Mysterious Gigantic Tire Appears in the Woods

In this episode of Twylalword, we go on an 11 mile hike in the beautiful foothills of Northern California near the town of Foresthill. This is a GREAT hike and has very nice ups and downs and is the perfect interval workout. This trail is shared with mountain bikes and horses. Beautiful in the Spring!

We come across a weird ode to Sesame Street, a GIANT tire in the middle of the woods, and we get to hear the story about a guy dubbed “sticky pants”!

Sit back and enjoy the scenery!

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It’s my Mountain Winter Wonderland Adventure at Donner Lake!

I have been a downhill skier for the past 43 years and I thought I’d never give that up!  Sadly its become so darned expensive (100+ dollars a day) to get a few runs in. I just don’t want to pay it.  Oh sure, I could get a season pass, but then I’d have to ski a boatload of times to make the pass pay for itself. Then, the pressure is ON to get up the hill once or twice a week in the 12 week ski window in Northern California. Then there are the winters where the snow is CRAP and I just paid a boatload of dollars for a worthless season pass.

I have now switched over to snowshoeing and possibly cross country skiing. I never understood the attraction of either until last Friday. For one thing, it’s FREE (other than $5.00 parking) and it’s beautiful.  No pressure to get up the hill and use a pass and deal with the crowds, lines and ridiculous price of a lift ticket!!

Take a walk through the winter wonderland of Donner Lake with my hiking buddy John and I.   WHO ELSE has been priced out of downhill skiing?

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Put down the iPhone crack pipe and GO OUTSIDE!

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Our Gadgets!  Addicting!  We can’t get away from social media and TV. Before we know it, we had wasted 4 hours watching cats being cats on Youtube.

Our phones are like crack.. or in my case a big giant dark chocolate bar (my weakness). That big blue “F” icon just screams.. CHECK ME!

The signs that you are an addict.

  • You have dirty dishes piled up next to your computer
  • You can’t  go to the bathroom without taking your phone
  • Facebook is on your home screen front and center (no searching for it)
  • At stop lights, you have to check FB, Twitter, etc.. Sitting for a minute waiting for a green light is such a LOOOONG time!  You need to fill that time!
  • You check FB while you are driving!  BIG NO NO!  You are DANGEROUS!
  • You check all of your social media accounts the second you wake in the morning
  • You check your phone in the middle of the night when you get up to go to take a pee.
  • Your butt goes numb from sitting all day (not to mention gets a little wider)
  • If your phone is only 5% charged its an all out EMERGENCY!  You are scrambling- looking for your charger like an….well…. ADDICT!

The first step in the road to recovery from internet addiction is to first admit you have an addiction!  YES!  ADMIT IT!  If that doesn’t work, see if you can put your phone in your pocket and NOT look at social media for a WHOLE DAY!  If you do, you are addicted! Straight UP ADDICT!

So how do I remedy this? By getting away from that persistent phone-crack dealer called a CELL PHONE TOWER AKA Mr. Wifi!  What?  Yes.  Get your ass out in nature and away from a tower!

If you can’t get out to nature, then pretend like its 1985 and leave your phone at home for an hour and take a walk around the block.   Look at the trees. Take notice on how people landscape their yards, watch the birds.  Its quite a show!  Try and get your mind out of your phone a few times a week for at least a couple of hours a day!

For some this is a very REAL addiction and maybe some professional help is seriously needed!  This stuff can go DEEP!

So, my remedy is to go places where there is no service.  Try it!   In the mean time, enjoy my bumpy ride into the Spenceville Wildlife area. There is NO cell service!  🙂

God’s Medicine – Why I Hike

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The Mountains are Good for the Soul

Weather you get out in the wilderness for a day or several months, Mother Nature is the best thing you can do to heal your soul.   Even if you are physically unable to hike as I do, take a drive in your car to a serene lake and just chill for a while!  You need this, trust me!

I’ve needed some healing for a long time. I needed to let go of the past and start living in the NOW. I’ve always been drawn to the mountains and the wilderness. It’s my cheap therapy. When I go into the mountains, I’m away from TV, away from social media, away from my cell phone, away from the noise of people, away from all of the bad news and trouble in the world.

I hike up to 8000 feet. My feet hurt,  my legs hurt. Do I care?  No.  I relish the pain. I know this pain is only temporary and it’s the emotional pain that I’m forever releasing as I hike. With each step, I’m letting go of the past. I’m letting go of any guilt or hard lessons I hold onto. I’m letting go of a lot of baggage.  I listen to the music of the trees, the wind, the chirping insects and the sounds of running creeks.  These things are gifts to us from God.

Sitting in a mountain meadow with just the sounds of the Earth, my mind calms and reflects. I remember good times and forget all the pain. I reflect on some of the mistakes I’ve made and turn them into learning experiences so that I can move on. I think of all of the people that have come and gone in my life.  I think of the possible people that I have yet to meet.  I smile.    I heal.

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