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Squakin’ With My Lady

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Quote of the Day: “Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.”

- Jodie Foster

Looking for a “Friday” thing to do, I came up with one of my favorites: going for a hike. It was a beautiful day and the wife was game so I thought heading out to Squak Mountain would be a good idea.

It’s always strange to take anyone to a place where you usually go all alone. Normally, it’s just me and my headphones for this hike and it takes me a little over an hour to hike up it (bastard elevation!) and then I run down it, gangbusters style, trying not to kill myself.

Since Carrie was along with me, I acted as tour guide. How much tour guiding can you do on a forest hike? Anyone who knows me knows that answer: plenty.

“This is the tree with a V trunk where I stop and rest because of the steep incline. I look for it going up and coming down.”

“This is the Haunted Forest. There must have been a fire awhile back and everything is growing back. It looks like the forest behind Hogwarts.”

“This is a gate where horses can’t get through. So no more horseshit to look for after this point.”

“This is the enormous outdoor fireplace that looks left over from a house. The sign says ‘No Fires.’”

“This is the top where there is nothing but an antenna farm. I normally take a piss, retie my shoes, and down a Gu before heading down.”

On the way down, there wasn’t much talking. Since we ran single file and were busy pretty much trying not to fall on our faces, I just plugged into my music and enjoyed the ride down.

Great hike but tomorrow, I know my quads will be screaming. Maybe that’s why they call it “Squak.”

Free Advice for Today: “Never miss a chance to dance with your wife.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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