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Unexpected Adventure at Little Book Cliffs, CO

Georgia asked me to write a short story about the unexpected adventure. As a youth, I had a passion for challenging trail rides. Cottonwood trail allowed me to dip into that almost unforgotten passion.

Beautiful pre-Autumn day, two fit endurance horses, a friend (Carol), and free time to see the wild mustangs. Even as a professional trainer, my time off meant riding and viewing horses. Just a few minutes after passing through the Cameo gate at the Little Book Cliffs, we spotted our first mustangs—mares and foals. They are viewing us as we are viewing them. Wild animals normalized to degrees of human presence. I experienced this while working on a game reserve in South Africa. The modern wild animals that are on open land, but still confined by ranches, homes, preserves, parks etc. Grateful for the BLM and visionaries/supporters who want to preserve a slice of “wild”.

After meeting our objectives within the first hour, we decided to head up the canyon and explore. Of course, we didn’t come prepared with a map or water. Cottonwood trail was the path and it required a combination of riding and leading. What a cool trail! Thank you BLM for the markers on the trees! The views were gorgeous and we were wondering how much the wild horses had helped create the design of the trails. We made it to the top and really appreciated who had the grit to put in a spring fed water trough. The horses were very glad and we drank some too!

Now what? Find our way back to the trailer, but by what trail? Cell service popped up, so Carol called the number for Friends of the Mustang to get guidance. Three options: go back the way we came (“No way!” was my reaction), go down an even more difficult trail, or have Georgia pick us up. It was 5:30 pm, it was going to be getting dark by 7:30, so we opted for the remarkable taxi service. We went another two hours on the trail to meet the trailer—a short ride turned into a seven plus hour ride. The horses were in good spirits and good condition.

Crazy amazing that we were not going to have to spend the night on the mountain. As Georgia pulled up with the trailer, we initially had no idea what a remarkable intervention it was that someone who didn’t know us had a rig and the experience to navigate the road to us. Wow! I was interested in knowing more about the mustang world and had been contemplating adopting one. How perfect that our rescuer had been involved with the local herd for just under twenty years. It was like a magic carpet had shown up. As she skillfully navigated the road and enthusiastically filled us in on the herd history, status, and more, we were in awe of her kindness, as we connected with a paved road. By this time, I was growing thoughts of writing a small book with a short chapter dedicated to different herd members. By 11:30 pm we were back to the trailer and by 1:30 am, we were unloading the horses at home. Surreal in many ways, but we were more then lucky.

Looking at photos of the herd, it has more then inspired me to look for an adoptable horse. Georgia graciously offered to give us a tour in the daylight. I can hardly wait!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: Emotions, Fitness, Personalize 5, Selfseeds
Tag: Little Book Cliffs mustangs Colorado, Selfseeds emotions, Selfseeds fitness, Selfseeds personalize 5

Walking In Seattle, Washington

The passion for walking in a new city is always part of my travel plan. Thank you Seattle, Washington.

Category: Fitness, Selfseeds
Tag: seattle, Selfseeds fitness, Washington

Four Months No Gym Fitness Integration Challenge

Four months and no gym, so hiking, walking, bicycling, riding, and body weight exercises are the focus. Power walking is incredible for integrating the body, cardio, meditation, and proprioception. It is so easy to lose sight of something so simple!

Category: Balance, Fitness, Flexibility, Integrative Band, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Stillness
Tag: bicycling, fitness, hiking, power waking, riding, Selfseeds fitness

Fitbit Tracker

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I have wifi this trip to Jaipur, India, so I am having fun with my Fitbit tracker. Cool way to keep track of your daily motion.

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Category: Fitness, Selfseeds
Tag: fitbit, fitness, India, Selfseeds fitness, walking

Quick, Convenient Touchstone to Fitness

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I was given two exercise devices (rowing and core toner) to experiment with at home. I added a few free weights and made a point to exercise once or twice a day for 5 minutes or more, in addition to my normal gym routine. It was easy to access, great as a supplement to watching television, uncomplicated to navigate, and the best part—it made a difference in my peace of mind and body tone.

Category: Fitness, Selfseeds
Tag: just 5 minutes Selfseeds, machines, Selfseeds fitness, weights

Walking, Walking, and More Walking

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Walking, walking, and more walking in the local desert. The vastness, the solitude, the beauty, and the immersion on a body, mind, and soul level.

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Category: Fitness, Personalize 5, Rhythm, Selfseeds, Stillness
Tag: body, desert, hiking, mind, Selfseeds fitness, soul, walking

Travel Challenge

 

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The travel fitness challenge is once again in place. Walking and running will be the primary approach. Walking fast enough to create swinging arms, so the core is working. Running with enough technique to have the core and the arms working every step. Slipped in a couple of DVD’s, a few pages of notes from a fitness trainer, and select pages torn out of a fitness magazine for diversity.

Love the fitbit monitor! It goes on my clothing first thing in the morning.

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Category: Fitness, Selfseeds
Tag: exercising, running, Selfseeds fitness, traveling, walking

Fitness Evaluation

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Fun to share creative fitness

It has been quite a while since I have had a fitness evaluation from the gym I belong to.  They run offers every now and then, so I decided to check in on my “fitness reality.”  A detailed and intense trainer was selected.  Someone who had a strong biomechanics background and an interest in integrated fitness–fitness for enhanced living.  He put me through his various assessments (he had also obtained NASM certification for personal training and corrective exercises among other certifications) to help determine my current status and where to start on the fitness continuum.  With the new job requiring intense fitness, I wanted to examine possible weak points in my current approach. Thumbs up. I would be starting from a point most people would have as an end point. Nice to know that I am on track.  Out of curiosity and always being a student, I will invest in half a dozen sessions to gather more ideas and have feedback from a fellow enthusiast.

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Category: Balance, Fitness, Flexibility, Selfseeds
Tag: fitness continuum, fitness evaluation, gym, personal trainer, program, Selfseeds fitness

Thumbs Up

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Walking in wine country, Sonoma County

Fitness level is thumbs up again.  The motivation to recover from the accident has led me to a level of fitness that I haven’t experienced in two and a half years.  Fun state of being, but the next adjustment will be traveling and living abroad with modified exercise.  I asked the PT what would happen if I just stopped for six months, but it wasn’t recommended.

Recognizing the important end result of exercise is integrating it into the practical body function. Hopping on a horse after two months of not riding reminded me of the dexterity it allows while mounted on a ground covering four-legged.  Exercising on the steadiness of gym equipment allows one to work on symmetry and observing small adjustments for improving alignment and coordination.  Mindfulness with movement makes it fun.

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Category: Fitness, Selfseeds
Tag: fitness, functional fitness, integrative exercises, Selfseeds fitness