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Old 12-03-2012, 11:57 AM   #21526
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and here I am smiling from ear to ear. I think it is great.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:00 PM   #21527
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I think it's great too. Why -- who is preggers? I'd better go read the entertainment news.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:09 PM   #21529
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We never have learned where Norton hides his stuffed toys. He knows, though. When ever people come to visit, he'll come running in with one to greet them and invite them to play.
Oh, we know where Peanut hides hers! On our bed... ON MY SIDE!!!

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Old 12-03-2012, 02:10 PM   #21530
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and here I am smiling from ear to ear. I think it is great.
Me too, I just love those tiny babies
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:22 PM   #21531
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The saga continues........

Yesterday decided to dispense with the 'intermediate' trails and go directly to the "very difficult" one......Ford Canyon......Hey, people walk it all time, what could be so difficult?

Gorgeous weather, not many people out, except at the very first, then I was wondering why they all disappeared......trail was fine, rocky and had to watch your step but not a biggie........for the first 3 1/2 miles....then there was a sign.....

"Hikers use caution, hazardous travel conditions beyond this point"

Didn't look dangerous to me.... Stopped to rest, drink a bit, and enjoy the scenery.

Proceeding slowly, I started to get just a bit concerned when the trail started getting a bit steeper, the footing looser, and the rocks bigger.....then came to the point where there are cliffs to one side, and sharp drops to the other.

The rocks in the path got bigger, the footing got looser, the drops got sharper and the freaking path got narrower!!!

And I realized I have a horror of heights.....must have been about the time my balance started going, and my legs started shaking.

Finally came to a point where the path curved, was very very narrow, and there was a huge boulder sticking out into it, making it even narrower with a lovely drop into cholla........and immediately sat down with my back to the cliff.

I can't remember the last time I was so scared.....knew I couldn't go forward, looked back and didn't want to go that way either......so there I was.

Took out my cell phone, texted a dear friend, and told him the stiuation. He called, and talked my down out of my near panic... thats all I needed, really, I knew I'd get down eventually but at that point I had hit a wall. Hey, if nothing else, was looking out at a beautiful vista, the weather was nice, and it was early....no hurry.

I turned around, and made my way slowly down the 3/4 mile or so of that nasty path....some of it on my butt, because going down is way scarier than coming up! Finished the rest on my feet, and logged somewhere between 7-8 miles round trip.....not bad for an old lady.

Lessons learned?

No more Ford Canyon. Have met my match there. Nature wins.

OH, and the tennies that have worked so well on regular rocky paths suck on loose dirt/rock paths.....apparently I"ve worn the soles smooth..... Get some hiking boots.

Things to be grateful for? A friend who doesn't yell at you when you are scared and tells you that you shouldn't have been there in the first place...just talks until you are calm. Had no one been available, I would have calmed down eventually, he made it so much easier.

If you are reading this, you know who you are and I thank you again.
I lost a close friend a few months ago, Lester was an avid extreme hiker. He was a tour guide for many hiking groups here on O`ahu, and a figure with the local hiking community.

Les fell off a mountain! He died doing what he loved, but he's still dead.

You be careful lady!
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:28 PM   #21532
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Me too, I just love those tiny babies
They are a wonderful gift, she says as she snuggles a sleeping five month old.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:01 PM   #21533
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You be careful lady![/QUOTE]


I can only 'ditto' that sentiment!

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Old 12-03-2012, 05:08 PM   #21534
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Glad that it turned out well. REI has a great collection of hiking boots. If you are a member (one time fee of $15 and then buy a pack of gum once a year) you can return anything you buy from them for a full refund, even if it is used. Which gives you great freedom in trying new boots and the like.

They also sell head lamps, emergency blankets, water purifiiers, and all sorts of othe stuff silly people who care pester you about.
Without all the imput I've gotten from here, I'd be less brave....

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Good for you that you managed to come down alone, DG you're a hero.
Yes, and good hiking boots is a must. i wear them all the time when I go walking.
I am wary of heights myself.......
Far from hero. Just stubborn......and just enough sense to know when to back off....

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I lost a close friend a few months ago, Lester was an avid extreme hiker. He was a tour guide for many hiking groups here on O`ahu, and a figure with the local hiking community.

