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That's great you're able to do that. I could go back to Minnesota also if it was required, but this place in Alaska has me captivated. If it comes down to it though I'll be back there in a minute if necessary. Good luck to you.

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I agree that only when you're healthy yourself you can effectively care for your parents.
Over this past year I have realized how much my family really means to me and that I need to move back and be closer to them. The real eye-opener was when my sister told me she was getting married and I gained 16 pounds in just 3 months until I was able to go home and attend her wedding. I was emotionally unable to cope not being there for her.
My husband and I decided to move back as soon as possible.

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Thanks Michelle. My wife has been away a lot the last couple of years. First when her dad was failing, and now her mom. It's most difficult for her of course, but as the weeks go by it sometimes gets difficult for me too. I'm not a person that likes to be alone. I hope it goes well with you and your parents. My parents are next on the list. I think it helps to be working on being healthy at this stage of life.

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Hey, Craig - I was just updating my blog and saw your post. See, you're not talking to yourself!

I've also had some insights the past year or so - the realization that someday soon I might need to take care of my parents and how I need to be in good health myself to be an effective caregiver. Another "aha" was that I didn't HAVE TO resign myself to shopping at the big size stores someday. Getting older doesn't necessarily mean we have to get heavier.

I'm glad to have "discovered" Nordic walking too - our little group took a night-time hike on Saturday evening before pumpkin soup dinner. It was great! It was funny to see other joggers, walkers, and bikers out in the dark with various light solutions attached to their hats, clothes or equipment.

Have a good week!

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I'm probably just talking to myself in this thread, but sometimes that's just as well. I have to say that this SparkPeople thing has probably been a life saver. At 55, you have two choices: do whatever you want and die young OR do what you really want and live to see as much as you can in this life. First best thing was my wife deciding we'd quit smoking, and it's worked since January 1. Second thing was I had a sort of epiphany that I was getting fatter and fatter and I was tired of buying continuously bigger pants. Friends would say something about how I'd apparently gained some weight but that I "carried it well".

Anyway, thanks to DietColaLola I've gotten walking and burning calories and have found a whole new enthusiasm for life.
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About a week ago I realized I was in a rut with my diet and exercise, and not really making any further progress. So I first kicked it in gear on the diet side and reviewed my eating habits. I'd been eating healthy stuff, but too much healthy stuff. So I'm refocusing on portions. Yesterday I discovered MapMyWalk.com and figured out a more challenging route to work. The scale finally budged off the number it had been stuck on for so long!

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Zella - congratulations! Looks like you hit your weight goal! We switch our clocks back this weekend too, which I'm looking forward to because I walk in the morning and at noon.

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All I can say to that is Brrrr!

The temperature is one thing but the time change is another. We turn our clocks back this weekend so late afternoon walks will have to be earlier (did that make sense?) or we'll be poling in the dark. I really enjoyed walking in the evening this past summer and I'll miss that, may need to switch to AMs.

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Had a great hike in the woods here Saturday also. It was cool - in the upper 30's F, but then when we got back to sea level it was warmer and sunny so we were able to get out in the boat for a cruise. It's 12F (-11C) up in the Arctic already where we lived just a few years ago!

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Happy Sunday!

Yesterday, we had a really nice NW tour, arriving at an outlook point just as the sun was going down - a fire-red ball between layers of deep purple clouds. Magnificent!

We had our first snow this morning - but it didn't stick. the ground is still too warm. Last Sunday, we had summer-like weather so this was a drastic change! I hope to get a walk in later this afternoon if it's not too rainy (or snowy).

Hope you're all enjoying the weekend.

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I'm glad to be back as well. I got back last night and although I did my best to enjoy myself at home, I wish I had a pair of poles at home. Oh well, at least I did good avoiding the computer the whole week. I missed my friends here on spark, though.

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Hi, Craig

Trekking poles are heavier and don't have the little rubber feet that you get with NW poles. NW poles are lighter and more flexible and also have that trigger-glove kind of thing that you grab and release as you walk, giving you the push-off for that good upper body workout. Trekking poles have a normal handle - don't know how to explain it better without a picture.

