Have to say that I enjoyed, “A Walk in the Woods” even though I have yet to find a Bill Bryson book that I can enjoy until the end. I really wanted to like his Australia tale, however, I couldn’t get into it. so, whike I might have skipped thus story if I’d known he was the author, I’m glad I went.
For about 5 minutes, A Walk in the Woods had me convinced that I could try and walk the Appalachian Trail, until I remembered my 1-time only climb up the South San Francisco hillside to weed…
Our company has something called, “A Month of Service”, where they try and get each employee to devote some of their work hours to a charitable activity. In 2013, the options were building a home with Habitat for Humanity, or weeding a hillside.
How difficult could it be to weed? I do that in my garden every month or so…
Unfortunately, I thought we’d be bused up the hill, and it turned out to be a forced march for an hour and a half – before we got anywhere near the hillside where they wanted us to weed.
I’m a big fan of the outdoors, and I looked forward to a first chance to brave the grass-covered hillsides with a guide, so that I wouldn’t have to fear running into tarantulas or rattle snakes in unfamiliar surroundings.
However, my inability to hide my lack of breath was very clear as everyone when marching up the hillside, and I simply couldn’t keep up.
Not wanting to be a wimp (yes, I’m very competitive), I kept climbing up the side of the South San Francisco shellmound area, which has a very steep vertical slope. vs. turning back when it was clear that I couldn’t walk and breathe at the same time.
So, it was with that experience in mind that I watched Nick Nolte and Robert Redford tackle the Appalachian trail. For a minute, I almost convinced myself that I could hike that trail, too.
Fortunately, however, sanity reasserted itself.
Clipping Anise seed pods and pulling the weeds remains a highlight of my lifetime “do it / did it” list. However, it also served as a timely reminder that I can’t do everything I thought I could, regardless of how willing the spirit may be, and that I can enjoy seeing the Appalachian trail from the comfort of my computer. You’re only going to feel deprived from a physical event if you allow yourself to wallow in the things you can no longer do, vs. focusing on ways to see what you want to see without exhausting yourself.
And you? Any takers on “A Walk in the Woods” for the Appalachian trail?
Anything that you’ve done (that saner heads would not have tackled) and which you’re particularly proud of accomplishing?
Inquiring minds would love to hear about your adventures.