Memorial Day in the Sun
As a start - many thanks to those who have fallen in the line of duty so that we can enjoy our country and the freedoms it carries. Lest we forget.
There is a way to ride a big loop around OKC on a bicycle. So today, my friend David and I did just that. It's a regular route for him, so I said, "Lead the way."
We met downtown at our church and took off east to catch the Katy Trail.
Once there, we shot north towards the OKC Zoo. We made our way west and eventually ended up at Lake Hefner. From Hefner, we headed south around Wiley Post airport to Lake Overholser.
At the south end of Overholser, we picked up another bike trail and wound our way around to the Oklahoma River Trail. This took us into downtown OKC and back to the church.
43 miles in about 2 hours 45 minutes. Not a bad way to start the day.
After returning home and grabbing lunch....I mowed the yard. Not exciting, but still an opportunity to be outside!
Then it was time to wash the nasty off my dog. She's needed a bath for a couple of weeks so we got to it today. I like to wash her in the driveway as there is no cleanup. Again...uneventful, but at least outside!
She doesn't love a bath, but she tolerates it.
Next it was back downtown to finally check out the whitewater park! I signed up for the whitewater rafting trip at 3:15 and had a blast! I'm really looking forward to using this facility as frequently as possible.
This was post-rafting. Obviously I didn't take any photos from the raft itself. It's pretty intense and our guide Patrick was on point. Good times were had all around!
All that outdoor time calls for a celebration!
Where else....but outdoors!
If you weren't outside at some point today in central Oklahoma, then you messed up.
As we roll through spring and into summer, we seem to catch just a few of those magically cooler days where you're tricked into thinking that the upcoming summer just might be tolerable. Today was one of those.
It was a short trip this morning as I had afternoon and evening obligations to tend to. Fortunately Meg was overdue for a park visit due to the recent storms, so into the truck we went.
Theres a great little park only a couple miles from the house. We had a nice morning stroll, Megan got to think she was getting duck for lunch, and I got to wear shorts and long sleeves. It's my most cherished fashion faux pas.
Now if we can only hang on to the 70 degree temps through August.
I hope you made it outside today!
Everyone knows that feeling...when you insist that you 'don't sound like that.' Well...yes...you do. I think I've finally reached the age where I just have accepted that I do sound like that and I'm fine with it.
Recently I had the great fortune to stumble across an Appalachian Trail podcast by a true trail steward and all around gentleman named Steve Adams. His trail name is 'Mighty Blue' and mighty he certainly is, both in interviewing/writing ability...and just in life. I've immensely enjoyed listening to him. I hope that you'll visit his website, Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail. I've tossed in a link below.
I sent Steve an email, thanking him for his work on the show, and shared a bit about my own AT journey. I was taken aback when he replied and asked me to be a guest! A few weeks later I found myself having an enjoyable chat with Steve over the phone. He was a blast to speak with and I must say, I felt very supported by his enthusiasm for the trail, my journey, and life in general.
The link below will take you directly to the podcast portion of Steve's website.
I hope you enjoy.
Interview with Steve Adams - Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail