Here we go again. It’s Monday. Seems like the weeks are flying by this year. Gearing up for our trip this week. I had a chiropractor appointment yesterday, and it was a good thing I went. My hips were totally skewed again. One hip was a lot higher than the other. They haven’t been that out of whack since I first went in. I’m a bit sore today. I didn’t realize how bad it was until he found all the kinks. He said to come back in Tuesday before we leave if I need to. I doubt I’ll need to, I think it’s just muscle aches. Everything is aligned. Not sure what I did to make my hips go cockeyed, but they’re better now.
I have no doubt I’ll be going back in soon after we get back from our trip. We tend to do a lot of walking on trips back east. Fine by me, but I tend to over due it sometimes. I don’t want to miss out on the fun, so I do as much as I can. Need to remember to stretch both in the mornings and in the evenings. I don’t plan on working out again until we get back. I want to be as fresh as I can be.
On to the virtual walk update. I passed through Elkhorn City, KY the other day, and am now making my way to Ashcamp, KY in Pike county. I’ve got a little over 3 miles until I get there. My total mileage is now up to 572.2. Here come the pictures.
Mile 547 (elliptical for 1 mile) Mile 548 (elliptical for 1 mile)
Mile 549 (elliptical for 1 mile) Mile 549.6 (elliptical for .5 mile)
Mile 552.6 (watp for 3.1 miles) Mile 553.6 (elliptical for 1 mile)
Have a great few weeks! Keep moving. I’ll be setting up an automatic post for next Monday, but I’ll be gone by then.
My walking ability on vacation was drastically different compared to last year’s to trip to Monterey and Carmel. Drastically. Last year, my back was still out of whack, I was going through one of my strings of days with the “jerk move”, and I just felt uncomfortable walking. This year, there were no problems at all. I felt stable, and I had no pain (other than tired legs from walking at the end of the day). There were even a few moments where I stumbled or slid on a wet surface, but that didn’t hinder me at all. When I stumbled or slid in the past, that would make my confidence drop, or I believe that would set off the “jerk move”, if only subconsciously.
I still have a long way to go in terms of where I want my walking ability to be, but I am making great progress. It felt like we walked a lot more than we actually did. At Hearst Castle, the tour we took apparently had about 170 stairs up and down. Honestly, it didn’t feel like we went up and down that many stairs, but I’m sure we did. The walking at Hearst was a bit hard for me only because it’s that slow paced walking with a lot of stops and starts. I was fine on the walking part, but we stood still for five minutes or more at a time, and it took me a while to get my legs going again. My hips tend to get stiff if I stand in one spot too long.
The walking I did in Sausalito was fine. It was a little slow paced, but we didn’t have as many stops and starts. We did go into several shops along the way, but I was continuously in motion, I never really stood still. And if we did stand still it wasn’t for too long. The walk in Sausalito felt a bit longer in distance than it actually was. I found the spot on Google Earth, and marked the distance. From where we parked to the furthest point that we walked was about a half mile. We did walk back and forth in one section a few times. My guess was that we walked about three quarters of a mile at most in Sausalito.
Another tough spot for me walking wise was at the car museum. That was probably the toughest spot of the whole trip. It was slow paced walking, starts and stops, standing in one place for a while, and it was on very hard floors. Hard floors like that kill my lower back for some reason. At one point I found a spot to sit for a few minutes, and as I sat, my back popped all up and down my lower back. Click, click, click, click. And it felt good to sit down. I never realize how compressed my lower back gets until I sit down.
Now as far as accessibility goes, what do I mean by that? How easy is it for someone like me to get around these places? Are there ramps, railings, a few places to sit if I need a break? Things like that. How about the hotels? Not many “normal” people think about the bathrooms in hotels rooms, but for me, it’s something I think about more often. I do have help when I need it, but it is nice to be able to get in and out of the tub without help.
I bring this up because normally I don’t request any special equipment on trips. The only thing I tend to request is a wheelchair at the airport. That just makes it a lot easier when we have to change planes and when we’re getting our luggage. But, when we booked our hotel room at The Morgan in San Simeon, there was a check box on the web site that you could mark if you wanted a shower seat for the tub. I don’t think I’ve seen that option before when booking a hotel room. We checked the box, and sure enough, when we arrived, there was a shower seat. How cool is that. At the Marriot, I ended up asking for one also. It is very convenient to sit on a chair rather than the floor of a hard tub. I think from now on, I’ll be asking for a chair whenever I stay in a hotel. Just makes it so much easier. That is one thing I’ll never do again. Stand up in a shower. I’ve been sitting while showering since I was about 12 I think. I fell three times in a few weeks in the shower, and after the third time I decided I’d just sit from then on. Back then, I didn’t even think of a shower chair. Didn’t even cross my mind. I always thought those chairs were for old people, not me. Hehehe.
