Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Walk in The Park

No we did not walk in a park but our walking trek today took us to a part of Kendall county that we have not visited previously.  The goal was to walk to a few hours - checking out our newest hiking shoes with full back packs.  With water - my pack came in at 14 pounds (6.4 kilos) and Arlene's was 13 pounds (5.9 kilos) and that was with our trekking poles strapped to the sides. So as far as pack weight - I think we are very close to our target goal.  The good news is that we were able to maintain a steady pace with some bursts of fast walking mixed in with a slower pace as we looked at sites we had not seen before. 

 My Trekking Partners Being Silly

 Walking on Asphalt Not My Favorite 

 
 Off Road A Pleasant Discovery 

 According To My Friend This White Flower Is A Natural Mosquito Repellent 

 Nice View With Water 

 Purple Surprise

 Very Calm & Restful 

 Trekking in Fields 

 Herons? in the Distance

 Back on Asphalt 

Hidden Path - No Vehicles

After two hours of walking we covered 5.6 miles (9 kilometers) and no foot problems - no blisters.  In the process we discovered a new neighborhood which we visited for the first time and a nice pond complete with wild flowers and herons - the lone eagle flew away before I could get a photo.  On the walk back we discovered an empty road - the victim of  the economic down turn from a few years ago - the basic circle for that development stands as a lone survivor of an attempt to build a senior community.  We had no idea that this roadway was even there. With no vehicles it is a very flat place to walk or run in complete safety. 

Today was a successful day - good weather - no issue with the new shoes - good pack weight - so at this point we will keep up the walking - building our endurance - getting ourselves ready for a three day marathon next week and our second trek on El Camino de los Santos.

Buen Camino
Dale and Arlene