Feeling my knees today! Between a thirteen mile bicycle ride and stairs like I don’t have at home, I definitely can feel I am using muscles and ligaments that haven’t been used of late. The beautiful state of Virginia is a luscious, green place to ride with good trails so you don’t have to fight traffic. I am a tiny bit grateful, however, that the next part of this adventure is afoot. (I was on a tiny, narrow, bicycle seat yesterday and I can feel the outline today!) We are planning on hiking to waterfalls, through caverns, and along the Appalachian Trail. It should be a wonderful time. Here’s wishing for more good weather. We have been very lucky so far.
I am trying not to watch any news while I’m here and that is probably the best way to really enjoy a vacation. Both of us, my daughter-in-law and myself, are trying to get a full day of work in (she is in grad-school) so we can take off tomorrow for a couple days of exploring in Shenandoah National Park.
Besides the landscape being so lush and green in Virginia, the humidity is of course, far, far higher in the east than I am used to being from Colorado. Some people talk about it disparagingly; however, I have to say that my skin and my hair love it. If I lived here, I might actually have to buy deodorant but that is a small swap for the beautiful crepe myrtle, the magnolias, and silky hair. (I’m leaving out the part about the ticks.)
Besides seeing new places, the best part of this vacation is being with family. I love adventure, but I only really love it if I have someone to share it with. Happiness is multiplied and magnified when you see things with someone else’s eyes as well as your own, possibly because you get two or more perspectives instead of one, and once shared, you get the combined perspective to boot. Then there is the fact that laughter is my favorite soul food, and I don’t get nearly enough of that kind of nourishment when I’m by myself like I do when I’m with others. More to come on Shenandoah!