We had my 6-year-old nephew over to spend the weekend, a fact that resulted in a great deal of excitement from my son (right up until we had to take him home on Sunday afternoon). This little fact resulted in some success and failures for me. And, in the interests of getting it out of the way, I’ll hit the failures first.
In brief, I’m back to 323 pounds.
No, I’m not blaming him for this. The weekend was really a continuation of the “eating poorly” trend I’d established by Thursday of last week. Something in my head said “well? I’m not exercising anyway…” and I sort of went off the rails. Then we had a busy weekend and ate out a bunch, and the end result is that I put some weight back on.
Now. Onto the goodness. I took my son and my nephew for an accidental mile-long hike around a lake.
I can hear the question now: “how do you go for an accidental mile-long hike?” And the answer is simple: you take the wrong trail.
See, we went to the Cincinnati Nature Center on Saturday, because it’s pretty and because they were having a free orienteering class for kids as part of the Great Outdoors Weekend. So they learned about how compasses work, and wanted to go hiking. So we headed out in a trail, and I thought we’d taken the trail that just went around the back of the Visitors Center.
It did. For an extremely generous understanding of “around the back”. I mean, the lake was around the back. Right?
The kids did great. They loved walking through the woods, and over the two bridges we came to, and they found all kinds of cool sticks and rocks and places to see birds. They would sprint up the hills and stare back at me impatiently, and had a great time. They were also really glad for the water we got when we got back to the Visitors Center, since we hadn’t brought any (see “accidental”, above).
I felt good, too. I mean, sure. I was drenched with sweat and my legs were a little sore, but it was nothing that sitting for a few minutes couldn’t cure.
Next time, though? I’ll check the trail maps and take water.