One good way to see the difference is to look at the websites of the people who make them like Leki to see what different kinds of poles they offer.

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What's the real difference between Nordic poles and trekking poles?

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I'm glad to be back to SP, too. I was pretty careful about what I ate on the first days of vacation, knowing that eating would be a major focus at the missionaries' retreat. The American team brought all the goodies for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday evening, and also baked us jumbo chocolate chip cookies that were served after the evening service. Might as well just apply directly to your hips! The food at the Swiss hotel was also excellent - all that wonderful cheese!

But I did get in some great hiking - four hours on Tuesday and I didn't even have any sore muscles the next day! I missed my Nordic walking poles a few times, although I think trekking poles would have been more suitable. Next time I'll take some along.

I'm back to tracking as of NOW and will be doing damage control this weekend - won't weigh in till my usual Monday and maybe all the cheese and cookies will have been worked off by then!

Have a good weekend everyone!

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Glad to be back and into the walking routine again. After 10 days on the cruise, I only gained a couple of pounds, so I'm happy about that. My favorite shore excursion was Istanbul - awesome!

Yesterday I ended up walking home in a big storm with 50 mph winds and torrential rain - nearly blew over! Fun!

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I guess it's vacation time around here... In 10 days I will be leaving for a short vacation to Germany, I can't wait!!

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Wow - we're a travelling bunch! We leave for Venice Thursday on our way through the eastern Mediterranean for about a week!

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Happy trails to both of you, Craig and Deb - I'll be leaving on a short vacation to Switzerland shortly after the time you get back.

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All,

My weekly strides will take me to Leipzig tomorrow and then on to Chicago this Saturday. That means I won't be posting much until after the 3rd of October, when I return.

Have a great week everyone and keep truckin'

Craig, ask the old Codger if he doesn't see the snow. Let him think you do! *LOL*

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On my way to work every morning there's an old codger that I pass, and he always asks if I found the snow yet. I bet he keeps doing that until the snow does come.

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It was a gorgeous weekend in Germany! Zella, I'm pretty sure you had it as nice as we did up here in Nord Rhein Westfalen. We didn't do any Nordic Walking but were outside all day Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, I did my "City Walking", which is three hours of walking in town, shopping. It's my "me time" and I love it!

Purple Angel, I'll open a new thread about the Antiinflammation diet. It is THAT interesting!

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Just thought I'd stop by and say that we are finally having some of those beautiful fall days here in southern Germany that I love!!

We had a great Saturday NW tour yesterday, finishing up in time to see a gorgeous sunset from the hill above the village. We usually walk for an hour and a quarter. I'll be going for a shorter walk this evening, too, maybe catch another sunset. Gotta burn some more calories before my Monday weigh-in!

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Tell me more about the anti inf,amation diet?? Sounds interesting - I always seem to ache somewhere!



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Barkley certainly thinks she is a person! In fact, she probably thinks she is superior -- after all, she has 4 legs and we have only 2!

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Of course dogs can get sore muscles. Dogs are people too! Our two sled dogs only get out once a week to really run because we've never trained them to walk on the leash very much. So usually Saturday mornings I take them to the forest and I hike about a mile and back and in the meantime they run about 5 times that. They run way ahead, then run back to check on me, then run way ahead again. They're age 4 and 3 and we got them from a native when we lived in the Arctic. They're fun to take along. Or are they taking me along?

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Nordic Walking with Doggy...

It was SUPER! The leash thingy worked perfectly and Barkley was adorable as always. She trotted on ahead of me about 85% of the time. Only once in a while did she get distracted.

She was WORN OUT when we got home. She went to her corner, curled up and went to sleep within about 5 minutes!

Question: Can dogs get sore muscles?
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Lou,

Glad to hear you had a great holiday! And GREAT to have you back.

As I mentioned in the Welcome thread, I have also been a bit AWOL lately because I've had so much to do at work and have been very active with the Nordic Walking in the evenings. I don't tend to post on weekends as I spend practically my whole working day on the computer 5 days a week and have other things to do on Saturday and Sunday.

