I have been super busy and haven't had time to blog since we got back from our short hiking/camping trip to Petit Jean State Park. It's only about 40 miles from us so we could have driven there each morning to hike, but we like our trailer and camping, so off we went.
There are 21 miles of trails in this park and we've done many of them, but never the 12-mile Winthrop Rockefeller Boy Scout Trail. (YES, THOSE Rockefellers...bet you didn't know a brother of Nelson Rockefeller settled in Arkansas, didja?)
On Friday it was a gorgeous day. We were excited because we didn't know WHAT this trail would bring. We were 4 miles in when we came to Cedar Creek...which was more a raging torrent than a calm creek! There are lots of bridges across this creek, in various places, so we didn't know we would have to cross over it on STEPPING STONES!
We were SUPER disappointed but didn't want to risk falling in or slipping and breaking an ankle...so we backtracked a bit and ended up taking another trail that was also new to us. This is where we had lunch:
See me? That's one BIG ROCK!
When we finished as much as we could my Fitbit said we'd only done 8 miles. Since 12 was the goal, we did the Seven Hollows Trail (4.5 miles) for a total of 12.5 miles on Friday. Yay us!
On Saturday morning we drove back for my Women Run Arkansas Clinic since I made the commitment to attend EVERY SESSION. Then back to the mountain for another 4 mile hike, this time going to the OTHER side of the creek. It was Saturday afternoon and busy, so we got to watch a couple of people cross the creek. It still looked pretty daunting to us! The first guy had water shoes so he walked next to the stones holding his wife's hand while she picked her way across holding her hiking boots. The second guy was a trail runner (and was REALLY TALL) so he just jumped from one rock to another, although he had to step in the water a couple of times.
We weren't ready to cross, so we went back but still had some pretty scenery:
These are called "Turtle Rocks" for obvious reasons!
On Sunday we wanted to try the Boy Scout trail again. TC packed our sneakers in his backpack and I had our lunch in mine. When we reached the creek we changed into our sneakers and used them as water shoes. Doesn't the creek look more manageable in this photo?
We are short and STILL had to step in the water between the biggest rocks (rather than leap), but it wasn't as slippery as we feared so all was just fine.
THE BAD NEWS was we misunderstood the trail map and STILL ended up only doing 8 miles. We skipped a 4-mile loop that we didn't know was part of the trail. Oh well! There's always next time, right?
Here's my favorite picture. I think I might enter it in the county fair. It's of the Davies Bridge, constructed by the CCC around 1936. I don't know if you can see, but there's a waterfall behind the bridge.
After ALLLLLL that hiking, I was really pretty upset yesterday morning to find I was UP one pound! In fact, I was in a funk much of the day. But I didn't do anything awful, I just stuck with the program, and
TODAY I AM DOWN 2.5 pounds from yesterday!!!
I am at an all-time low since starting Sparkpeople in May 2009. I have lost 36 pounds from my all-time high and only have 12 pounds until I am at a healthy BMI. I am doing the happy dance!
So I guess the message, after this long and tedious blog, is NEVER give up! You might find you are just one day, one hour, one MINUTE from a drop, so hang in there!
Thanks for reading!!!!