I spent many extra hours at my computer this week devoted to learning the program that allows me to publish this new blog. My hands are now aching!
For more than ten years, I made my living as a fashion jewelry designer, which means my hands are very weak with bouts of carpal tunnel syndrome as well as arthritis. On Saturday, I decided to give my hands a day of rest. I asked Mr. Mickey to take me to Elizabethton and drop me off at a point just outside of town so that I could walk the Tweetsie Trail back to Johnson City, where my car was parked.
The solitude of hiking has always been the best therapy for my body and soul. I took my camera along so that I could snap some photos along the six-mile hike to share with you as well as my phone and ID because I had never hiked this trail and did not know what to expect. Most of the folks on the Trail were wearing running clothes. Two ladies told me I was the most stylish “girl” on the Trail today. I typically wear some version of this look when I walk in the neighborhood. Slim fitting clothing that does not move very much is more comfortable for me on long hikes. Blisters in odd places such as my waistline and inside of my knees taught me lessons about what to wear on hikes. If I were on a regular hike through a woodland trail, the slim-fitting jeans would have protected my legs from thorns and ticks. I knew I would be stepping off this Trail often in uncertain terrain to get photos.
I attended elementary school here at Happy Valley. I always looked for and often found arrowhead fragments on this playground.
Mr. Mickey and I bought a bench when the Trail was built. I was determined to find it today!