Out walking on our trail yesterday. Afterward saw The Girl on the Train. I read the book some time ago and only remembered bits and pieces, but the movie brought it back to me. My husband and I were the only ones in the theater. I guess Sunday night is the time to go to a movie.
Yesterday, I got a much-needed dose of spring tonic. I awoke with clogged sinuses. I didn’t feel well the preceding day. It had rained all day. The good thing is that the rain melted off the snow.
My husband encouraged me to use the neti pot. That along with several vitamin C tablets did the trick, or started to do the trick. I started to come out of my lethargy. I prepared split pea soup in the crock-pot. I went out into the woods. The woods were the final cure. The streams swelled. There are waterfalls where there were none before.
The only snow that was left was in a cave like area. I say cave like because we have never ventured in there to see if it is an actual cave. The opening gets smaller and smaller. Once we asked my father if there were any caves on the property. He said, “No.” We told him about the two openings we saw. He said, “Don’t go in there.” Well, that leads me to believe….
I started listening to an audio book, “A World Lost,” by Wendell Berry. I’m sorry to say this is the first time I’ve read his works, a shame, since he is a Kentucky author. His phrases are brilliant. I plan on devouring all of his works.
The weather was great. We got out the umbrella for our table and ate dinner on the deck – split pea soup, Caesar salad, and wine. We love eating on the deck. We could hear the roar of the stream from the deck.
We rolled back the netting on the fish pond and fed the fish. The netting had been place on it during the late fall to catch the falling leaves. I’m happy to say both the gold fish and koi came out of hibernation in good shape.
My husband also put the hammock back up. Yes!
I still had loads of energy. I made some banana bread, knitted, and worked on some art. A snow picture, of all things. Later I prepared some juice for next morning’s breakfast. I’m not used to having so much energy. My husband, on the other hand, seems to never stop.
All of this was a joy after the hard winter and the previous couple of weeks when we had experienced the dreaded three. I won’t go into them. They say things happen in threes. One, a leaky roof, did get fixed. The other two will be much easier to deal with in the spring weather.
Still, having energy, I stayed up late, painting on my iPad. I was going for a watercolor style.
This morning I finished reading “Wild,” by Cheryl Strayed. Maybe it’s because I love hiking, that I thought this book was so marvelous. I checked out the e-book version from the library, but now I want a hard copy, or at least to have it on my Ipad for further reference.
Maybe this is the year that my husband and I might hike just a small section of the Appalachian Trail. I have backpacked only once, with him, at the Red River Gorge, and only then for a couple of nights. Perhaps we might just do that again.
I was inspired to do this picture this morning. This is a section of our small six mile trail that we have forged out on our farm. Our small farm is sixty percent woods. We like it that way.
I have done easy hikes where I walked fifteen miles in one day. I know that I have walked that much per day while visiting New York City (mostly Central Park) and Paris, France. My husband and I once walked a small section of the Lewis and Clark Trail in Oregon. I will never forget that trail. It was astounding.
At this point, I am so out of shape. We have been snowed in for over a week with freezing and below freezing temperatures. But Spring is coming (I hope?), and time to start walking again.
We have been spending time working on the trails around our house. We hope to get most of it to the point where we can take the tractor in for easier maintenance. There will be some rerouting to follow in order to get the tractor though, as we don’t wish to cut any trees. Possibly we could get 70% of the trail tractor worthy.
Yesterday I walked the entire length of what we have in trails thus far, tracking it with GPS, and taking pictures only a short distance of the way. There are some very steep hills, and as you can see it took me a while. I was so exhausted. Eventually, and hopefully soon, we want to make a time lapse movie of the trail.
Our dogs, Barney and Binka walk with me, but even they got wore out before completion yesterday. I found them waiting for me back at the house.
Most people say I have a competitive nature. It’s not necessarily competing against other people, because in that category I really don’t stand a chance. It’s more like competing with myself. It’s about doing something when people say I can’t do something.
