John Muir called:
The Sierra Nevada Mountains “The Range of Light”
Have you ever spent time in a place that kept you in a constant state of awe? That was almost “spiritual in nature” with the exquisite surroundings? That humbled you every time you went outside?
We spent almost a month in Northern California visiting family and friends. Of course, we hit the heat wave in the Sacramento Valley of days at 108!! Thank goodness we where in our friends air conditioned home as our RV air conditioner would never have kept up at those temperatures.
Leaving the Sacramento Valley we headed over the Sierra’s to the backside on Hwy. 395. When we lived in California this was one of our favorite places to go camping and Ed did many years of deer hunting there. We had never really explored further south around Bishop and Lone Pine so that was our destination.
We found a BLM campground that was positioned at the base of the Mt. Whitney Portal. This is the access point for those wanting to climb Mt. Whitney or to start north on the John Muir Trail. We had spectacular views every day from our windows!
This is our “tiny house” RV and the views we had for a whole week!
The John Muir Trail…
The John Muir Trail runs from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney and is 211 miles long through this beautiful mountain range. We drove up to the Mt. Whitney Portal where the John Muir trail begins. We went into the little store and we were wandering around when a Dad and his young son came in. They had packs on and looked pooped!
Is the Cafe open?
They asked if the Cafe was still open and the owner told them it closed September 1st. They let out an audible moan, they were hungry! I asked them if they had hiked the John Muir trail and they said they had. They had been out 21 days! I took this picture of them then offered to give them a ride to town (Lone Pine about 12 miles away). Turns out they came over here from Australia to hike the trail and Harry was only 10 years old!! They where VERY grateful for the ride and we dropped them off at the first restaurant that said HAMBURGERS!
We where here in September so the weather was cool at night and seventies during the day, perfect for hiking! We were camped at 6,000 feet and acclimated for a few days before trying a hike. Our first hike was uphill for 2 miles and we had to stop ALOT! The views where spectacular and it was worth the climb.
The second hike was at close to 10,000 feet! This one was beautiful as well but we had to walk VERY slow just to breathe! Thank goodness the trail was fairly level.
Importance of staying in shape
The realization that at our age (67yrs and 73 yrs) that we can even do this type of hiking really hit home. We spent some time talking about the importance of staying in shape as we can QUICKLY start to lose conditioning at this age. I was fortunate to go to some fitness classes with my friends in California and I loved what the instructor said……...”Your body will take the path of least resistance. As you age it’s a VERY quick downhill slide so KEEP RESISTING by doing strength and aerobic exercise!
8 Benefits to walking…. the easiest exercise to do!
- Walking at least 30 minutes a day reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 27% (what medicine does that??)
- Completing 10,000 steps each day typically burns about 2000 to 3500 extra calories each week. (1lb a week weight-loss)
- Research shows that regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much that you’ll experience a decrease in anger and hostility 🙂 Instead of that glass of wine to “chill” try a 30 minute walk!
- Going for a walk can spark creativity and problem solving. Having trouble or a challenge? Try a 30 minute walk!
- Regular walking can help improve your body’s response to insulin, which can help reduce belly fat! (who doesn’t want that!) While you burn belly fat your helping prevent Type II Diabetes or if you already have it, make your body more responsive to insulin in your medication.
- Regular walking lowers blood pressure by 11 points!
- Walking strengthens your secondary circulatory system in your legs by strengthening and preserving leg muscle, which boosts healthy blood flow. This prevents varicose veins, can we hear a “YAY”!!!
- Walking increases gastric mobility and can increase proper digestion and elimination.
Wow, Wow, Wow!! Amazing benefits of walking! Let’s all commit to move our bodies and RESIST that downhill slide!!
To your health,
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