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I’m back from visiting my folks and brother in eastern Washington. Spent some time hiking with my brother while I was there, so at least I got out and about.
I’m planning on a two day backpacking trip to hit both San Bernardino and San Gorgonio before the end of the month. Going to try and fit in a quick day trip to San Jacinto as well, so I at least get the six pack done this calendar year.June 28, 2017 at 4:59 pm in reply to: What National Parks have you visited? And which are on your "to visit" list? #387572
Glacier (my favorite)
National Mall (yes, it’s a National Park)
Sequoia (Next year HST?)
… then others after I figure it out.
Yea, coming down hills isn’t the easiest thing. However, so far it seems easier on my joints than going from a full sprint to a stop then turning around and going the other direction, which is what soccer officiating does. Plus, I don’t have the speed to keep up with the youngsters anymore!
Interestingly enough, it’s not the knees that have given me problems. It’s my ankles and plantar fasciitis due to all the sprinting. I’ve learned how to effectively treat both (ice stretching, etc.) The biggest thing I’ve learned over the years is: Take care of your feet, and they will take care of you. I used to worry about spending money on shoes, insole inserts, etc. Now if I’m going to spend on anything, it’s to make my feet comfortable.
I have some budget trekking poles that I used on the Mt. Wilson hike. It made a world of difference. We have a family trip to Lassen coming up this summer, so I think I’m going to invest in some better ones before that trip.