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Easy Summer Hikes

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

As I am writing this blog, two little fawns are visiting my front yard.

So cute! (It is not snow in the photo, it is sunlight reflecting on the river rock)

I have continue to do shorter and easier hikes. I’m enjoying it very much. I hope I will be able to do more challenging hikes after I have minor surgery to drain the cyst on my knee. Surgery is scheduled for next Monday. In the meantime, I’m enjoying what I can do instead of complaining about limitations.

I hiked a new trail, Lake Creek. There were absolutely no other hikers on this trail, which makes it great for social distancing. However, there is a reason there were so few hikers. The noise level is way too high from a nearby road. A big asset is that it was a shady mellow trail on a very hot day.

Yesterday, I hiked the twin bridges trail. I enjoyed it very much. Yesterday was a hot sunny day, but I went fairly early in the morning and the temperature was quite pleasant. This trailer is on private property, but the owners have graciously allowed hikers access to the trail.

The pink flower in the foreground is spirea.

I love the reflection in the water. I may try to paint this scene.

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy summer in your location. I am hiking much less than usual, but I really enjoy it. The orthopedic doctor told me I need both knees replaced sooner rather than later. But I am going to see how my knees feel after the surgery on Monday. I think my pain is from the Baker’s cyst, not from the arthritis. My impression is that the clinic and surgery center are very busy because of a backlog of cases due to the pandemic (only emergency surgeries were permitted during the shut down). If my knees can last until this pandemic is over, I will be very grateful.
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