Well, let's start this way by categorizing me. I am a heavy set, pot bellied man end of the 60s, and my HONEY as well as my health conscious daughter insisted, that I do some hikes up and down in the park, to improve my health.
Easy said for them, since they are slim, sporty, and especially my daughter not too polite in words to get me to exercise. There were no excuses left, and since the weather is nice and dry, and there are no allergens in the forest at that time which could influence my lungs and breathing negatively, I saw no excuse left to weasel out of this task. So I drove to the starting point for the trains, and huffed and puffed after them. Inside the Park there is a junction where you could get the easier way out - after 30 minutes up and down the partly steep terrain, or get to the next level which will take much longer and is just a tougher terrain. So I was coerced to endure this hike, and I was pretty much done when the trail ended. But, no excuses left for the days which followed, I was asked to join them again, which I did reluctantly. What shall a man do when the women ask him to please them, even if it kills him?????
WOW, I am doing this now for nearly a week, and the huffing and puffing got less and less, and now I start to like it. I must admit, it is a nice trail, even if it would be way more fun to sit in a beer-garden at a lake, and have a nice cold beer to enjoy, instead of running off the pounds. Not running exactly, more limping along would be a better description of my hikes. However, I lost about 5 lbs. by now, and I surprised my "BETTER HALF" with the wish to go to the Recreation Center for a swim in the early evening. It was nice to see the surprise on their faces when I asked them to join me. That was worth the stress and pain.
The park is very nice, however the former driveway to the parking area at DUNSMUIR RESTAURANT is closed now, so you have to park in the residential areas below the park. But that is no problem at all. There are not too many crazy people to join me at the hiking trails.
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