Thursday, August 30, 2012
10,000 steps a day. I plan to continue doing it. Ali does it too, and it gives us a good reason to go for walk when we might not otherwise do so. I wanted a more proactive physical program to get into better shape. Traveling for work smells. I enjoy working with different sites, but the food options stink and exercising sometimes just doesn't happen. I needed a different option. I'm not fond of gyms and clubs. Many hotels limit access to exercise rooms to times when I may not be available. I recently found a website which encourages two hundred sit-ups as a way to stay in shape. The basic idea is you do 200 sit-ups a day every other day for three days a week. The plan they provide is five groups of forty reps with a minimum rest of one minute between reps when you reach your sustainment level. They provide a number of schedules to help participants reach their goal. I thought about this and realized it's easy to take a pad when traveling and even I might be able to do this. So I started. Never one to leave well enough alone, I decided to add 200 push-ups as a goal. Then I decided to fill in three of the open four days with 200 curls with each arm. Hmmmm, this is getting complicated. So far all has gone well. I was on the website's schedule for about three weeks before opting for a less aggressive schedule which still adds a few reps each session. I do about twice as many sit-ups as push-ups, but both are increasing. I've worked out with curls for a long time, but never structured anything so now at least that is defined. We'll see how this goes. I may even provide some updates. Hopefully, this will help me through a tough time mentally and give me some additional physical conditioning.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
We were out to find a new series of caches on the North Country Trail in Clarion and Venango County. Our first stop was the small town of Foxburg. It’s strange that neither of us had ever visited Foxburg. Our first stop was at an attractive, historic church in the town. We grabbed a nearby virtual before moving into town. The town was crowded. It was a nice town to visit a rare, local place that actually turned out the welcome for visitors. We visited a few of the attractions and found the first cache of the series and a benchmark on the nearby bike trail. We needed gas and were being threatened with rain, so we made a detour to Emlenton to find something small for me to eat and wait out the rain. After stopping at a store in town we made our way to a small park in town . The park was in a small ravine with a stream called Ritchie Run. We stopped at the top and were going to go for a walk through the park. We had just started down the road that ran into the park when the rain got really intense. We retreated to the geomobile to wait out the storm. Within a few minutes there was a steady stream of cars driving really quickly out of the park. Once the rain stopped we headed back to the road to hunt a few older caches in the park. We soon found out why the cars were racing out of the park. There was water everywhere. Little Ritchie Run was in flash flood and moving really quickly. I hadn’t seen a stream rage this hard since we visited Shenandoah just after a hurricane. At one point a small side stream had breached the road through the park. There was fast water everywhere. Many of the picnic visitors had left the park leaving behind picnic items in their hurry. We considered the safety factors and did the prudent thing. We stepped carefully in the fast water areas and came up with the finds. We stopped by another section of the NCT to hunt another cache in the series. We were able to find an older cache in the area, but the new cache had terrible coordinates and we weren’t able to spot the hiding spot.
Ali with the Fishing Bear in Foxburg
Inside the Caboose
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Thursday, August 02, 2012
It's been five years since I first looked for the multi in this park along the Niagara River. I've been back a few times since then and never came away with a find. This evening was no different. Find or not, walking the Niagara River on a warm, sunny evening is hard to beat.