We had limited time in Asheville. Upon arrival we enjoyed this great early dinner at Laughing Seed. It is a vegetarian restaurant almost across from our hotel. It is one of our favorite places to eat. We also love the hotel we stayed at, The Haywood Park Hotel. It is located in the heart of downtown Asheville and has some significant history. It was Asheville’s first department store in the 1930’s, and still carries much of that flavor. In 1985 it was converted to a hotel with only 33 rooms – large rooms. I love large rooms because I always take my yoga mat. At least 3 people could have done yoga easily in that room, and we got the smallest room. We had stayed there a year ago, and had a great room with a great view. Coincidentally, we were given the same room, without requesting it. We were on second floor – men’s ware. The voice in the elevator still says that. We took some great pictures both years, so I will compile and post more about the hotel later.
We had contemplated The Grove Park Inn, but it would require some driving into and out of town, plus the fact it was much more expensive, and the room would have been much smaller. Still yet we wanted the Grove Park Inn experience, at least a little part of it. So, my idea was to walk from town, supposedly a 5 mile trek round trip, mostly steep uphill getting there. We asked the waitress at Laughing Seed about walking it. She strongly recommended driving. Basically she said you can’t walk it. I asked if there were sidewalks the whole way, to which she said yes, but still don’t attempt walking it. We went back to the hotel and asked at the desk. We got the same advice. We left for Grove Park Inn, my husband following my determined lead. We are notorious for getting lost. I asked someone not too far into the trek if we were headed in the right direction. This was a young guy who hiked. Maybe it was our age. He said, that way, but you can’t walk it. At this point it was really a challenge. Not too far out of town it began raining. No umbrella. It was a light rain, and we were supposedly closer to the hotel at this point than to town, and I wasn’t about to turn back. But, we took a wrong turn, going through a long tunnel. So, we had to back track. The total trip instead of being a little over 5 miles registered 8.22 miles on my phone GPS.
Saturday was clean up day for our county. So, we took advantage by doing some clean up around here. A friend brought over a trailer, and my husband and he worked together on both our place and his. There were people at the unloading spot to take advantage of other people’s discarded stuff. I’m not sure ours would be of use to anyone, but hopefully so.
I fixed a pretty healthy late lunch for us, a salad and lentil soup. I throw everything into soups and salads. They are vegan and mostly organic, so overall healthy. Since lunch was late we weren’t so hungry for another meal but wanted something else. Did you ever notice how husbands and wives after being together for a while have the same thoughts? Sadly, we were both thinking MacDonald’s fries. It’s been years since we’ve eaten anything at MacDonald’s. My husband had his Ipad handy, so I said look up the ingredients for their fries. The list cried out total GMO to us.* We came back to our senses. I thought I have potatoes, organic ones. So, I got off my lazy butt and went into the kitchen. The fries I made turned out great. I sprinkled olive oil, sea salt, freshly ground mixed peppercorns, chili powder, and nutritional yeast on them and baked.
On Sunday we went beyond the natural wonders in our own back woods and explored The Arboretum in Lexington, Kentucky. http://www.ca.uky.edu/arboretum/index.php We have done two weekend Lexington trips in a row now. I think we’ve pretty much used up our tax return on Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. On both trips I’m happy to say we took the opportunity to explore walking paths in Lexington. On the first trip we took the 2.5 mile hike at Shillito Park. It was a nice walking trail, but I much preferred the beauty of the arboretum trail. The Arboretum trail with it’s sights along the way made the walk seem like it went by so fast.
Visiting other trails are often an inspiration for us for ways we can improve our own trail and property. We have piles of saved up old lumber, barn wood, etc, that hopefully we will have a use for.
*McDonalds FRIES are cooked in genetically engineered oil. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil (85% gmo), corn oil (85% gmo), soybean oil (90% gmo), hydrogenated soybean oil. From: Millions Against Monsanto by OrganicConsumers.org