Well, it has been 2 and a half weeks since I have been home, and it has definitely been a bit hard re-adjusting. At first, I didn’t think anything would feel different, and that going right back into the swing of home life would be fine, without bumps. BUT, there are a few. For one, my body has responded by being very stiff and achy, and I am more tired than I was on the trail. I think after about the 5th day, my body realized we weren’t just taking a break, and we wouldn’t be hiking anymore (well, not 25 miles a day), so it started to decompress, and to show me what I had done to it. Frazier and I went for a run a couple of days after returning home, and it was rough for me! my knees were not having it. They would not let me go very fast, and I was kind of limping along. It was a weird sensation, because I wanted to go faster, to get my sweat on, since I am in great shape cardiovasculary, and I couldn’t because of my joints. I was really disappointed, and it does not feel good to think that I may need some time before I can go into a sport at full capacity again. So, I have been doing yoga, relaxing, taking epsom salt baths, and not running. It is slowly getting better. I also went back to the chiropractor (I had been going regularly before the trek) to get adjusted since I also got a headache the other day; something I have not had in 6 months.
I also have had to get used to daily life activities again: Cooking, cleaning, driving a car, taking care of pets, paying bills, paying time to family members. None of this is hard or bad by any means, but I haven’t really done them in 6 months. So, it’s a bit slow-going. But its AMAZING! I got to come home to a wonderful home, my amazing and loving husband, our beloved pets, my parents and best friends. What a lucky gal I am. OH and the job offer to work at Nomad Ventures pretty much the day I returned home. I already miss the trail, but that is to be expected. It was so beautiful out there 🙂
But all is well, and I am really enjoying our new home here in Jtree, and getting it nested. I decided to apply for a part-time job at our local outdoor gear shop, and I got the job! Hooray!! I know I definitely need to have a job, although it does not need to be full-time right away.
I feel like I am already getting out of shape, and it makes me mad that it hurts to go workout. Even on our short daily walks, I am slower than normal, and stiff when going downhill. I hope that it just means I am healing from the trek, and it will eventually be back to normal. In the meantime, I can do yoga, at the very least. I would LOVE to start swimming, but there is nowhere to swim here in Jtree. I also want to start playing tennis. Soon!
Today was a really great Saturday, for several reasons. We slept in, in our beautiful huge new bedroom, and then made our morning coffee before heading down to the local community farmer’s market. While getting ready, I got a text from my cousin Les, who lives in Riverside. He told me that I made page A2 of todays Press Enterprise paper. He said it was a wonderful article, and that he was super proud of me and very happy for me. I immediately got excited because I thought the article was going to be online only. Woo hoo! Thanks to my mom, who had me submit an article giving thanks to those who support the trail and its hikers. I did that, and it turned into a huge article focused on me as a solo hiker. Not what we expected, but it turned out to be a great article that I am happy about. I really just want to use my experience to share with others and to help/benefit others seeking the same things. So, we went and purchased a few copies of the paper for friends and family, and then went to go see our friend and roommate Andy play with his band at the Joshua Tree Roots music festival. Andy was super thoughtful, and actually got us both free tickets to the festival, so we could enjoy without paying. WOO HOO!! They were phenomenal, and it was great to go out to a community event with desert loving folks.
Thanks again for reading. I think I am going to keep the blog going, as long as I have useful reflections about my experience to share, which I think I will for a while. Here is a link to that article I am in: http://blog.pe.com/environment/2013/10/11/hiking-woman-finds-her-way-on-pacific-crest-trail/