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Hiking Hocking HillsWe’re back from Hocking Hills, where our internet connection was spotty at best, so I didn’t get to post while away.  Which is fine, really – everyone needs a day or three off now and then.  We played many games with the kids, spent much time in the hot tub and ate a lot of good food.

Beloved and I also did some hiking.  I believe I’ve mentioned in the past that hiking ranks about 523rd on my list of Favorite Things To Do, but Beloved enjoys it so I tag along from time to time (even when it is 90º F with 80% humidity at 9 a.m.).

Tuesday’s hike wasn’t so bad; the terrain was relatively flat and easy to walk.  Wednesday’s, however, was only relatively flat and easy to walk at the bottom of of a stream bed, and getting there constituted climbing up and down over moss and lichen-covered rocks and ducking under fallen trees.  This poses little problem for my 6’1″ husband and his very long legs, but I’m only 5′ tall, and my legs are considerably shorter.  He climbed; I slid on my butt a lot.

In hindsight it was fun, but while it was happening I cussed up a storm uttered a few choice words.

After listening to me kvetch for awhile, Beloved observed, “It’s a good thing we’re not hunter-gatherers.”

“I’m 49 years old,” I replied, “if we were hunter-gatherers, I’d be a respected tribal elder and someone else would be doing this shit.”


12 comments

I’m in league with you on this one. While I like exercise, I’m not a fan of doing it in areas where the bugs and snakes know the landscape better than I do.

Carolyn says:

Lol…..I’m with you on the hiking thing. Though I would enjoy sitting by a stream. Sounds like you had a great time and that’s what is most important. :)

Michele says:

We are not so much hikers as walkers. If I have to scrabble up a trail than it is not for me.

Anne says:

Jerry and I hike a bit (it’s elder-hiking with only a tiny bit of careful climbing) when we are on vacation, and we walk every day. Along with a good diet that’s an important part of staying alive as long as possible — our object as 80 year olds. So just know it was good for you and what a great picture you got from it. That part of the trail, at least, looks easy.

I love B’lvds comment, and your snappy response.

Be says:

Don’t believe her – she did great and kept up with me just fine. A few years ago, before our lifestyle changes, this could never have happened. I’m proud!

Next time let’s do the rim trails!! :D

I thought hiking WAS butt sliding? Ha ha! I do that all the time! : )
Glad you had fun in spite of the hikes!

chuck says:

that is funny…you are a good sport. i suspect the hunters and gatherers would have been very content with allowing you to stay back readying the “kitchen” for your magical cooking.

Alex says:

To be honest, I’m not super into wilderness hiking, either! I am a big fan of city walking, and will trek for ages to find a well-researched, highly acclaimed restaurant…but put me in a forest…
I love the scenery, but I can’t say I’m a hiking fan. Glad you were able to pull through! Looks like the sights were well worth the sweat. : )

Erin says:

I slide on my butt sometimes while Other half is trucking it way far ahead of me… So glad you had a good trip. I haven’t stopped here in ages. Hope you are all well.

xoxoxo

Gretchen says:

You had me with the hiking, but then I heard the temperature/humidity and lost me totally. GORGEOUS picture though.

Coco says:

I love hiking at Hocking Hills…although I do it in the early spring/late fall because the only thing fun to do in 110% humidity is drinking by the pool :)

Jan says:

I agree with you 200% on that! We’re already making plans to return, just the two of us, this fall. If we even have one…the way this year’s gone so far, who can tell?

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