Why haven't I posted for over a month, you ask? Well, for starters, I logged 26 miles on my MapMyHike app last week. That was up from 20 the week before. That's a combination of hiking, jogging, climbing up and down stairs, and walking Rylie. I'm training for my trek to Machu Picchu.
The seed for my next adventure has been planted! I made my Peru trip reservation, and the trek will begin on September 1st. My friends and I will arrive in Cuzco two days before that to acclimate to the altitude. The trek will last 7 days, cover 32 miles, and cross Dead Woman's Pass in the Andes, which has an altitude of 15,000 feet! This will truly be a challenge, and I am really excited about it. This is the trip I wanted to do for my 50th birthday, but I couldn't make it happen last year. I guess I'll be celebrating 51 instead.
I won't be going to the Galapagos Islands this trip, because there just isn't enough time to do both in one trip. However, I might be extending my Peru trip a few days so that I can add on a side trip to the Amazon.
Today I did a great hike in Mt. Diablo State Park. There weren't a whole lot of wildflowers, maybe because we had such a dry winter. I did manage to find a little bit of color, and some people out on horseback:
Last weekend I did a hike in Tilden Park:
In the photo below, you can see that famous San Francisco fog, with the skyscrapers of the city barely rising above that bay fog:
I had a great view of Mt. Diablo from the Tilden Park hike:
My walk-in closet has apparently become Rylie's dog house. Maybe he likes being in there because it's dark and cooler. I had to start leaving the door open, because a couple of times I didn't realize he was in there and shut the door. He didn't make a peep, but luckily, I figured out he was in there before too long.
The Staff has been cluttering up my den with her clothes and shoes. It's a good thing I'm such a patient and tolerant dog, otherwise I would chew those clothes and shoes to bits to teach her a lesson.