Good friends bring out your best. 60 Hikes by age 60. Wow!

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Hike one of our 60 hikes within 60 miles of Sacramento

The pebble she tossed has turned into a boulder.

Last January, my friend Becky tossed a pebble into still water. 

"Wanna walk the 3 Day with me?  For breast cancer?  It's three 20 miles days in San Francisco and you raise $2300."  

The ripple had begun.

Sure why not! Hell, I'm 61, my right hip hurts, I have knee pain and plantar fascitus, but why not?  So we did.  And oddly all those things worked themselves out - except my age.  I'm still 61.  But I don't hurt anymore.  Good shoes, orthodics, a sport medicine doc, 400 miles of training walks, and stretching fixed all that.

 

And our team raised $10K for Susan G. Komen!

The ripple gained momentum. Becky's next idea came from a book I brought on our walk yesterday.  "60 Hikes Within 60 miles - Sacramento".  I thought we could pick a new destination.  As I'm reading hike descriptions, Becky's eyes glaze over... "I know.  I'm turning 60 next September.  How about if we hike all 60 hikes by my 60th birthday? 60 by 60???" Have I mentioned Becky is goal oriented?

"Hale Yeah", I said, and slapped her a high five.  "Why not!  We've been walking our river route 6 to 18 miles every weekend morning for 6 months.  Let's change it up and see some new territory!" The ripple is now waves.


Hyatt Sacramento for coffeeThis morning we did our first.  And second. We picked easy ones, just to get our feet wet (Plus to get two done in one day!).  The tough ones - at the base of the Sierras - are coming up.  

#1 Was around Capitol Park, dwntown Sacramento. That would be easy, and neither of us has strolled around our State Capitol for ages. I expected dog walkers and roller bladers, but we only saw a few homeless, one cop car, and a guy doing ismotric push-ups by the Viet Nam Memorial.  We stopped at the Veterans Memorial, the Firefighters Memorial, the Hmong Freedom fighters Memorial, the World Peace Rose Garden (top 10 in the nation, the sign says). Who knew?

Map of downtown Sacramento

#2 Was in Old Sacramento, Through the streets of the wild west gold mining town, which was the Western destination of the Pony Express.  We walked the board sidewalks and cobblestone streets, then strolled the new Promenade along the Sacramento River. We even stopped at the Hyatt for coffee in their lobby. It was all pretty cool.

 

So now we are off.  2 down.  58 to go.  We will hike trails with goofy names like Ruck-A-Chucky Rapids, and River of Skulls. Hmmm... More enticing are Buttermilk Bend, and Fairy Falls.  Or Lake Clementine sounds romantic.  I'm sure we'll be singing on that one "Oh my darlin, oh my darlin...."

 

But we are going to do them. And this shows what friendship is about.  A good friend brings out the best in you - not your worst.  Hang out with Becky Lund and you end up walking, discovering, fundraising, curing your knee problems, buying cute walking clothes, supporting the search for the cure of breast cancer, losing 17 pounds, working at a gym to get in better shape, and learning Sacramento's history. We could be hanging out at a bar, or bitching about the economy, but we dn't have time for that.  We're too busy doing good stuff.

Stay tuned for walk #3.  We're thinking of the Blue Ridge Trail overlooking Lake Berryessa. Or maybe......

 

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Noah Seidenberg
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Sally this is great any way you look at it. Doing something for a good cause, you can't loose. Hiking is a blast. It is fun you can talk and be social and so good for ones body and soul.

Good for you.

Jul 07, 2013 04:11 AM #1
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Noah - thanks.  It's been such a surprise how much fun it is.  I used to backpack in the 70's, but haven't done much hiking since.  But we are on a roll, now! and it will be a great way to see our area.  Sacramento is a half hour from the foothills that turn itno the Sierra Nevada range, and two hours form Lake Tahoe.  there is amazing hiking between us and Lake Tahoe.  I've done very little of it.

Thanks for your encuragement.

Jul 07, 2013 11:00 AM #2
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You are so much fun, Sally.  What a great idea to get out there, connect with your friend, see the town and stay in shape.  Love it!

Jul 07, 2013 11:24 AM #3
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Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

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Chris Ann - the other fun thing is that with all this training we have done, we have rocked it in business.  Becky is a fellow realtor and to date, out of 100 agents in our office, we are the #1 and 2 realtors!  It must be all the clean living! We are eating right, going to bed at 9, getting up at 5 for the gym three days a week, then walking 2 - 6 hours on weekend mornings.

Then we work what is left of our assess off at the office - and both have had a killer year.  I'm on my 24th sale! It just seems like we are aligned on all positive stuff.  Guess all that mumbo jumbo about "You are who you hang out with" really is true!

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Now that's a great friend to have!  We all need those to inspire and push us.  I think it's wonderful what you're doing Sally!!!  I can't wait to follow your journey.

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Sally, just how cool is that? Wow, I would love to do that, seriously. I think it would be good for me to get off my butt and do stuff again. Shut the computer off and get outside.

I love seeing you back here and reading about the awesome things you are doing.

Jul 10, 2013 08:17 AM #7
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Sharon Alters
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Sally, I definitely need to start hanging out with a more athletic crowd! lol We are having a great year in real estate, but I am a night own and it's so hard for me to go to bed early. Just because of this post, I am going to bed right after I finish Seinfeld :)

Jul 10, 2013 12:17 PM #8
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Andrea - Next time you are in Fair Oaks, we'll unplug yur cmputer, and take you on one of our walks!

Sharon - I used to hate the "athletic crowd".  I enjoyed being a couch potato, and LOVE watching Seinfeld.  It definitely sharpens your humor sword.  so I know how irritating it is to hear someone crow about the positive benefits of excercise.  But I have to say it is all true.  The trick is to find somene to do it with you.  On days Becky can't work out, the devil on my shoulder says "stay in bed".

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Hi Sally... glad I caught this great post about a good cause! A good friend does bring out the best in you. Agreed! 

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