Jeannie and her 3 girls, AAA, (Ara, Autumn. & Arianna) picked Rocky and me up a little after Noon and drove about an hour to Hidden Falls, a regional park. Rocky was wearing his pack, and you've never seen a more excited puppy! It was a very beautiful place to hike and I understood that we were going to be doing a 3 to 4 mile hike.
We finally returned to our car (the last one in the parking lot) just before dark, and I don't mind saying I didn't think I could make it the last quarter of a mile, but I did - sheer willpower and determination! I am very proud of myself for hiking a little over 8 miles for the day. Rocky did probably 3 or 4 times as many miles as the rest of us because he kept us all in check, running back and forth! He had his pack on and was so good he didn't need the leash most of the time. I wasn't sure i'd ever be able to walk again, especially the first time I had to get up in the middle of the night! This morning I have taken it easy, while Rocky is doing what a dog does every chance they get - napping!
The trail had a lot of ups and downs, but the most trying part for me was the fact that my eyesight isn't so good and I had to be constantly looking down so that I didn't trip over a small rock or other obstruction. I wish I could hike every week or two and get myself back in shape.
We stopped to get burgers and fries on the way home, and ordered two plain burgers, no bun and no salt for Rocky - he scarfed them down so fast we thought he might have inhaled them.
On another note I'm expecting delivery of my weed trimmer today but I won't be trying it out! Since it has a special kind of battery that runs it, I'm sure I can just charge it today and hope I have the strength to try it out in a day or so.
So there you have it: 8+ miles! Gypsy's back on the trail, at least for a day!
I am scheduled for an echocardiogram tomorrow morning, so I don't want to nap today in order to be up early in the morning. I would sure love to stay in bed all day long though.
By the way, today is Rocky's first birthday. Happy birthday, Rocky!
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