My post yesterday was a little on the harsh side. In my defense, much like the troll who trolled me, I felt like I needed to say something or at least respond. Even if it was a little bit gruff.
The Troll Who Trolled Me
I had planned to talk a bit about my hike at Potato Creek and how awesome it felt to do something so close to normal and then that happened. I don’t think that it’s productive to not keep moving forward with my experiences, because as I explained in my post yesterday, people who are freshly diagnosed with Lyme Disease deserve to read something positive about their condition. I am going to give that to them.
How was my hike on Monday afternoon?
I worked for a few hours during the day. I then went home and picked up my Australian Cattle Dog, Dingo Lu, and then headed out to Potato Creek State Park. I hadn’t planned to hike as long and as far as I did. I was about a mile into the hike when I started to feel a little off. I decided to just slow down my pace and press on anyway.
It felt too good to be there.
By the time I finished hiking, we had walked 7.63 miles in just over 3 hours. This includes picture taking, Dingo Lu sniffing around and being a dog and a snack break. We just enjoyed our time from start to finish. I wanted to keep going but it was getting dark and my phone was dying.
The weather was nice. It was a great October afternoon with a warm breeze and a mixture of sun and clouds. The light was perfect for picture taking and attempting to capture the color of the leaves.
There were a few other people on the trails but mostly, we had the park to ourselves. That’s the way that we prefer it. I confess, I like to let Lu off the leash a little bit. She’s a very velcro cattle dog and rarely leaves my side. Or behind me. She’s usually herding me and never leaves my heels.
We had a good time walking the trails and spending time along the lake. It was beautiful. I did a lot of thinking about everything and the future. I think that going through this experience has helped me appreciate things that maybe I hadn’t before.
Here are a few snapshots from our hike. Lu was feeling really photogenic, if you couldn’t tell.