The brain on hike……

One of the main purposes of my blog was because I love to hike. I also do NOT love to run. I ran track in 1990. My friends loved it, I did not. They went on to be state competitors and now have state competitor offspring runners. Fast forward to today, lots and I mean lots of people RUN. The business of marathons is booming. My blog is an antidote for people who don’t want to run, but get their fitness on. FYI, Hiking CAN be enjoyed by runners but, hiking does NOT take skill or speed and I believe it is a very enjoyable past time; and wouldn’t it be nice to see a NIKE shirt with HIKE and a swoosh? I might actually buy that shirt instead of all the RUN +swoosh shirts. Growing up one house away from an endless desert mountain range was the only vista I knew for 95% of my youth and I have long enjoyed me a good hike. I have even enjoyed some of my best hikes with my running pals. 🙂

 

This is a post about hiking that I just came across on facebook.

Doctors Explain How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/04/08/doctors-explain-how-hiking-actually-changes-our-brains/#comments

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weekend hike

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the WHB gang

We took a hike this weekend to Boise’s premiere hiking destination. (Or at least the only one I’ve officially ever heard of…) Table Rock We didn’t have a plan to go there and I wasn’t even aware of what the destination was supposed to look like.  The trail is apparently more scenic than the destination from what I could see. We didn’t have too long since I had to be back for a meeting later that afternoon so we threw food and liquid in backpacks, put on our shoes, and headed out the door. Since our hike took place after church, we got going without lunch and I immediately was very weak and hot. We had to eat pretty early or I wasn’t going to be able to continue, let alone the children. We found a beautiful shady spot and had some Brie and bagels and that brought back the pep in our step and we continued. We didn’t make it to the “Table Rock” due to lack of time, but it was a nice hike on trails above Boise. We’ll plan more time and make it to the destination next time, but the nice wildflowers on the trail made it particularly awesome as they won’t last but a few days or weeks at most.

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Nice blue skies 

 

Travels to the South and then to Southwest Florida

Traveling to visit Mickey Mouse wasn’t far enough so we had to go North a bit to visit the South. We had never been to the South before. We made the trip to visit cousins that we see during the summers in Idaho, but we had never been to their home. After standing in lines the previous 2 days, sitting in a car for several hours was a welcome relief. It was a rainy drive through Georgia and I thought it was very beautiful.  We arrived on Friday evening and 6 kids slept out in a tree house in Auburn, Alabama. The next day, we enjoyed Southern style barbeque, visiting their nice college town, and some Easter activities. We hadn’t planned on going there so we didn’t stay long though. We then left “the South” and went South to Southwestern Florida. We were staying on the gulf in Punta Gorda, Florida. I had found a hotel on the waterfront where they provided bikes to their guests. As soon as we arrived, we were on bikes. It was a lot of fun. It was muggy and a flat level bike ride left me sweaty like a pig, but I hadn’t really even exerted myself on the beach cruiser. At one point, we came in contact with the local biking club and I almost got in their way. We are more  the leisure biking crowd though so we quickly moved off to the side and let the real bikers through. 🙂 We woke the next day and enjoyed more biking and swimming at the hotel. Spring break was coming to a close though so we headed back to Orlando to catch our flight home. After all of the Florida traffic, we were very happy to return to much less populated Idaho.

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Punta Gorda, Florida