On our walks during the trip, there were ramps when I wanted them, as well as elevators. I did take the ramps a few times, when my legs needed a break, but I do tend to pick stairs because it’s good exercise. The sidewalks in Sausalito and San Ramon were in great shape, no divots or rough areas really. So, for people using wheelchairs, it would have been a smooth ride, no potholes or anything.
I think that’s all I wanted to mention in terms of walking and accessibility. The trip went very smoothly, no problems at all in terms of me being too sore. A few days after we got back, my hips started aching. Not sure why it would hit me after the trip, but I guess it happens.
Now, we’ll see how our second trip goes. I’m sure we’re going to do a lot of fun and interesting activities on that trip. That vacation recap will be up in the beginning of June, so be on the look out for that.
Check out parts 1 and 2 of this vacation recap.
This is the second entry for my vacation number 1 recap (2 of 3). Check out the activities we took part in. This entry is all about food. The restaurants we ate at were fantastic. I try my best to eat fish or seafood when on vacation because I don’t regularly eat that here. So when I can get my hands on it, I do it. And this trip was a big success as far that goes.
The first restaurant was in San Simeon, just down the street from our hotel. The Cavalier restaurant is a part of the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort. I couldn’t find their menu online, but they had a variety of dishes. I don’t know the exact name of what I had, but it was a turkey wrap. I know it came with coleslaw, but I think it also came with French fries. It was a huge wrap filled with avocado, veggies, and of course turkey. I had about two thirds of it and stopped. I wanted to save room for the rainbow sherbet. It was very good, and there was more than it looked like. They packed a lot of sherbet into that small looking bowl.
The second place we ate was for lunch at the Blackhawk Plaza. A place called The Prickly Pear Cantina. Definitely a Mexican restaurant. Both my mom and I ordered the Classic Taco Salad, while my husband ordered the Quesadilla. Everything was huge! The taco salad was about a foot wide and very tall. The quesadilla was just as big. I’ve never seen a quesadilla that big before. I ate about half the taco salad and I was full. Very good food though. You can check out their menu here.
We found a nice little restaurant for lunch in Sausalito called Scoma’s Sausalito. There I had the Scoma’s Clam Chowder which was served in a bread bowl. I had all of the chowder, but the bread bowl itself was hard and was tough to eat. I just ate the lid off the bowl and scraped the insides of it out. You can see their menu here.
The last place we ate at was a very nice restaurant called The Peasant and the Pear. Again, I had the salmon, and again it was very good. I hate to admit it, but I did not eat the asparagus. I’ve never been a big fan of asparagus. I try it every now and then, and it’s always the same. Just not my taste. For dessert, I had the White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. It was to die for. I want to go back just to have that again. You can find all of their menus here.
And that ends the food experience portion of the recap. I would highly recommend all of these places, they were all fantastic. Stay tuned for the last entry of the trip recap which will be about my walking and accessibility on the trip.
Check out part one of this vacation recap.
This is the first entry (1 of 3) of a very overdue recap of our April vacation in San Ramon, CA. This was a somewhat short trip. but packed with a lot of exciting things to do. My parents were coming out west for a band conference that my dad was involved in, so we decided to make the trip up. It seems like a long drive from the Coachella Valley to the San Francisco area, but it wasn’t too bad especially since we split the drive over two days.
We first drove up to San Simeon where Hearst Castle is located. We stayed at The Morgan hotel, which was a quiet little place with a homey feel, not like a regular hotel. We got to the hotel about an hour and half before our scheduled Castle tour. So we just relaxed and looked at the options for dinner that was in the area.
At Hearst, we took the Grand Rooms Tour. There are several tours available, but the Grand Rooms was what we chose since it was a tour of the main castle. This tour led you through the very large social areas of the largest house on the grounds, Casa Grande. This tour is actually the recommended tour for first time visitors. The other tours included the Upstairs Suites Tour, which takes you through the upper rooms of Casa Grande, and also the Cottages And Kitchen Tour which takes you through Casa del Mar and the industrial-sized kitchen. Every spring and fall they hold an Evening Tour where you can roam the grounds dressed in clothes from the 1930s. It would be nice to experience all of these tours.
I know I’m not allowed to post photos of the inside of the castle, without some sort of permission or waiver, and I don’t know if that includes the outside, so I won’t post them here. You’ll just have to take my word for it, the rooms were very ornate and beautiful. And the pools were also quite the sites to see. We saw the Neptune Pool and the Roman Pool. The Neptune Pool is possibly the largest pool I’ve ever seen. Can’t remember, but I think it holds a little over 350,000 gallons of water. Somewhere around there. And the Roman Pool is cool because it’s underneath the tennis courts.
So that took up about two hours or so of our first day. The next day we drove about 4 hours or so to San Ramon, CA. We decided to take Highway 1 up to Monterey and then took the freeways until we got to The Coutryard Marriot. We stopped along the way to look at some elephant seals.
