Monday, October 12, 2009

Lemon. Lemon. Orange

And it's a winding road
I've been walking for a long time
I still don't know
Where it goes
And it's a long way home
I've been searching for a long time
I still have hope
I'm gonna find my way home
Bonnie Sommerville

I spent a really fun afternoon last week playing tennis at Green Valley tennis academy. It is home of the Vic Braden tennis club and a swimming complex that is damn impressive. Got to hit a grocery cart full of balls with Jim from Omaha who played at Georgetown university back in the day. Again exercise while having fun, a constant theme :)

So I got talked into doing a hike called "slots" I wasn't quite sure what the hike entailed and my hopes that somehow this hike was up and down the aisles of slot machines at the Bellagio came to a halt when we arrived at our destination. I saw a short walk in and a big drop off.

Slots turned out to be a really cool hike and Paige has said that it is usually the guests favorite. It is a lot of climbing and a whole lot of up and down. You spend a good deal of time deciding where to take that next step. But you are rewarded with great views and the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing this thing. Rae, Marissa and Karen on top of one of our summits.

Jim, looking particularly excited that I dragged him on his first off road hike. It didn't take him long to figure out the danger in the hike was being behind me going up. Because if I go down I am a bowling ball and the people behind me pins.

The moon setting in the morning sky.

A couple solo shirts including one of this week's birthday girl Marissa:

The entire slots expedition team posing before some Indian carvings which I may or may not have rubbed off with my sweaty butt pressed against the rock. Jamie, Marissa, me, Rae, Karen and Jim

The 7th week starts now and my body is in need of a little down time. 6-8 hours a day of exercise and these more advanced hikes have started to take their toll on my joints and these days are starting to wear on my mind as well. Reality awaits around the corner and it's wearing a parka. Peace, Love and Leaves, Jim

1 comment:

Sarah Marie said...

I do hope that you have your winter jacket handy when you get back to Madison as it has snowed here (and melted) and continues to be rather chilly. You are looking great!!