Unlike last year when Helen and I were hiking masters, this year we have been very lackadaisical about our schedule. In other words, we haven’t been out on the trails for over a month. Mostly we like to blame the weather, but we’ve also had a lack of urgency … and on my part, a lack of interest. Quite frankly, I find the Oak Ridges Moraine uninspiring.
I think I have become a hiking snob.
Helen, on the other hand, is a machine. Her firm position is that we’ve started this venture and we must finish it … so today we were back on the trail …. and it was another lacklustre day.
We had trouble again finding our trail start. We drove up and down the same country road several times looking for any sign that we were in the right place. Finally we abandoned our planned 18k hike and found a new starting point which shortened our hike to only 10k. I could handle that.
Inspired by other people’s attempts to find gratitude in everything – even when circumstances don’t measure up to expectations – I decided to focus of the parts of today for which I’m thankful. Surprisingly, it became quite easy.
1) off the top, I have to be thankful that I’m healthy and strong enough to even consider making 18k hikes a normal part of my life. Add to that Helen’s opinion that any day, spent outdoors enjoying nature, is a good day. I have to agree with her.
2) finding gargoyles on a country road qualifies as unusual and deserves notice. I like finding quirky things in unexpected places. It makes me smile.
3) The trail took us by an equestrian park where the signage told us it will be the site for the 2015 Pan-Am Games.
Now I feel I am another word smarter than I was this morning.
4) today included many barking and rather scary dogs, empty beers cans littering the trail, and most alarming of all – several empty shotgun casings. Thankfully, the hike ended without any drama inspite of the evidence that it could have gone either way.
5) I’m very thankful for the 3 hour nap I had after our hike. Helen insists on dragging me out at 7 am and the earlier I have to get up in the morning, the worse I sleep. Last night was only 3 hours of restless slumber.
When I returned home, I promptly crawled under a blanket – still sticky from sunscreen and bug repellent – and had 3 hours of gorgeous uninterrupted sleep. I haven’t yet started to worry about its impact on my ability to sleep tonight.
6) Finally, I have to be thankful that we bought the winning ticket in tomorrow’s $5 million lottery draw. We decided we were feeling lucky and, while somewhat lost in the village of Palgrave, we stopped at a corner store and purchased what we are confident is the winning ticket.
We then amused ourselves thinking of all the frivolous things we were going to spend it on. Travel and more hiking are high on the list.
I promise I won’t let my new millionnaire status go to my head. I will continue to write my blog and share the adventures of my life as a nouveau riche … and all the new things for which I will be very thankful.