It was a momentous day: After years of staying home and watching us leave to go for a hike, Shawna went with us. Since her hip replacement in the middle of June, we have been working on rehab at a slow but steady pace since the beginning of August. For several weeks now Shawna has rejoined us on our daily 2 mile walk at sunrise, just as before the hip replacement. But then that was it for her, and any subsequent hikes were just too much on her hip and she would start to limp or be in obvious discomfort. Dr Boulay cautioned us to increase exercise slowly but steadily, and I thought that a hike around Blacktail Hill would be a doable challenge. It was a bit overcast today, which was an added nicety.
It turned out to be more of a challenge than I thought, for us at least. It is always a bit of bushwacking and climbing out of steep washes, but whatever trail there was was totally overgrown. So we trudged over rocks and through bushes, with grass that has grown almost waist-high. But we made it, saw 2 deer, and in all Shawna did not appear stressed or tuckered. She was a bit stiff after lunch, but then we all were.
All photography by Dan, who took the old Powershot because the Nikon is being cleaned in Tucson.
After living in the Pacific Northwest for 30+ years, Dan and I left our high-tech jobs to build our dream house in the country in a climate that is more conducive to an outdoor lifestyle. So here we are in SE Arizona, living the dream that was in the planning for 25 years.
I am writing this blog to keep track of time and our activities, in short to ensure we live with intention as this is the time of our lives.
"If you talk to the animals
They will talk to you
And you will know each other.
If you do not talk to them,
You will not know them.
And what you do not know
You will fear.
What one fears one destroys."
~Chief Dan George~