My Nordic Walking event was fabulous! I went with two other women from my group and we had so much fun. We did the shorter track (about 6 miles as opposed to 14 miles) but my heart rate monitor said I burned about 1000 calories doing it. WOW! I know those things are not an exact science but still, I was impressed.

I'm walking for an hour today after work and bringing my dog for the first time. Hope she behaves!

Have you read about the Anti-Inflammation diets? I am reading a book about this now and was amazed how many different doctors and health experts recommend this. Given my general aches and pains and the fact that I have SO much trouble losing weight - even on a completely controlled diet, I really think that this is something I need to do.

Everybody, have a great week and let me know how you're doing -- Nordic Walking and otherwise!

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Hi there

My weekly strides have been rubbish lately as has my general diet etc. Need to get back on course. When I spent 2 weeks using this site lots it really motivated me, but it took over my life, I was always on the computer. I need to find a balance and am working n that this week.

On a more positive note, I'm just back from my canal holiday. It was great. The boat was tiny, but great for the two of us. I didn't do much Nordic walking at all, the locks were only about half a mile to a mile apart and if I was going to walk between them then I needed to carry a windlas for opening the lock paddles - not too easy with a set of poles as well.

Good holiday though, I can throughoughly recommend it. You have to slow down. The max speed limit is 4mph, so you can't take everything at a hectic pace.

Loved it!

Right I'm off to get back on track - see you soon

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Pretty much - although it felt very different to ordinary running. The push off the poles changes the whole feel - lots of fun, very sill, couldn't have kept it up for long!


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Not that I'm ready to do any running soon, but is the technique the same as walking (but you're obviously running)?

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Hi there

Today was my walking class again. We did an hour and a quarter ish around a park with some nice flat open areas and some quite steep wooded areas. We also had a go at Nordic Running and did some cross training which included skipping and leaping. Very Silly, lots of fun and very tiring. My fitness is definately better than it was, but the running was a bit much for me!

We're doing all right for weather at the moment, which makes a change as it has rained all summer. However, it's a bank holiday weekend this weekend coming, so I'm expecting more rain. I need to look into waterproofs too - mine have too much bulk around the hips and the poles get caught up in them!

Craig - I'm not sure about the boat - my brother hasn't told me lots about it. It's apparently quite a small one - I'll know more in a couple of weeks when I get there! It's on the Kennet and Avon Canal near Reading in the south of England

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I'm a bit concerned about the rain also. Ketchikan, Alaska is in the temperate rainforest and we get 15 FEET of rain a year. The last month has had minimal rain, but I'll have to get a strategy of how to gear up once it starts raining again. I don't want to have to quit walking! I wonder what runners or marathoners do other than just get wet?

P.S. I checked on the Web and think I'll try to get some North Face waterproof/breatheable pants and jacket. Looks like about $70 each on sale. There's a lot of more expensive brands, but I think they're more intended for people that climb Mt. Everest and such.
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Purple, nice that you're back posting! Isn't it great to have your own poles?

Craig, sorry I haven't been posting but I'm SWAMPED at work and can barely take time to log my food here. Thanks for keeping up the rhythym here while I'm trying to get out from under the load of stuff on my desk. By the way, I like your new profile picture!
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If it doesn't rain today (please pray that it does NOT), I'll be Nordic Walking a really beautiful route with my Mobilis group -- right across the Lion's area of our city zoo!
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Take care all!

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Wow - a canal boat! I've seen pictures - is it a live aboard type? Sounds like fun.

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Hi there - sorry I've not been around - trying to spend less time on the computer and more outdoors!

I finally got my own poles this week and have been out with them today - I walked to the next village where I met my other half and our friends for a drink. I'm trying to make exercise fit in with what I'd be doing anyway, which makes it much less of a chore.

I missed our class this week, but am looking forwad to next week - we are now doing Nordic Fitness which involves circuit training etc. My friend said it was a lot of fun - aparently they also started Nordic running - we'll see how that goes - I've never been a runner, but my friend is and she said it was much easier and very different, so maybe I'll take to it.

We're going away on a canal boat for a few days in September. My partner doesn't drive, so usally I do all the driving. It'll be good to get him to do the driving for a change when we're on the boat.. AND the max speed limit on British canals is 4 miles and hour, so I'll be able to walk along side and get lots of practise with the poles in!

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Oooo bummer! It wasn't because you got off at the wrong train stop was it?

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OOOUUUCCCHHH!!!!!!!
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Yesterday, I was rushing about in the city on my lunch break trying to run some errands and I slipped on a cement staircase, fell and twisted my ankle! It isn't broken and it probably isn't even sprained but it's swollen, hurts like hell and is blue.

Which means... I can't go to my Nordic Walking session today.
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I am totally bummed out because I am trying to train for my event and each lost training just means a little less fit for the event.Cross your fingers that this goes away quick so that I can at least go Nordic Walking on Thursday.

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Welcome back Fearless Leader!

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8/8/07 8:06 A

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I'm BAAAAACK! It was a spectacular vacation and I'm sorry it is over so soon. I got a little bit or Nordic Walking in but was generally just enjoying sun and water on Lago Maggiore at the border opf Switzerland and Italy.

I'm going to go Nordic Walking tomorrow with my group for an hour. I'll let you know how it went.

by the way, I got adjustable poles from Leki. They were really expensive but they are n9ce if you are someone who travels and you want to take them along.

Take care all!

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8/6/07 12:42 P

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Finally got out hiking through the forest with the dogs again Saturday. I had missed the previous weekend and they were so excited they barked all the way out to the lake. Using the walking poles helps with balance on the trail, and gets you to swing your arms and twist a bit. I know I'd feel better physically if I got out more often. Guess it will take awhile to make it more of an automatic habit.

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Wow - I don't think I'm close to even imagine nordic running! I think I may have overdone it last week, and this week I've slacked off a bit. At least that's my excuse. Actually I probably didn't overdo it last week - just underdone it this week.
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I tried to do my class today - I really did!

I didn't want to go as feeling tired and achey, but dragged myself there. Only to find that she had forgottent to bring all the poles, or had leant them out or something. I tried a bot with a set that were slightly longer, but that hurt my sholder and then I walked normally for a bit, then I gave up and went home.

I've ordered my own set of poles, so hopefuly that won't happen again.

No class next week and then we move onto the next level - Nordic Fitness Classes which will include Nordic Circuits and Nordic Running - I'm scared!!

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7/26/07 3:49 P

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Craig, Lou,

I'm off on vacation for the next 10 days and may not be able to post at all. Of course I have my Nordic Walking poles with me!!
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If I can get an Internet connection, I'll be posting, otherwise, I'll be Nordic Walking, swimming, sunning and just enjoying life for the next 10 days.

See you when I get back!

Deborah

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7/24/07 4:19 A

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Craig,

You're doing really well! I agree, there's no reason why you can't walk EVERY day.

I know what you mean about getting off the train one stop too early in Wuppertal. They actually have two main train stations here but the REAL main train station is the second one. That's where you get all the connecting trains.

I didn't get to go Nordic Walking yesterday with my group as I had hoped because it poured rain and everyone cancelled. Instead, I went home and did 30 minutes on my elliptical which is good exercise but BORING as hell.

I am gearing up for my vacation. We go on Friday to Lago Maggiore for about 12 days. There will be lots of sun, water (swimming) and every morning I plan to go Nordic Walking there at least 5 kilometers so I don't lose my momentum.

I may not be able to post during my vacation. We are hoping to get WiFi from a hotel very near by where we are but not sure.

Keep on walking!

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Went on my "weekly" walk today. For the past several months I have taken our sled dogs out to run every Saturday. There's a couple that I recruited to come down from the Arctic where I was previously to this quite temperate region of Alaska that I've been able to get them to come along. We work for a native healthcare organization here. I consider myself tremendously lucky to live in this place. We walked about 2 miles through the rain forest this morning on a trail that's maintained by the US forest service. Didn't see any bears (good thing), and enjoyed the stream and the flora. Frank and Zeke (the dogs) even got to meet up with some other dogs who had taken their owner for a walk also. Walking is so good! And I really like walking with the poles through the forest - makes me feel more confident I won't slip and twist my ankle or something. Thanks again for starting this group.