Les fell off a mountain! He died doing what he loved, but he's still dead.

You be careful lady!
I'm sorry for your loss, Wodin. It can happen so easily even for experienced hikers. Yes, I'll be careful. Thank you..
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:15 PM   #21535
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It started with pens from the kitchen table.
Then my ear buds from my Kindle Fire.
Then her own collar.
Now several small "stocking stuffer" gifts have vanished!
And another pen!


Threatening her with legal action makes her fall asleep!

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Strider has been a jewlery thief from day one! AND! he's dissappeared some expensive stuff! guess who just got an armoire for xmas!

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Without all the imput I've gotten from here, I'd be less brave....



Far from hero. Just stubborn......and just enough sense to know when to back off....



I'm sorry for your loss, Wodin. It can happen so easily even for experienced hikers. Yes, I'll be careful. Thank you..
and tell someone where you are going?
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:06 PM   #21536
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Why do spiders feel the need to bungee/spider silk jump right in front of my face? Usually they aren't even big spiders (tonight a small daddy-long-legs) but it always gives me a near heart attack. Tonight the DLL was out of luck, I was holding a just made cup of tea and in a reflex I caught the spider in it. Normally I try to catch them in a glass (with a book or magazine on top) and throw it out of the window, when they're not directly over or near my bed I might even let them be (DLLs not big bodied spider, they move around too much). Flushed the tea in the toilet and got a clean mug to make another nice, claming cup of tea.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:38 PM   #21537
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The saga continues........
..........snip..............

I turned around, and made my way slowly down the 3/4 mile or so of that nasty path....some of it on my butt, because going down is way scarier than coming up! Finished the rest on my feet, and logged somewhere between 7-8 miles round trip.....not bad for an old lady.
You did the right thing. Both in trying a more difficult trail, and in realizing that when it got too difficult, it was time to turn around.

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No more Ford Canyon. Have met my match there. Nature wins.
May I suggest an alternative? Instead of giving it up completely, if you can, find someone you trust who is experienced with that trail, and try again together. Often, having someone who knows how to handle the tricky parts is all that's needed to teach you, and help you expand your abilities safely.

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OH, and the tennies that have worked so well on regular rocky paths suck on loose dirt/rock paths.....apparently I"ve worn the soles smooth..... Get some hiking boots.
Uh... yeah. There is a reason folks wear 'em. You'll find your footing MUCH easier with good boots. And it's not necessary to stop and get your balance with EVERY step... Some of the steps are pass-throughs... You step and go to the next balance point. Yes, you are off balance for one or two steps, but relying upon the stiffness of the hiking boot soles to keep you moving in the right direction. Try this on some relatively easy trails that have some rough footing and you'll see just what I mean.

I'm happy to hear that you are enjoying your new found freedoms!


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Old 12-05-2012, 08:00 AM   #21539
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Why do spiders feel the need to bungee/spider silk jump right in front of my face? Usually they aren't even big spiders (tonight a small daddy-long-legs) but it always gives me a near heart attack. Tonight the DLL was out of luck, I was holding a just made cup of tea and in a reflex I caught the spider in it. Normally I try to catch them in a glass (with a book or magazine on top) and throw it out of the window, when they're not directly over or near my bed I might even let them be (DLLs not big bodied spider, they move around too much). Flushed the tea in the toilet and got a clean mug to make another nice, claming cup of tea.

I've had one of these for years and it's great for all except the really big spiders we get down here. For them you need a broom and a garbage bin.
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Uh... yeah. There is a reason folks wear 'em. You'll find your footing MUCH easier with good boots. And it's not necessary to stop and get your balance with EVERY step... Some of the steps are pass-throughs... You step and go to the next balance point. Yes, you are off balance for one or two steps, but relying upon the stiffness of the hiking boot soles to keep you moving in the right direction. Try this on some relatively easy trails that have some rough footing and you'll see just what I mean.

I'm happy to hear that you are enjoying your new found freedoms!


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Hiking poles are another nice advantage on really crappy trails. Having a third and fourth point of balance instead of just your feet makes life much easier. Especially when going back down a rough trail.
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