Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hump Day #1








"All of life is in one drop of the ocean waiting to go home


Just waiting to go home"


Jack Johnson


So I have completed three days and have a wicked sunburn, sore muscles, and tired feet. But it's still an awesome time at the ridge. As with every other week I have spent here the other campers just make my days amazing. Such good supportive people. Both tuesday and wednesday were again 15 hour days that sarted with a hike in darkness and ended with Eric Jackson the marketing guru at the Ridge, and I doing a circuit after dinner. Last night Wendy and Nancy joined in the "fun" but tonite it was just Eric and I and bunch of Jackson Browne. Eric got his initiation into medicine ball sit-ups yesterday and seriously trooped on through sore abs to do another 60 or so tonite. I'm sure I did atleast 300 today.

I hiked Jenny's Canyon today instead of the mountain hike. This is where the dessert tortoises do their mating but I have never seen one. The guides last word to me were be alert for rattle snakes. So what did I do? Put on the ipod and walked on in staring at the walls above.







It hard to do justice to the slot cave that is the highlight of the Jenny hike but it is a really cool structure and even better is it is really easy compared to heading up the hill.













Some people say the mountains can talk to them and obviously the settlers had great taste as this gem was found deep in the heart of the canyon.
Now I would obviously never deface a natural treasure so lets just assume that it has been there forever or is a slight optical illusion.

A few more tidbits. I had the first person ask me if I was okay yesterday on the hill. It was an old lady riding a bike wearing a helmet from 1980. I was pretty sure she was an oompa-loompa from Willie Wonka at sometime in her life, but I just said I was great, are you okay? Speaking of old ladies my witchy friend from last year passed me on the hill, did a double take and said good morning to me. It made me smile.
Food has been pretty good the last couple days. Yesterday, we had turkey sandwich for lunch a steady 4 may be even a 4.5 cause of the pickles on the salad bar. Last night was "lasagna" but I'm not sure you can call it lasagna since it had no cheese, no meat, and no tomato sauce. Today we had the pizza, see last trip's pictures, and a fabulous salmon filet and potato salad. Potato salad didn't have mayo or eggs, but atleast it had potatoes. Tomorrow is treading day...more fun but in three days I have been off and on a treadmill atleast 50 times so whats once more? Peace, Jim

5 comments:

Heather said...

Hey there - I returned from Fitness Ridge on August 3rd. Saw your blog linked to their website today. Are you from Maryland? Go Terps!

Kerry said...

You're doing good, Jim! That MP3 player sounds like a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jim,
I have been waiting for your blog updates. Don't forget to update us after your weigh in on Sunday. You know we are all rooting for you
I hope you made it up stopsign by now. Go and kick Eric's butt.....
Take care and I am looking forward to your updates
Sabine

Anonymous said...

I am shocked that our "witchy friend" said Hi to you. That's quiet a big step for her! You're doing a great job there. Glad you didn't come upon any snakes in Jenny's Canyon. Sandy

Anonymous said...

I am shocked that our "witchy friend" said Hi to you. That's quiet a big step for her! You're doing a great job there. Glad you didn't come upon any snakes in Jenny's Canyon. Sandy