|So serious about training.|
Our planned 95-mile hike through the Highlands will take eight days and consist of three 14-mile days, two 12 mile days, two 10s, and one nine miler.
So--in the next six weeks we'll be taking some longer treks around home just to test boots and get used to uneven terrain and hills.
|Tough terrain right in our own backyard.|
Yes, cue the laughing emoticon, but the weather didn't cooperate with our desire to walk. When a thunderstorm came rolling through at the time we wanted to leave, we gave up on our outdoor choice and headed for Nickelodeon Universe--the indoor amusement park at MOA. While there are no rocks, hills, roots or lochs at the world's second-largest indoor shopping mall, there is fantastic people watching, literally miles of floor to walk, and lots of really good bad food. We were so proud of ourselves for limiting junk intake to one Tim Horton doughnut each!
|My faithful & loved Lowa boots.|
|Nickelodeon Universe--it's a jungle.|
|One corner of MOA always smells like this. Le sigh...|
|A random Cat Hat (for Miss E?)|
After the MOA journey on Saturday, we took a 90-minute drive on Sunday to one of our favorite Minnesota state parks: Minneopa. It's special for a couple of reasons: it's one of the last places we took our beloved Magic The Wonder Border Collie for a long walk before we lost her to old age a couple of years ago; it's also got a really cool waterfall that was the inspiration for the falls in my first book series' little town Kennison Falls.
The weather was much nicer for this walk and we clocked around seven miles. Instead of
|Testing the ankles on root steps|
to get out on some truly uneven ground and start getting the ankles in shape.
More about long, weird training walks to come along with the saga of my right leg--which has this new tendency to fall asleep unexpectedly while I'm walking. I'll let you know...
|Jan and his resting rock.|