Know Thy Limits and Respect Them
I was craving a communal walk in nature and drove outside of the city with a friend to the Cooking Lake Blackfoot Recreational area and went to the Blackfoot staging area where we met another friend.
The three of us walked along the Whitetail trail to a pond and instead of turning back at that point, kept going to the Blackfoot junction and up the Buck Run back to the starting point. I have not walked this trail for about ten years and believe me, I felt the difference.
Great if you are in shape. Two days ago I had trouble moving even a few steps, but it rained and the barometric pressure changed. Yesterday I felt good. We did not do the math beforehand as they list the length between each junction-and there are a few- it turned out the total length was just under 7km. I ran out of energy half way so found it to be a gruelling trek.
At the end of the walk I was surprised that I could do it but truthfully wondered many times if I would be able to make it. My friends were wondering if I could make it and one of them hadn’t bothered with mosquito repellent but as the day grew long he was suffering.The other friend took off after the walk, probably to do more exploring.
I think that I would like to start small and slowly work my way up. Today I am lazing about and drinking water as I did get dehydrated. So must remember: baby steps, take water, extra clothing, snacks, puffer, mosquito repellent.At least At least I drank before I left and put on lots of repellent.
I did get some nice shots and enjoyed relaxing by the ponds. We saw a few garter snakes but they left before we could capture an image. One of my friends was lucky to catch a larger sized one sunning itself beside the cook house.Here are some images from the day that made it worth while: