My last post I was pondering my seventieth birthday and thinking about walking and swimming a bunch of miles to mark the occasion. My sister thought it was a good idea if I would just take it a bit easier and my brother thought I was nuts. They are probably both right. This photo matches my current thinking. Too much? Too little? Go this way? Go that!
Meanwhile, I leave Wednesday for the Reno Air Races. I am meeting my son and grandson there for several days of race watching and a lot of pit walking and gawking. Returning (back over the Sierra) from the Races next Sunday I am thinking about checking out some of the Pacific Coast Trail. The section through the Desolation Wilderness north of Echo Lake. I have loaded my backpack for a seven day backpacking trip but it will depend on what the weather looks like when I get up there. I think it is getting a bit late in the season but I won't know until I get there and talk to the Rangers. We'll see.
Since the guy I have been walking with is gone for a week I decided to try something different. I wanted to see if I could do seven miles this morning. Six walking and one swimming. I decided to walk from home to the Haul Road and hike to Virgin Creek. Retrace my steps and continue on to the V.Star Pool, swim a mile and then go home. Pre-planning via GMap Pedometer my total walk should be six miles. In actuality it ended up being 6.2. My total time to walk, swim, shower was three hours. 6:00 to 9:00. Not bad.
The reason I did this is because I have been thinking about what I would like to do to mark my 70th birthday. I have noticed there are one hundred days between January 1st and April 10th. If I could "do" seven miles a day for one hundred days I would celebrate my seven hundredth mile on my birthday!!
Pretty crazy. If I missed any days because of a cold or some other reason it would be really hard to "catch up". Maybe I should just stay home, lay on the couch and watch Planet Earth instead.
Oops! I don't have a tee vee. :-)
By the way, work is underway for the Fort Bragg Skate Park! About time!! The trees are growing along Franklin Street (top photo) and a jogger on the Trestle Bridge during this morning's walk.