Spring Plans – Lent and Birthday Hike

February 12, 2007 at 9:13 pm 1 comment

Each year as spring approaches, I have two key decisions to make– what to give up for Lent and where I want to go on my annual birthday hike.  I still have time for both decisions, but here are my thoughts so far.

Lent 2007
This year, I’ve been throwing around a few ideas.  I would really like to tackle “Eating Out” with an exception for travel.  I actually pitched that idea a few years back.  My co-worker and frequent lunch buddy, Deanna, objected.

“Vicky, noooo!” she said, “That hurts the ones you love!”

She’s actually right.  Let’s focus on one loved one in particular.  I’ve spoken about Unsung Sean before and his support for my hobbies and beliefs he does not subscribe to.  Lent is another thing he has consistently demonstrated a lot of patience for.  He tolerates seafood and vegetable dishes on Fridays.  During a year I gave up TV, he would turn off the TV or turn it to news coverage on the newly commenced Iraq war (the only exception I set for myself ahead of time) so we could eat together.  Last year, he worked around meals with beef.  But, eliminating eating out for all meals…. that is probably pushing it a bit too far.

So…. I’m thinking 2007’s fate will be “Desserts and Cheese.”  Desserts after all these years is going to be child’s play.  Cheese, on the other hand, is going to be a formidable challenge.  I love cheese and I do ingest way too much of it.  I am particularly gluttonous when it comes to the cheese dip at the local Mexican restaurants.  🙂

As far as losing calcium intake, I’m not putting myself at a risk.  I eat plenty of calcium rich vegetables (brocolli, asparagus, snap peas, spinach) and I take a vitamin supplement.  Plus I’ll still have yogurt, milk and soy milk at my disposal.  So all I’ll really be losing is the fatty, salty, gooey goodness.

Birthday Hike!
I have completed all of the Appalachian Trail maintained by the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club.  However, that isn’t one long continuous stretch of the AT.  It’s two sections that are seperated by a 20 mile stretch of trail that is maintained by Virginia Tech. 

This year for my birthday (Sunday March 18th), I would like to work towards connecting the two sections by doing at least some of that 20 mile stretch (from New River to Pine Swamp Shelter).  I’ll have to keep a close eye on the weather conditions as March comes around to determine whether I want to attempt an day hike (ambitious at my pace for the shortened days of late winter), do a backpacking trip with my new tent or just do a more managable dayhike using the Groundhog Trail to split the mileage.  Remembering all the snow on Sugar Run Gap during my 30th Birthday Hike, the Groundhog Trail option looks the most promising at the moment.  We’ll see. 

If, even after all this indecisiveness, you are in interested in joining me, let me know.  I’m sure Unsung Sean won’t mind sleeping in that day instead of helping set up cars.  Plus, I suspect I would rather enjoy the company!

Entry filed under: Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Lent, Sean.

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  • 1. A Hike of Many Purposes « TGAW  |  October 10, 2007 at 8:48 am

    […] have a great memory (or mediocre searching skills), you’ll find that this same mountain was targetted for my birthday hike in March before I got stupid strep throat.  But look how this has a happy ending!  Thanks to that strep […]


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