On Saturday morning I had the opportunity to meet up with some friends (gals that I used to work with). I've got 19-20 years on these girls but we had a wonderful time! We laughed. We covered some important topics of conversation (Someone needs to give these girls some advice!!! ha ha ha), we had breakfast together and we hit up some stores and did a bit of shopping! It was just what the doctor ordered and it's amazing how things like this works. The one gal showed up and we could see that she was just not herself. By the end of the first hour we could see that the conversation and girl talk had helped her. That's what friends are for! We did shop a little so I got some walking in at the mall....not enough to really count though, even though I'm really tempted to do so!!!! See, if I do that, I could possibly say that I counter acted the Cinnamon Supreme Sweet and Stuffed Pancakes. Seriously, I am embarrassed to say that I ordered those things! They were tasty...but all sweet and totally NOT healthy! I'm not even going to write down the calorie count....isn't it enough that I put the link in there?? ha ha ha. The only good thing? I was soooo full and just not at all hungry the rest of the day that I ate some cheese, some strawberries and a hard pretzel in the evening and I was not hungry the rest of the day. And yes...I heeded the voices that my body was saying...and that was 'For heavens sake, please don't eat!'
Yeah yeah yeah....it is obvious in the picture, I was drinking diet soda.....I know, it SHOULD have been water!!!!
Jason and I got to spend a fair amount of time together this weekend. Lots of time relaxing together in nice warm and relaxing places where we could have long conversations. But we were also able to get two hikes in.
The first hike was at the Martins Mill Bridge and around the park. We stayed off the hilly trails and walked the road from the bridge down to the actual park area and circled that snow covered area and then went back to the bridge. We did that loop a few times until the wind knocked us for a loop and we were too cold to continue. (ok, until we decided to retreat to the car and the warmth.....I"m sure we could have continued if we had wanted to...but 2.56 miles isn't bad! It wasn't a bad walk...there were areas that were a bit snow but nothing too intense.
We also decided to hike at Balls Bluff Battlefield/Regional park. Last weekend was the event of the Snow hike...this weekend we had another snow hike but I think I will refer to it as Mud Bogging instead! The trails there were a LOT more intense. Yes, there was a lot more ascents and decents on the trail. But it was the snow that made those up hill intense....snow is slippery...and going up and down a trail on slippery snow is interesting to say the least. (especially the parts of the trail that were on the edge of a drop off!) The snow was actually NOT the worst part. The worst part....when we were NOT climbing up or descending a hill, we were walking on the flat riverbank. That sounds peaceful and serene doesn't it? Yeah....not when that said river was at flood stage a few days ago. Walking through a couple inches of mud is.....interesting, fun and DIFFICULT! Totally different muscles than normal hiking and different muscles than snow hills. It was a GREAT workout! I didn't get any pictures from the trail...but I did get a few pictures of the National Cemetery that is housed in this park and the sight of a Civil War Battle. This is one of the smallest National Cemeteries in the United States. It has 25 graves and there are 54 men buried here, all of them unknown but one. Sobering to think that 53 families (so many more in the Civil war overall I know) lost sons who were buried with an unknown gravemarker. All in all.....3.68 miles at Balls Bluff Park!
So a good weekend with some activity
So....it's 7:30. I'm home. Showered up (I wasn't exactly cold but I wasn't exactly warm....and I wasn't exactly muddy but I wasn't exactly clean!) and sitting here watching tv. Nope....not watching the Super Bowl...does that make me un-American?????