Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
where nothin seems to go your way
where nothing seems to turn out right
there may come a time, you just cant seem to find your way
for every door you walk on to, seems like they get slammed in your face
that's when you need someone, someone that you can call.
and when all your faith is gone
feels like you cant go on
let it be me
let it be me
if its a friend that you need
let it be me
let it be me
So I certainly expected to be completely wrecked for at least two days, following my torturous Monday. But much like everyday here I was up again before dawn and heading down the road to the delightful sounds of my ipod. This picture is the Tettegouche Cove which is one of my favorite spots in all of Minnesota. The waves come breaking in from Lake Superior and meet the Baptism River flowing in to form a cove that is one of the most serene places on earth.
The less than happy news is you walk down a ridiculous amount of steps to see it, but I know this will shock you I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I don't think I climbed more steps on this trip but still a lot and I will let you in on a little secret.... It's getting easier and easier and my knee hurts less.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The long and winding road
That leads to your door
Will never disappear
I've seen that road before.
It always leads me here,
Leads me to your door
I have done some decent sized walks in the past and been ok. I'm slow no doubt about it. I figured I would finish last of the campers who completed it. No big deal. What I have never done in the past is head out on a hike in the afternoon, after doing a 5 K in the morning and 3 .5 more hours of exercise on top of it. I remember seeing this sign and thinking that can't be right I had to have been hiking for at least two miles, no way can it be 4.6 miles back. I think I should learn to trust signs more than the faulty odometer in m mind. I was already starting to fatigue.
I saw a lot of stuff that looked like this. Steps going up, steps going down, and some that seemed to do both. I have never stepped over and around more tree roots, tree limbs, and tree branches... heck even whole trees.
I am not sure what is up with the wild life in upper Minnesota but it sure doesn't seem ver afraid of humans... This guy mocked me by literally posing about 10 inches from my foot.
I just kept walking as far as I could, assuming my bent over position and dropping F-bombs. we reached the top at late dusk and I asked how much farther. I was told about a football field. It was darkening by the second and after I walked my first football field. I didn't seem much closer. Never ask a non sports fan for an analogy. My guide was using the tiny flashlight on her walkie talkie and I was slowly walking down the mountain as it got back outside. I walked 4-5 football fields easy. I was happy to see the ride although felt bad that some other campers had to wait for their ride back. I came home, crawled up the stairs and climbed into bed. I wrapped myself and shook. Got lots of visitors to check on me, and congratulate me, although I felt more like the conqueree than the conquerer. I just knew I had to be wrecked for days, and was already thinking of an excuse to take tuesday off. I got up the next day and went on my 6am hike. Peace, Love and and a new foe, Jim
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world, there's nothing to it
There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you'll be free
If you truly wish to be
First off, I am having huge problems uploading pictures for some reason so you are only getting words today and hopefully pictures tomorrow. I arrived up here on Sunday, weighed in and assumed my room in the Ski Lodge... Of course sharing the lodge with 5 women. I'll give them credit it was atleast 18 minutes before I heard the word period :) I did get the best room in the lodge as a consolation prize... Amazing view, personal jacuzzi, fireplace and a king size bed.
5:15 am comes so quickly here and it was still very dark as we undertook our first work of the day. 5K walk/run through the paths, streets, and parks of downtown Two Harbors. I felt good, actually really good, and traversed the path in my quickest time. So that made me happy. We followed that with an hour in the pool. I miss my noodle and some of the floating around in my old pools, because this is serious pool workouts. Deck Jumps where you are doing pushups on the deck, flutter kicks, relays, and laps. I love it and wish we spent more time there.
Next comes my favorite part of the day that doesn't involve water or eating. We head to a main room where there were 16 stations set up. The 10 campers each start at a different exercise and we spend a 45 seconds to a minute at each station and move on. We did the full cycle three times. Of course we get to run stairs, we get to do all sorts of arm work and we get to sweat unmercifully. We follow up that with relay races, some pusing kettle bells on the floor, doing bear claws, some running and some hauling 20 lb dumbells around.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul
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