I finally accomplished it. I was beginning to think it would never happen. Then, bam! There it went. Checked that off the list in January 2017.
I’d be the first to say I’m a little off in things that I want to accomplish and in the way in which I achieve them. Most of the time, it’s something silly. It’s something whimsical or something that makes me laugh. Sometimes I work in reverse. When I get to do something, then I add it to my bucket list. Like being there when they blew up Westwood Bridge. Who knew I would get to be there? I sure didn’t.
So what could this latest accomplishment be? I made the metal detector at Warren County Administrative Offices light up like a Christmas tree. I’ve been saying that would happen since they installed it. The officer said it lit up all the way up. Score! That’s officially lighting that up like a Christmas tree. They used the hand-held scanner on me. You can’t be too careful.
Usually, I make sure I don’t have anything on that would make the metal detector go off. I leave those items in the car because I just don’t want to deal with the hassle of it. I know, however, that one day I would forget. Ever forget something? Happens to me all the time.
This time I forgot the coat I was wearing (zipper), the pedometer I was wearing on my shoe (possibility – who knows what’s in that little device) and a necklace. The necklace is made of metal. It was given to me by my daughter and has “This too shall pass” written on it. It’s the only necklace I wear on the rare occasion when I want to wear one. I forgot I had it on.
Maybe it was that Buns of Steel video that I’ve been thinking about trying. Notice the word "thinking" in that statement? I’m still walking and muscle toning, but no Buns of Steel video. I walked almost six miles last Monday. It about killed me. I didn’t think I was going to make it. About mile four, my right side started hurting. I kept going, though. I was sore for two days.
So, why did I do it? I would like to someday hike to Virgin Falls. It is 8.3 miles and it’s rated as difficult. I was invited to go on that hike with friends and part of me wondered if I was biting off more than I could chew. I would prefer not to make a fool out of myself, so I figured a little test of my endurance was in order.
After six miles proved to be too much for me, I decided that 8.3 wouldn’t be possible right now. I could make it to Virgin Falls, but I would likely be stuck there.
I’ve decided to challenge myself and build up to it. My goal for summer 2017: hike to Virgin Falls.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.