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I was in Wuppertal once - I had to change trains there, and I got off at the first stop instead of waiting for the one I was supposed to switch trains at. Got a bit confused. That group sounds like fun. Thanks for the encouragement. Some things I've read say only do the cardio 3 times a week. I can't imagine why it would be bad to do the walking thing every day...

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WOW Craig!! This is sooo cool! I am so happy to hear that you got equipment so reasonable and went out for your first trek!
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The countryside where you are sounds beautiful and you describe it so well. Are you a writer of some sort?

I know how you feel about this sport. I'll tell you, it is really big over here in Europe and at first, I always thought, "God why are these people walking around with ski poles? In the city! That looks really stupid."

Then I joined this group called Mobilis (which is Latin for mobility, I assume -- my Latin is not so good!). Anyway it is a group sponsored by the German Ministry of Technology (of all things! not the Ministry of Health) and it focuses on long term lifestyle change for the purpose of weight loss and fitness. We meet together for a year (and I think we are also being studied by the leading doctors because we constantly have to fill out questionanaires and take tests.) It's not a diet group like Weight Watchers or something (although we do follow the Glycemic Impact theories) but the focus is on long term fitness through increased movement and a BIG part of the program is Nordic Walking.

I went the first time with my Mobilis group in a park here in Wuppertal (the town I live in) and I was hooked. You see, a year ago I severely broke my shoulder which more or less put me out of any physical activity for a year (and hence, weight gain). This sport lets me move my shoulder with relatively no pain, it's a good cardio workout and easy on the joints! And, it is FUN!

I went on a one hour walk yesterday with my Mobilis group through a part of the city zoo called the Samba Trasse (Trasse is a railroad track). It was a former railroad route through the city until they built the zoo. Now there is a tiger's lair and running area which you walk over. It's not as exciting a locale as what you have described but for Wuppertal, it is beautiful. Wuppertal is part of the Ruhr-Pot which is the most densely populated, industrial part of Germany. We have plenty of parks and the Wupper river which runs straight through the city, but there are no fishing boats.

Anyway, according to my heartrate monitor, I burned 800 calories in 66 minutes of Nordic Walking and it was only very slightly uphill!!
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By the way, my real name is Deborah. So, I guess I've blabbered on enough for today. Go out and do it again Craig!

Deborah

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Made my first "stride" this afternoon, and it really feels like a break-through. I'm not one to join a gym, and our little old house doesn't have room for exercise equipment. But the "nordic walking" was a blast! We live in Ketchikan, Alaska - the southernmost entry to the Alaskan cruise routes. It's on an island with steep mountains. Our house is just a block from the water, but it's about 6 or 8 stories from water level. I walked out the front door and took the street that goes up the hill, which is about a 30 degree incline. After about 3 blocks, you're about 40 or 50 stories above the water. That's my estimate based on the average 12-story cruise ship. The climb is way cool, with water trickling down the rock, and moss and ferns and berries all around. When you get to the top you can look ahead and see snow-capped mountains into the interior of the island. Take a left and trek a few blocks more at a more moderate incline, and your reward is a view of several islands and ships and fishing boats to the south. Even met some tourists off the boat who had made the climb, and were wondering where the trail up the mountain was. In better shape than I was apparently, as the mountain keeps on going up and up. Really, no excuse for me not to continue this. It's right out my front door, a place that tourists pay money to come to, and all it cost me was some good hiking boots, some water bottles, and a couple of hiking poles. Thank you Cola Lola for starting this group!

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Went and got myself some "gear" today. That means I gotta get out and do it. I got some good angle-high hiking boots/shoes (my flat feet need lots of help), a small waist pack (that fits my big waist) with a couple of water bottles, and two hiking poles. I was glad about the poles - they're "SwissGear" adjustable poles, and only $11 each at WalMart! The manufacturer's warning was do not use pole in electrical storms...
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7/17/07 9:37 A

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This is the place to talk about your walks in general - how far, how often,. how long.... whatever you feel like discussing!

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