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From Gate to Grate and a Bit Beyond


"Just from the gate to the grate," I said unsurely to the Husband yesterday, as he swung the car around to park on the other side of the rutted lane.

We were at the eastern end of the Juan Bautista de Anza national Historic Trail in San Juan Bautista. It's been almost two years since we've walked here. The last time we got as far as we did today because the Husband's heart couldn't take it. We didn't know then what was going on with his heart. I'm happy to say that the Husband and his friend, Gerry Andy Pacemaker, felt g-r-e-a-t. They had no problem going that short distance.

This time round it was me that we were being careful about. I discovered that my knees can handle walking on uneven, forgiving dirt with the help of a cane. I woke up yesterday morning determined to walk a bit up one of our favorite trails. 

Looking at the trail from the car, I wondered if I really could walk between the gate and cattle grate. The Husband thought the distance was more than a quarter mile.

Wowza. I didn't need the aid of the cane until I almost reached the cattle grate.

I crossed over the grate with a tentative grace. "Let's go up to the tree."

And, we did.

"Just to the bend."

And, we did.

Gosh, I felt g-r-e-a-t! 


Did you see the face in the tree?  That's what we saw on the side of the hill as we turned back.

Wandering and wondering, I am.

Today I'm linking up with All Seasons, a weekly meme hosted by Jesh of Artworks from Jesh StG. Click here to check out the other bloggers, and perhaps participate, too.



 

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  1. Hurray!!! Proud of you and Extra Happy. Marvelous Adventures to come.

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  2. Yay, you did it! Do you know what the problem is with your knee? Or, is it inflammation? I may have asked this before, but are you smelling the smoke of the fires of Napa and Santa Rosa? Hope something can be done about your knee - you are too young to walk with a cane! Many thanks for sharing your victorious walk with All Seasons!

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    1. Very little cartilage or none at all. I saw a surgeon last year who said I was already at stage 4, but because I had a must-do hysterectomy in May, I've put off the knee replacement surgery.

      We did smell some of the fires down here. I didn't want to imagine how horrible it was for everyone up there.

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  3. That's brilliant Susie, well done! I'm really happy for you :) :)

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    1. Thank you, Eunice. Reading about your walks motivated me to start doing exercises for my quads and whatever muscles that support the knee.

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  4. Happy you had a lovley walk with your husband! Mine has been so busy lately. Waiting for his work to slow down. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Kelleyn. Hope things get back to normal speed for the two of you.

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  5. Bravo! :D to both of you. :) ... I put off my knee surgery too. I was too sick for too long. Ah well, there's always 2018. :)

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  6. How wonderful that you made such a trip and got so much exercise! Love your photos, too.

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Thanks for the good cheer. :-)

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