It’s good to start the New Year by doing what you love, so just like last year, we decided to go for a hike on New Year’s Day.
If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that this hike, like last year’s was probably on crutches. I’m now 10 weeks post-op since getting my other hip reconstructed, and I’d say I’m doing pretty well at this point. It’s been rough having to go through two such surgeries one year apart, but now I know that I’m finally on the mend for good and it’s only going to get better from here.
I hiked less than 2 miles on New Year’s day, but it felt good. The very next day I went out and hiked about 2 miles again but this time occasionally switched out my crutches for hiking poles. That felt even better.
I plan on increasing my hiking distance slowly, adding maybe half a mile or so a week, and by March or April I should be able to start guiding hikes again.
This experience has been humbling and I think I’ve grown in ways I don’t even know yet. I’ve learned to be dependent on other people, to be patient with healing, and to appreciate the little moments of independence and improvement.
I hope that 2017 will be an exciting year. We have applied to Leave No Trace for a Traveling Trainer’s position which we think we are the perfect fit for, and if we don’t get that position, we will try to finish the 100 mile section of the PCT that we haven’t hiked due to wildfires back in 2014.
I’m sure there will be many other hiking adventures this year regardless of where we end up. In just a few weeks we have a short trip to Florida planned where we’ll be able to enjoy some warmth while canoeing and hiking in the Everglades. I can’t wait to put my backpack on again and crawl into our tent for the night. There’s no place like home.