I got pretty good at the sport in no time. Two reasons I think so:
- I did a 10-minute mile walking (world-class racewalkers can average under seven and eight minutes per mile).
- And people on the road made fun of me. Pretty much said I had damn good racewalking form.
Well, another item on the wish list was to experience a spa vacation in the Poconos. Scouring through Fitness and Shape magazines while nursing bambini over the years, I read about Deerfield Spa, one of the country’s most affordable destination spas. One year I even called to inquire about visiting and then thought practically that I shouldn’t spend that money on me. The kids needed this and that and all I wanted was for them. I did think about that place many years, though, and in April 2006 I made my dream come true and attended Deerfield for a week-long spa adventure. I was revitalized and rejuvenated. I made some lifelong friends. And I hiked.
I had been a Girl Scout, and later a leader of my own troops, many years of my life. I had loved the outdoors and camping. As an adult, I always had responsibilities for twenty-some children at a time. Had to make sure they were safe around the campfire and while running through the woods. Had to keep my first-aid skills current; warn the girls not to play in the creek, hoping they wouldn’t come back to the cabin with leeches on their little legs; and pray that my leadership would keep us safe and my first-aid skills would never seriously be tested. So it was all fun, but the focus was always on the girls.
|Peaceful and serene on the trails.|
|Always a feeling of accomplishment when you get to the top.|
|Reaching new heights.|
Until next time, yours in fun and hiking…Therese