Saturday, January 22, 2022

Did Somebody Say Cake? #SoCS #JusJoJan #Thursdaydoors

 Lord knows I love cake! Especially chocolate….🥰🥰

But…I digress. What were we talking about? Oh yes. Today’s prompt. First, my sincere apologies to my good friend Dan over at No Facilities for missing #Thursday Doors this week. I have doors but ran out of hours in my days. Visit the link to his place to see the submissions for this week. 

Since today is Saturday, that means it is time for Linda Hill’s #SoCs/#JusJoJan combined prompt. Today, the prompt is ‘icing on the cake’. Visit Linda’s blog to read some great posts and meet other terrific bloggers. 

I have been working on my novel, as if going on ten years isn’t enough, and making great progress. Yesterday was an all day event. 

So, today, I took a mind break and joined a new friend on a mountain hike. I love hiking and have been too busy for any lengthy walks lately. This was supposed to be a minimally difficult hike, not too far away or too far up. I kept in touch with the hubby while walking and when I texted that the trail was looking a bit hairier than we thought, as well as steeper than we might have wanted, he looked it up. 




The trail has a rise of 322 meters, or 1000 feet. It must be stated here that I live in the mountains these days and walk the sloping roads. But climbing them like a goat is not in my daily routine. 

I was determined though and, with some encouragement from my walking buddy as well as the man who joined us part way up, I stuck with it. There were only a few places I felt truly apprehensive about, mostly due to the fact I don’t have hiking boots yet and I had a wicked experience here a year ago trying to take a shortcut to town. The trails look innocuous in photos and often just viewing them. But, one little divot filled with loose rock and dirt at the wrong incline and you are on your as#!. Some of these trails have steep to sheer drops on one side. 



See? Looks innocent right? Slippy slidee if you don’t step right.



My ‘goat’ buddies



This was my end place. That indented grass was part of the trail. 
This hike was so great though and just the treat I needed. 
And this….





Was the icing on the cake.

Do I look happy.. or what


Cool breezes



Bamboo. Not just for cooking utensils..



Every tiny thing…




These two were the sprinkles on that cake! 😉




Oh this?  My friend climbed up the back of that rock face for the 360 view. 



I admit it is gorgeous. Just not ‘risk breaking my neck’ gorgeous. At least not today. 👍🏻

Thanks for the walk, Doug! 


This one’s for you Dan! I’m late but it was such a cool abandoned house and of course it had a door! 😉












19 comments:

  1. You look very happy! And your pictures are beautiful.

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  2. Cheryl, your post took me back to the Colorado trip last fall. I felt like a goat quite a bit and as you read, I had both good and not-so-good experiences. Be careful when you get out on those trails and, yes, buy a good pair of hiking shoes. My Merrell's were worth every penny!

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    1. Thanks Mary. People don’t realize that even being careful you can slip in the right circumstances. I was uber cautious and the guys were helpful. I just know my limits and what I am willing or not willing to risk.

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  3. What an adventure! I'm glad you were careful and safe, and still got to see great views!

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  4. I agree with Jill, you look very happy. Be careful on those trails. I shouldn’t say that, you know the risk. The scenery there is overwhelmingly beautiful. Your pictures are wonderful. Thanks for sharing and thanks for finding the door 😊

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  5. I do Dan. In all honesty, once I passed a couple of the spots where I wanted to turn back I had to go on because I couldn’t turn right around and face them again in reverse. I just needed a place to sit for awhile, which did. Going down was much easier than I anticipated. I was with a good hiker and that helped a lot. I am very happy here. 🙂

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  6. The view was certainly worth the climb! But I wonder if I would have the courage to do it…

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    1. I often have to push myself beyond the fear zone Pam, but I know my limits. Scaling the rock wasn’t for me but it was so beautiful up there. I’m so glad I went!

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  7. What a beautiful view! Well worth the hike and effort!

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    1. Thanks Deborah. It was only scary in a couple of places. And yes, well worth it!

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  8. Great shots, Cheryl. Does look challenging.

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  9. I enjoyed the shots of your hike Cheryl. They beat the shots I will not take of the wind blown snowy 'fun' of clearing the drive. Thanks

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  10. I posted a response THREE times that went out into the ether. I post ‘testing’ and it goes through. 🤦‍♀️Stay warm John. Those i y drives can be treacherous. .

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  11. That was a great hike! More treacherous looking than our Ozarks with all the slippery spots. And the views are breathtaking in photos so bet they are so much better in person.

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  12. Isn’t it crazy how difficult it is to capture the magnificence or magnitude of height and beauty? I realized that the year I visited the Grand Canon. Ordinary photos just didn’t do it justice. I love the Ozarks. I grew up spending every Summer vacation there. My Grandpa lived in the family home in Gasville. Dogpatch, Bull Shoals Dam, Norfolk Dam, Silver Dollar City. And the fireflies! 🥰

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