Because of my wonderful new bed, my life has turned around and my arthritic back is no longer hampering so many of my activities. I've been anxious to return to my fit and active lifestyle,starting this week with 3 hikes up and down my local mountain. Half a mile climbing a 1000ft and then back down again. Today I was joining a group at Sky Meadows Park for a 6.5mile hiking up to 1200ft.
The park was busy when I arrived and the parking lot carpeted by thousands of acorns, which I started picking up for the local wildlife center, and for my squirrel at home.
It was a great day for hiking, starting off a little chilly but the sun was shining and we'd soon get warm. We set off at a brisk pace.
On Sunday I woke up stiff but determined to go on another hike with a new group I'd joined. My philosophy was that if I got too tired I could always turn around and wait for them to finish. It was going to be another high elevation gain hike, and again about the 6 mile mark.
The women were awesome, very friendly, and I knew this would be a crowd I'd want to stay in touch with. We had our guide, Gibby, a local man, with us, and off we set.
I took Monday off as a vacation day and was glad of it when I awoke the next morning. I wasn't too sore but sitting at a desk all day would not have been good so I was pleased to be able to move around. I decided to visit the local wildlife center and drop off the nuts I'd promised them, a big bagful of acorns and hickory nuts.
I stopped at an old store in Millwood. A rocking chair had been placed on the porch, giving the place a homey feel, so I stopped the car on the side of the road to adjust my camera. The owner came out and we started chatting. He lives behind the building and has been concerned about break ins, so now keeps a vigilant eye on the old dwelling.
Built in 1875, this was a general store, run by a Mr Brown. The photo below shows him standing outside of his shop in the 1920's.
I waved farewell and went on to the animal center to deliver their nuts, happy knowing that the residents would be getting some tasty treats that day. I drove around a few country lanes enjoying the fall colors but then headed home, wanting to relax for the last few hours of freedom before my work week started.