Saturday, September 27, 2014

Something Peaceful

My week was a whirlwind of work, shopping for new health insurance and, cramps, so when I woke up this morning I just wanted to do something peaceful. That's how I wound up hiking around my new favorite lake.

I was pleased to see the first colors of fall appearing among the leaves and there was a telltale nip in the air. I have always loved autumn, so I couldn't be happier.

I wound my way around the lake for an hour or so before I got adventurous and decided to try out one of the uphill trails that meandered through the woods.

The trail was a little narrow in places and one misstep would have sent me toppling down a steep hill. Rather than turn back, I decided to press on. I was listening to Allegiant, the last audiobook in the Divergent trilogy, and I think the main characters' bravery rubbed off on me. 

I managed to get through the entire hike without tripping over any tree roots or breaking any body parts. I also discovered that the park has a drinking fountain and a real bathroom. Well done, Nashville. I love a park where bathroom is not synonymous with port-o-potty.

I would like to have stayed for a little while longer, but a bunch of volunteers and boy scouts were in the park doing trail maintenance. They weren't telling people to leave or anything, but there were dozens of them and they all seemed to have huge wheelbarrows. I didn't feel like dodging them anymore, so I finally made my way back to the parking lot and left. I got in a total of 5.11 miles for the day. If it doesn't rain, I'll aim for more miles tomorrow.

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