The result is free time, almost too much free time! And I am getting very restless. It was all that I could do to not take off as I read Tiny Camper's blog about Ocean Pond. (www.tinycamper.wordpress.com)
Waiting for the time to leave is hard but we really need to be around the family at Christmas as my mom and step-dad are really getting up-there in years. Other good reasons to stay home include David starting physical therapy and the camping bike being in the shop. ( Trying to stay in the logical left brain when the right emotional brain wants to fly away.)
Hiking has been my mini-escape for the past two weeks. Yesterday I got in over my head when I joined a seasoned group for an eight mile hike that was rated strenuous. I did not die but I am sure that a few of them thought that I was a good candidate!
Another day my hubby and I rode our bikes on the river walk. The little Canon point and shoot has been going everywhere lately so I can fill up the blog with pictures. I'll start with the Tennessee Riverwalk as it's a jewel right in the middle of town.
The Delta Queen has been docked at Coolidge Park since 2009 when federal rules declared her not seaworthy. She is a magnificent old steam paddle wheel, first used in 1927 in San Francisco, currently being used as a hotel. She is in the background of the above picture. Foreground is Tennessee River and the Walnut Street walking bridge.
|Downstream from Chickamauga Dam|
Another view of the Delta Queen
Biker husband and riverwalk art
This is Chickamauga Lake from Booker T Washington State Park. (sorry, no camping allowed there) It was a mostly flat 5 mile hike.
View from Signal Point
Yesterday we started from this overlook on Signal Mountain and hiked west along the ridge to Mushroom Rock where we descended, crossed a creek on a swinging bridge and climbed back up another ridge (mountain) and back down again to where the cars were waiting.
Hike route top right
View from Edwards Point
Today has been a rest day, dreaming about the future day.
Tomorrow we have been promised rain and then winter weather with highs only in the forties for Tuesday.
Goodbye to the 60's. Welcome winter. Please, no snow!