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our saturday hike

We hiked South Mountain yesterday. We brought a camera, but the battery died the second we got it out. 😦 South Mountain was gorgeous, and we saw quail, a cactus wren, a robin, a desert squirrel (that came right up to me when I called it), and a road runner. The hike was beautiful, but we underestimated it.

It looked like it would be a relatively flat hike, and roughly three miles. It turned out to be somewhat of a climb and was more like five miles. So we were out there for two hours. I’m pretty drained today. I think we’ll try South Mountain again, but maybe after we’re a little more conditioned for it.

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papago park

John and I hiked Papago Park this weekend. Isn’t it beautiful? I wanted to take pictures, but ended up not doing so. However, we are awfully proud of doing a 4-mile hike.

I only wish my eating habits were as proactive and healthy as my exercise is. Baby steps, I guess. We have a scale now, though, so I am trying to be more accountable so I can see the scale go down and not up…

Anyway, the hike was fun. We plan to do it again. The trail was poorly marked, but I guess that was part of the adventure — figuring out where to go next! I’d like to go hiking or walking 3x a week, but it’s hard to squeeze it in to our schedules…it’s our aim, though.

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picture interlude

John and I on our family’s annual Christmas eve hike.


John and I at Lake Mead during Christmas after feeding the fish and ducks.


Us on our hike in the White Tank Mountains last weekend.

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I’ve had a bit of a bad week. Feeling a little better now.

I’m going to list some of the good changes going on in my life so far this year.

1. I made bread. Not for the first time (maybe the third time), but the first time that it tasted good. And boy did it ever! Sometimes, I’m a really good cook.

2. I go on walks and hikes with John. Our goal is three times a week, and we’re doing pretty good. Last Saturday we hiked in the White Tank Mountains. This week I think we’re going to try Papago Park. Being outdoors with the one I love really improves my mood. Winter in Arizona is so wonderful.

3. I sewed something. John gave me a sewing machine for Christmas, and I used it! I can’t wait to get better at sewing so I can try some of the projects I have floating around in my brain.

4. I’m still registered for the writing class…it starts January 17th. I’m still nervous, but still moving forward with it.

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