Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Spring Break

This week is spring break for the school system where my husband teaches. I took off work Monday and Tuesday so that he and I could get away for a couple of days. We had a great time and went to northeast Alabama to DeSoto State Park, home of DeSoto Falls and Little River Falls. I don't know if the people who live in the southern or central part of this state even know about the beauty that is in that part of Alabama. They've had lots of rain recently which made the waterfalls the best I've ever seen them. Tomorrow I hope to have some pictures posted. At DeSoto Falls, I can't get the complete magnificence of the place into one picture, but here is one on DeSoto's website. We did some great hiking trails, one that followed Little River. The water in the river was so beautiful and green. I have never seen it so pretty. Tuesday, after we left DeSoto, we went to Scottboro to the Unclaimed Baggage store, and then to Grant, Alabama and saw Cathedral Caverns. After that we stopped in Boaz where they have a bunch of outlet stores. It was a fun trip. We had planned to camp out in the tent, but we ended up staying in the lodge at DeSoto because my hubby felt bad about having me sleep in a tent without "facilities" nearby. The lodge was great and came with a free breakfast the next morning.

With all the hiking we did, it was easy for me to get past my 10,000 steps while we were away. And it was a lot more enjoyable than a treadmill! BP asked me to tell what changes I've made in order to reach 10,000 steps a day. On the days when I'm at work, I have tried to start walking for about 10 minutes on my morning and afternoon breaks (weather permitting) and to walk a little longer during my lunch break. And then, in the evenings I have either taken a 30-minute walk in my neighborhood, or walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes to finish out and reach my 10,000 steps. I've even gone over 11,000 a couple of times. But my husband thinks my pedometer cheats. It really does seem to add up those steps quickly! But the main thing is, I know that I'm getting more exercise than I was before.

Check back in tomorrow for pictures of our trip!


Nina said...

So glad you had a good trip! I can't wait to see the photos. I used a pedometer for a little while just to see how many steps I took during my normal day. I think it was pretty accurate for me, but one day Peanut wanted to wear it so I set it to zero and put it on her as we sat down on the couch for school. Peanut, as usual, wiggled and squirmed, and wasn't still for a minute, but although she took NO steps at all, in fact never left the couch, 30 minutes later the pedometer said something like 200 steps!! Go figure :)

Sindi said...

Your trip sounded so wonderful. I am so happy you had a good time. I can not wait to see the pictures you took.

I am also happy to read you are walking more. When the wheather here gets better me and my friends are planning on doing some walking too. We plan to walk the 4 mile to and from my sons school. I did it last year but had to stop because it got to cold.

Have a great day and if I don't get a chance to stop by before then, HAPPY EASTER!:)

BP said...

Thanks for sharing about your walking! I got out my pedometer yesterday but forgot to wear it today.

Your trip sounds fun. I look forward to seeing the beauty you described.

Kentucky Bound said...

Wow! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. My hubby and I are always looking for scenic places to camp and hike. I've bookmarked the website so I can share it with him when he gets home!


Strawberry said...

Sounds like a great trip! What a sweet husband - to think about the "little things" like facilities! I too am looking forward to the pictures!

Amel's Realm said...

Ah, yeah, spring break!!! A friend of mine became a teacher in the US last year and she's also on a spring break. She LOVES it he he he...;-D

Almost forgot...HAPPY EASTER to you! God bless you!!!