Walking

I went for a walk today. I try to walk regularly now as I know I need to. It used to be that a long walk for me was when I went to Walmart shopping. Not that I went that often.

Now I try to walk some every day the weather permits with no specific distance in mind. I try to walk away from camp for 20 minutes and hopefully the distance increases each time I walk. I start out uphill if possible so that it will be easier coming back downhill. I also try to tighten my abdominal muscles as I walk. I think this helps as my waist is smaller and my pants have to be held up by suspenders and my belt seems to go around my waist a time and a half.

The walking is not like normal terrain. I am in a desert region camping on the slopes of Saddle Mountain near Tonopah, AZ. The footing varies from small gravel to stone and boulder strewn¬† areas that are¬†not level and often cut with gullies or washes that must be crossed. There are also small trees and bushes that have to be navigated. All this while watching foot placement to avoid snakes (in hibernation now?), animal holes, ankle twisting rocks and uneven terrain just so I won’t fall and hurt my self to where I can’t get back to camp on my own power.

I did go up the mountain today. I went up the grassy slope on the left side of the picture to where the grass and the rock cliff kind of run together. It took between 15 and 20 minutes to get there and I stopped a couple of times to look back and catch my breath. While I was there I took some pictures and enjoyed the view. I was looking down onto a valley along which runs Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Los Angeles with mountains visible in every direction.

It didn’t take long to get back to camp. I think I could have rolled down the mountain into the wash which is less than 50′ from the van.dsc04661

The photo is taken out the side door of my van.