Monday, May 21, 2018

Hiking Cinque Terre in Italy

Our hiking on the Cinque Terre trails was so much more spectacular than I had anticipated. The people were awesome and the pace was a bit slower than the city.
Here's the town of Manarola where we stayed. The day we arrived we hiked to our first town of Corniglia. 

There are official trails but they can be open and closed at any time depending on conditions. 

 This is how they roll! I love it!
 This is the direction we were heading. The terraces are mostly grapes for wine.
 Our town gets smaller and smaller the higher we go.

 This is an olive grove. When it is time to harvest they will mow and lay out the netting that you see in the trees.
 The area is also known for their pesto. Yum!
 There's our town way over there by the water.
 And you can see the town we are heading to. 

  The Steps!Lots and lots of steps!

 Coming into Corniglia.
 This was the town from a outside bar we stopped in to refresh.... 
Overall I think the hike was 2 hours and 15 minutes. Of course that was stopping for all of the breathtaking views too!
And we obliged the one eared cat. Then jumped on the local train for the few minute ride back to our village of Manarola.

I guess I'll do our second day on another post since this one went so long.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Moving Mountains Weight Loss challenge

Every year my town has a 16 week weight loss challenge. You pay to join, and can win cash prizes as well. I know I'll never win any prizes, but I like to join for the accountability.
This is a 16 week challenge and I feel like I was successful!

Accountability is huge for me. My sister and I text each other our weight weekly.
Another friend, Linda, and I text about our weight training. (my arms feel like hamburger was a text I sent recently!)
I got a permit to hike Mt St Helens next month with a group of ladies. (I only know one of them)
I signed up for a September 1/2 marathon.

Putting challenges in front of me keeps me moving too!

How do you keep motivated?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Spring Hike

Last Saturday was supposed to be sunny and chilly- a perfect day to enjoy hubby's day off with a hike somewhat close to home. 
Turned out it wasn't sunny but we decided to go anyway. 
I use an app called All Trails to help me find hiking trails.

And even though it was only 4 miles it was a lot of up hill!

 View to the west.

 View to the east.
 The dogs were very interested in Cory's lunch!

Little bits of spring.

I've got a few hikes on my 2018 list that I want to complete. 
That will have to wait for the snow to go away first.

Monday, March 26, 2018

30 Days Muscle Building

Spring is certainly here- rain, wind, hail, snow, then do that again every 30 minutes! It makes knowing what to wear difficult!!
So, I'm doing most of my exercising indoors. I'm starting this today! Although I'll probably end up doing it at the gym, just cause I tend to work harder and have less distractions when I'm not at home.
You can find it by doing a good search. Let me know if you want to do it along with me.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Signs of Spring

We have had a very mild winter, but it hasn't been nice enough to spend much time outside, until yesterday!

This is Chimney Rock, fairly near my town. (45min drive is fairly close) I went here about a month ago, but missed the trail and the dogs and I never made it! 

 LOOK! A little sign of spring.
You can hardly see in the photo but there are 2 of the 3 Sisters mountains  in the distance.

Driving up the canyon was some amazing rock formations.

I couldn't get Porter or Elsa to pose with me.

I hope today is a taste of more sunshine to come!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Chasing Sunshine in January

 We have had a very mild winter, but I still prefer the warm temperatures. When it's fair and sunny I'm doing my best to get out and enjoy it. Almost 2 weeks ago now, I had hubby drop me and Elsa off at a trailhead and we were hiking to Smith Rock state park where he was going to pick us up a few hours later. I've been to Gray Butte and Smith Rock, but never on the trail connecting the two. It would have been close to 10 miles, but we missed the trailhead and ended up at 8.1 miles. I think my weight training is paying off as I felt strong, even carrying a 13 pound pack.
The first few miles were a little muddy. I wasn't loving that, but soon the trail dried up. 

 These photos give you a good idea of the high desert of Oregon where I live. 
 We get about 10" of precipitation a year.

 Old growth juniper trees.

Across the way is where our hike started.

 I knew I was getting close when I started seeing rock formations.

This Saturday is supposed to be decent as far as weather... I'm investigating where I should go. 

Keep on moving!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January HIking

While many were in the deep freeze we had a sunny but cold day. We didn't waste it as it has been very gray and gloomy. 
Our plan was to go on a 5 mile loop starting at Tumalo Falls. The road to the falls was closed so we started with a 2.5 mile trek down the road. 

 And finally made it. 
 We hiked to the top of the falls which was where the loop was going to start. 
 We put on our yaktrax, since the trail was ICE and very slick!
 The loop has 10 waterfalls and we made it to the first one called Double falls.
 I really liked the black and white since there really wasn't a lot of color anyway. (notice I got out my trekking poles too!)  We went back the way we came, but when we got to the falls we saw a trail that would bring us back to our vehicle. That sounded a lot more fun then trekking the road.
 This looks like a fun, flat area, but it was still very icy. I think my yoga was put into action- I'm learning balance.

And we got back to the truck about 4:50. I wasn't keen on using headlamps on the ice. Thankfully we didn't have to. Boy, I was sure sore later that day and the next! I got an extra workout. 7.11 miles total and 4.6 on ice. I'm looking forward to returning in summer!