They sure were smelly, but fun to watch. We saw a few make their way from the sand into the water. They took their time. They’d move a few feet, then take a rest, and then keep going. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many seals in one place before. They went for a good half mile I think down the beach.
On the third day of our trip, we had no plans. My dad was tied up with conference activities, so it was just us and my mom. We decided to check out the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville. We didn’t think it was going to be as large as it was. I was expecting about 10, maybe 15 cars, but the number of antique cars was easily in the hundreds.
This is one of the B.A.T. cars that were on display. Pretty cool. After we spent several hours at the museum, we wandered around the Blackhawk Plaza, a nice outdoor shopping mall. We had lunch and we also got a caffeine fix at Starbucks.
On the fourth and final day of our trip we took a drive through San Francisco, over the Golden Gate Bridge, and into the city of Sausalito. The drive over the bridge was socked in by fog, so we didn’t really see the bridge clearly until we were in Sausalito a bit later in the day. We stopped off briefly at the visitor’s area. That was the only time I was ever really cold on this trip. It wasn’t even that cold unless the wind was blowing. And it was blowing hard at the visitor’s area. Otherwise, the temperature was nice.
In Sausalito, we wandered the streets that were lined with little shops. I bought a T-shirt (I was going to get a sweatshirt since I was so cold on the bridge, but it had warmed up by then, so went with a T-shirt.) at one little shop and some salt water taffy at Munchies Candies. I haven’t had salt water taffy in a very long time, so I got two different flavors, caramel cheesecake, and peppermint. Everything in that shop looked so good, but I restrained myself. The smell of sugar was overpowering.
And that was the end of our trip in April. The food and restaurants on this trip was fantastic too, so be sure to come back and read about that when it’s up. I’ll also write about my walking ability and accessibility in another entry. We’ve got our next trip in just about a week, and I will write up a recap (hopefully a lot sooner than this was written) when I get back.
Check out part two of this vacation recap.
Hope all you moms out there had a great Mother’s Day! We’re gearing up for out second (and most likely last) vacation of the year. Going back east to see family. Hopefully it won’t be too humid. I can handle the heat, as I’m used to (sort of) temperatures above 100 degrees. It’s the humidity I can’t tolerate very well anymore. I need to make sure I have enough sunscreen also. I may need to buy a bottle. I have two half empty bottles I think, so we’ll see.
Here are some more pictures from the virtual walk site.
Mile 537.4 (elliptical for 1 mile) Mile 538.4 (elliptical for 1 mile)
Mile 541.4 (watp for 3.1 miles) Mile 544.6 (watp for 3.1 miles)
Mile 545.6 (elliptical for 1 mile) Mile 546 (elliptical for .5 mile)
Stay cool and keep moving!
Yep, I got behind yet again. The good news is I found the Windows Live Writer for Windows 8, so I can post more that 2 pictures at a time without them being huge. So, six at a shot works well.
I mention in my last post that I just completed my 5th year at the virtual walk site. Five years of “walking across America”. Where am I now? I surprised myself just the other day when I entered in my mileage. I am now in Kentucky! I finally made it out of Virginia. I’ve gone a total of 560.8 miles since April 28, 2008. Since my last mileage post, I’ve passed through the cities of Council, VA in Russell county, Bee, VA in Buchanan county, and Breaks, VA in Dickenson county. I am on my way to Elkhorn City, KY in Pike county. I have about 7 and a half miles until I hit that city.
I’m back to doing Leslie Sansone’s DVD, 5K With A Twist. That’s my favorite of the two Leslie DVDs that I own. So my mileage picked up again with that. I’m still doing my elliptical, and try for a mile every time I get on. I do take breaks still, but I’m working on it.
So let’s get to the back-log of pictures again. Here we go.
Mile 527 (elliptical for 1 mile) Mile 527.6 (elliptical for .5 mile)
Mile 528.6 (elliptical for 1 mile) Mile 531.8 (watp for 3.1 miles)
Mile 533.2 (watp for 3.1 miles) Mile 536.4 (watp for 3.1 miles)
The depths from where? I don’t know. I just know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted something here. Doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. Busy like a beaver I tell ya. From vacations, to workouts, to housework, and all the other randomness, I’ve been on the go.
Since my last post in March, I’ve gone on one vacation (need to write a recap of that), I’ve been to one movie in the theater (a rarity these days), and have done so much housework, my mind is about to explode. This house is tough to keep up with. Especially with wind storms that blow sand in every time the door is opened.
Just a quick note right now, but I will be back to posting here regularly (somewhat regularly anyway). I’m still exercising, and things are going well with that. I just had my 5 year anniversary with the virtual walk site, plus my 6 year anniversary with SparkPeople was back in March.
So, a lot to get caught up on. I also need to discuss what is going on with my walking and fear of falling. I mentioned that in a previous post, and left you all hanging. Oops.
Where to start, that’s the question. I’ll surprise you. Hehehe. Keep moving!