2011/365/072: Back to the Woods

photo of Cunningham Falls State Park: Dave Buller

I took Braeden up to Cunningham Falls State Park today for the Maple Syrup Demonstration (the Maryland State Parks do great things all year round that are both educational and enjoyable for the entire family; you can find a list of seasonal activities and events here).

It was nice to get out and do something spring-y, you know? i just couldn’t stomach another Sunday inside. There have been too, too many of them lately, and with Amy running her first 5K (woohoo! Big shout out to Amy!), the Boy and I felt like we had to get out and do something adventurous.

Well, I felt that way, at least. The Boy? He was much less thrilled with driving 75 miles to take a walk in the woods and suck some syrup out of some dead-looking tree.

When we got there, though, his eyes lit up at the festival-like setting and I could barely keep up with all that he wanted to do. We were surrounded by campfires, demonstrations, kid-friendly activities (book-making, too! How could I not love these activities?), and of course, the sights, scents, and sounds of the natural settings.

It’s been about 9 days now since I started this new journey, and I am feeling great. The weight is beginning to come off, the pains are subsiding, and I am able to walk longer distances without getting too fatigued. Being in this natural setting today triggered yet another inspiring memory — walking along the Appalachian Trail.

The last major hike I did was about 12 years ago. Too long, of course, and I know I have a long way to go before I can get the day-pack out and head to the Trail for a 12-mile saunter.

Those scents, though, and the sound of the decaying leaves and other variations of detritus crunching beneath my feet. . . .

Getting back to the woods was as good for me as it was for Braeden, as it was for both of us as father and son, and I can’t wait to keep losing this weight and gaining those experiences as I work toward that longer walk in the woods along the Appalachian Trail.


2 thoughts on “2011/365/072: Back to the Woods

  1. So glad you had a great day with the B-Man! Sounds like a wonderful time and further reinforcement for you and your goals – much easier to get out and do these things when we’re healthy. Keep up the great work, Rus! And thanks, as always, for sharing with us.


  2. Thanks, Brad…You are right that, when you are healthier, it is easier to do these things. I was limited in so many ways yesterday, but I know I have to take it in gradual steps.
    I remember way back in 1999 when I was in great shape after losing about 80 pounds, and Holland and I were in the back yard playing tag. I felt invincible, like I could have played that game all night with her. I was fast, agile, and breathing normally the entire time. To get back to that state of health….wow, that will be a great day indeed.
    I can’t tell you how inspired I am by you and Amy, especially in what the two of you accomplished yesterday on that 5K. Thank you for staying the course. Every day you stay strong encourages the rest of us to work harder at getting there, too.


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