Yesterday I had achieved most of my 10,000 steps for the day but not quite. I asked Rem if he would take a walk with me after dinner. Because it has been kind of warm and humid, he suggested we drive down to the headlands. Although it encompasses a larger area, for us that refers to the 5-mile stretch of Conzelman Road overlooking the Golden Gate Bride and the Pacific Ocean. It is usually at least 10 degrees cooler than at our place in San Rafael.
The fog was rolling in and I decided to turn into the parking lot by the bridge and figured I’d get my steps walking around the north end of the bridge. Rem surprised me and suggested we cross the bridge and back! We hadn’t walked it in years and usually do it at a more leisurely pace, but the sidewalk is closed to pedestrians at 9:00 pm, so we had to keep moving.
In the picture at the top of the post, we’re at the San Francisco end and it is about 8:25. We made it back at 9:02. The pedestrian gate was closed but a bridge worker was “sweeping” the bridge and came up behind us in a little vehicle and opened the gate. I added about 8,600 steps, well over the less-than-1,000 I was seeking.
Fitbit rewards me with badges when I achieve different milestones and I’ve found that motivates me more than I would have expected. A few weeks ago when I was looking at my stats for the day I realized I was just short of 100 floors, with 10 feet of elevation gained counting as 1 floor. I didn’t know how soon I would get in a hike with that much elevation, so I climbed some stairs at a parking garage to hit 100 floors.
This morning, I hiked to the same communication towers as I did that day but from a different starting point, going up the back of the hill. I don’t get any new badges for achieving 103 floors (and didn’t get one for walking a landmark bridge last night either) but I’m still tickled with the big, green smiley face and “hooray” when I look at my Fitbit Dashboard and I’ve hit or exceeded my goals.
I was surprised by a little sprinkle of rain on my hike this morning but it didn’t really matter as I was already soaked with sweat. This is a little ways before the top of the fire road. Stopping to take a selfie gave me a chance to catch my breath.
This is where I stopped for breakfast.
Yes, I did take a little swing before getting back on the trail and hiking onward and upward.
Back on the road in the neighborhood that I walked through to reach the trail head, I took pictures of some of the gates I’d noticed.
Perhaps some of these choices are a little over-the-top.
Last week, Molly was back home from Sea Ranch and joined me walking a loop starting in Deer Park, almost the same hike I enjoyed the previous week, but slightly longer and taken in the reverse direction.
I realized that Molly doesn’t get the same views as I do.
But she was a happy pup and didn’t seem to mind the reduced views.
I used one of my new bandanas and learned it is from the HAV-A-HANK Bandana Company.
The Fitbit continues to be a positive influence on my activity. I wonder where I’ll hike next weekend.
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