Yes! Here is the second installment post of the series entitled “NUKWIDLS” or “Now U Know What I Did Last Summer”.
Umm….that would be the summer 0f 2013. Yes I know this is now the 10th day into 2014. I have always been a bit behind the curve. Anyway, do you want to know what I did last summer or not?
Well, one of the significant things I did last summer was to let some manic friends talk me into waking up at unearthly hours before the sun rises and then hiking up hills ………….apparently just for the “fun” of it. The same friends readily join in on all of my own hare-brained schemes so I felt guilty saying “no” to their hare-brained hobby.
And so for the last 5 months I have been going hill walking with them in a small nature reserve within the city. I won’t lie; it has been more than a decade since I did any serious hiking on a regular basis and there have been many nuts consumed since then. So, I did not find it easy.
The nature reserve has a number of hiking trails criss-crossing a series of small hills. Typically, we hike for about 3 hours covering between 8-10 km.
The place is really family oriented with the trails given names such adorable names like “The Mother of All Hills”. I have to say that “Mother” isn’t as gentle and nurturing as you might think mothers ought to be. “Mother” is about 120 m high with an average gradient of about 60 degrees. “Father” is higher and longer but gentler with only one short section near the top that is at about 70 degrees.
But this hill is but a molehill compared to some of the other hills that my masochistic friends climb. There are a few of them that require up to a 6-10 hour hike. So I admit, I am still on the beginners’ slopes.
I almost always finish last (unless some fresh meat had joined our little sweaty band). I am slow on the uphill sections, the flat sections and the downhill sections………I am all round slow. If we were to imagine a scale of hiking speed, and the slowest was represented by an amphibian coming out of the primordial seas and learning to walk on land, then the fastest member of my group would be represented by the Starship Enterprise exceeding Warp 5 and I would be represented by an extra slow snail. We even have a dog that’s a better hiker than me.
But I am thankful in the end cause this all must be good for my health ………right? At least that’s what they tell me …… all those twisted ankles, popping knees, cramps, cuts and insect bites are good for me.
In fact, I just went on one of these hikes this morning which I will try to briefly summarize below: