I feel mostly recovered after a lingering virus with a nasty cough. As related in another post, I was able to experience what it is like to be old, sick, and tired (while open carrying). I had not conducted my usual exercise regime for nearly two months, being interrupted by travel, care for the new Grandson, and illness.
Yesterday morning I did a hundred crunches, then drove back to Yuma from Las Vegas. I have found crunches to be helpful in strengthening the core and relieving lower back pain.
I usually climb a mountain twice a week as part of my regular exercise. I should add that it is a small mountain, and climbing it consists of walking up the access road to the antenna farm. It is a popular means of exercise. The gain is about 1200 feet, and the round trip is close to three miles.
When I was pushing myself, I did it under in under an hour; for maintenance, I routinely did it in an hour and a half. This morning took an hour and forty minutes, which I was pleased with, as I did not push and had not done it for nearly two months.
A young lady at the top was kind enough to take my picture. People who climb the mountain seem to be a cut above the average, but a number of cars were broken into at the parking area, about a year ago. Surprisingly, the perpetrators were caught by an alert officer only a few days later.
I have never seen a rattlesnake on the climb, but some have. They leave people alone, and we do not molest them.
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