|Looking across at our shadows in the early morning light.|
On our first hike there were three of us and we sweated and huffed our way around an approximate 2.5 mile loop with 2 good aerobic climbs included. We were jubilant! By the end of the second week there were five pairs of dusty boots pounding the trail which had now included one more steep climb and another mile.
|Taking a quick breather at the top of the ridge.|
Looking back over the 18 months we have come a long way. Our mission has always been to uplift each other and support each other in what ever way was a appropriate for the situation. We have prayed over illnesses, we have pitched in when someone needed help, we made food and delivered to another's home, we have laughed - a lot!, told off colored jokes, celebrated each others lives, and we have cried.
Two of our girls have passed on over the year in unexpected circumstances. Two little crosses are now high up on the hill above the trail. Those girls are with us still.
|Me with Simone & Sarah|
The benefits we have gained through a year and half of 3 day a week hiking are quite profound, but quite subtle, too. Aches and pains not longer bother us, and the ability just to be able to get up and do the next task at hand is a matter of ease. However, those are not the only benefits. The wisdom and insights I've gained from the others have helped in many situations. The oldest of us is 74 and she is very knowledgeable about wildlife, especially the reptiles. Another is very knowledgeable about the plants. I pick their brains often as I'm always looking to identify some bush or creature I have photographed.
|Hiking up one of the steepest parts of the trail|
|Looking down from above as the trail winds back through the cool marshy area.|
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