Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Short but Sweet

I got myself a set of trekking poles for Christmas.  So, since hunting season is over, and the day was halfway decent, I decided to put on my other Christmas present - the Bean boots, and go for a walk back in "my" woods.
I was surprised to see that an old dead tree, that last year was home for a red-bellied woodpecker, had fallen.
But, not so surprised to see that there were deer tracks everywhere.
The view down from the top of the incline, down into the woods was lovely.
Unfortunately, I discovered once I started down that the going was not the best.  There was a layer of ice under the snow and, inspite of good boots, and the poles, I was afraid that I would slip and fall again.  You can tell by my tracks that I was being very careful.
More shuffle than walk!  I got to an even steeper spot on the trail and reconsidered my desire to continue.  Hmmm, old bones, vs. a fanny slide down the hill.  Nope, I decided to go back home.  The trail will be there another day.  We're supposed to have a thaw this weekend, and maybe the trail will be easier to navigate.  It was actually quite nice to catch a view of my house through the trees. 
So near, yet so far.  I was very disappointed, and, partly in myself.  I'm sure that others would have pressed on, and everything would probably have been fine.  I guess I'm just not the bravest of souls.  Heck, I know I'm not the bravest of souls.  I just wish I had more adventurous bones in my body.

14 comments:

Upupaepops said...

You do know how to heel in on the down slopes, don't you? Is the snow deep enough for that?

Yak Trax might by your next investment. They give a great grip on the slopw and flat

Sharon said...

Adventurous but not stupid! Do you carry a cell phone or loud whistle and know S.O.S? Beautiful pictures! Looks like a cold walk!

Tina said...

Like always the most beautiful walk...I love trekking along with you, from the comfort of my chair lol....wish I was more like you that way. I am so afraid of falling anymore, it is almost getting ridiculous.

texwisgirl said...

Hey, I'm not 50 yet but I know very surely that I don't want to break any bones. And fanny slides are okay - if the fall down to the fanny doesn't leave you with the wind knocked out of you! So I don't think you should be disappointed at all! You got out there and you'll do it again. :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I had trekking poles when we lived in Alaska and got a lot of use from them--I can see you're going to do the same thing.

IsobelleGoLightly said...

You don't want to fall in injure you hips, Auntie Louise, so better safe than sorry. I too hope that you had your phone with you, just in case!

Canyon Girl said...

You certainly are adventuresome as much as you go hiking/walking in the woods all by yourself. But as they say: Better safe than sorry, so you made a wise choice. I have gotten so lazy with my walking after this bad year, that you will be my inspiration. I just decided this and it's a compliment to your tenacity about your walks. I'm the proud owner of an antique bamboo ski pole. Only one, but with dog in the other hand, it works.--Inger

Judith said...

Those poles look very classy! I am thinking of getting a pair myself. And no, you weren't showing a lack of bravery, you were doing the right thing and living to walk another day. Imagine the havoc and disruption, pain and inconvenience a broken bone or two could cause.

Dreaming said...

I enjoyed your walk! I'm sorry the going was so treacherous. Maybe next time!

Jabacue said...

The more you use those 'poles' the better you'll get with them. I've been using mine for about 3 years now.....and love them! Keeps the upper body 'toned' and of course helps in 'tough' areas on the hike/trail.
Now get back out there and go a little further each time Louise. Happy New Year.
Jim

Terry said...

I'm with you, Louise! Don't take chamces on ice, it's not worth it.

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Louise...thank goodness you had the poles!!
I'd rather have all my bones in tact than thave adventurous bones any day!!!
I've made it this far without breaking any bones no need to start now!!!
Smart move on your part!
Hugs Madi and Mom

Vicki Lane said...

You did the right thinng! My knees are in such bad shape that I can't risk a fall -- I creep along like a very, very old lady even going out to the bird feeder.

Gillian Barfoot said...

I love that tuck and fold of hills in your woods -- what a lovely wildscape to explore! It looks like the trekking poles are just the thing to keep your balance and support your knees on the bumpy bits.