There are certain times of the year I have difficulty dealing with emotionally—since 2004, the interim of Aug. 1 and 9 is a bad one for me. So I try to find something positive and constructive to do at this time.
Right now I’m working on getting healthier so I’ve been walking a lot. This has led to an interest in hiking, and I’ve been trying out a new trail every other day. Today it’s the Mica View Trail at Saguaro National Park East, a relatively short trail but I’m working up to more strenuous hikes.
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My husband took me shopping for new hiking boots on Tuesday as he said my sneakers aren’t good for Arizona’s trail challenges: rocks, cacti, flash floods, and rattlesnakes (we call them buzz worms). I can also use the boots to practice ninja moves for warding off hungry mountain lions should they decide I look tasty. I’m sure I’m not tasty at all, silly animals.
I checked the Letterboxing North America site last night and found there’s a webbox to be found on the very trail I’ll be following this morning. You cannot plant an actual letterbox in a national park, hence a webbox. You follow the clues, make note of certain information, and then log it into the applicable web link indicated by the person who created the box.
It’s a beautiful morning in Tucson and I get to be outside—blessings that ease my heart somewhat. I have to leave now as I’m picking up a neighbor who is joining me on my hiking adventure.