths and revel in the downpour, while adults will hunch their shoulders and find a place to hide from it. This weekend, I got back to my child like ways.

South Mountain Reservation
January 13, 2008

This weekend, i'm really just prepping for my trip next week to mount Washington in New Hampshire where I'll be staying at Pinkham Notch. So I decided to do some running on Saturday at the local track and run a few stadium stairs. Then on Sunday, I took a short drive over to Millburn and did 3 or 4 hours on the Rahway trail. I loaded up my pack with my rock climbing ggear to really test my stamina. If igured a good hike would be a good start to this little project. We'll be ramping up pretty quickly, so stay tuned.


Nothing but me and my shadow on this day. All my walking partners had some kind of excuse as to why they couldn't hike today. This as far as I can see, will be my biggest challenge. I will probably have more than a few weekends where my partners will dis me for the comfort of their beds.


Since I was by myself, I brought along the iPod. Normally, I just listen to the leaves and the birds, but since my main reason for doing this hike was to push myself and get ready for Washington, I figured I should add a soundtrack.


Solitary hike is just what I needed to get rested for the upcoming week.


Well done is better than well said.    -Benjamin Franklin

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