Hiking at Cedar Ln..

Wow it’s been a week since I have been able to go hiking so Maggie, Duke and I finally got back out here. The detail of the hike and a couple of pictures are below

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Tom Hiking uses MotionX-GPS on the iPhone and is sharing with you the following track:

Name: Track 019
Date: Jun 29, 2012 8:31 am
(valid until Dec 26, 2012)
View on Map
Distance: 1.99 miles
Elapsed Time: 59:17.8
Avg Speed: 2.0 mph
Max Speed: 5.9 mph
Avg Pace: 29′ 44″ per mile
Min Altitude: 454 ft
Max Altitude: 656 ft
Start Time: 2012-06-29T12:31:03Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 41º 31′ 59″ N
Longitude: 72º 36′ 12″ W
End Location:
Latitude: 41º 31′ 59″ N
Longitude: 72º 36′ 12″ W


Bike ride at Pistol Creek

Went for a bike ride with Abby, Logan, & Josh at Pistol Creek. Details of the ride are below.

Name: Track 018
Date: Jun 22, 2012 9:37 am
(valid until Dec 19, 2012) View on Map
Distance: 2.57 miles
Elapsed Time: 42:30.3
Avg Speed: 3.6 mph
Max Speed: 13.1 mph
Avg Pace: 16′ 32″ per mile
Min Altitude: 141 ft
Max Altitude: 226 ft
Start Time: 2012-06-22T13:37:07Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 41º 36′ 08″ N
Longitude: 72º 43′ 54″ W
End Location:
Latitude: 41º 36′ 08″ N
Longitude: 72º 43′ 54″ W


Hiking Cedar Ln and Brooks Rd.

Went for a short hike today only 1.5 miles had to cut it short because of my work day.  Here are some pictures of the hike and the details listed below. One of the pictures is of poison ivy on a tree and another is of a wild grape-vine which will have grapes on it later on in the Summer…

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Name: Track 017
Date: Jun 19, 2012 8:30 am
(valid until Dec 16, 2012)
View on Map
Distance: 1.40 miles
Elapsed Time: 37:31.8
Avg Speed: 2.2 mph
Max Speed: 5.5 mph
Avg Pace: 26′ 48″ per mile
Min Altitude: 411 ft
Max Altitude: 594 ft
Start Time: 2012-06-19T12:30:22Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 41.532606º N
Longitude: 72.603085º W
End Location:
Latitude: 41.533211º N
Longitude: 72.603301º W

Walking is Healthy For You..

The benefits of Hiking… The difference between Hiking and Walking is that usually hiking is harder and could be more dangerous if you are not experienced and careful.. Walking is general done on groomed walkways or roads and sidewalks. Hiking is done usually in the wood on very rough trails which can be difficult to walk on at times and require more effort to do… The artical below was taken from Slate Magazine www.slate.com
“…what walking in America has become: An act dwelling in the margins, an almost hidden narrative running beneath the main vehicular text. Indeed, the semantics of the term pedestrian would be a mere curiosity, but for one fact: America is a country that has forgotten how to walk. Witness, for example, the existence of “Everybody Walk!,” the “Campaign to Get America Walking” (one of a number of such initiatives). While its aims are entirely legitimate, its motives no doubt earnest, the idea that that we, this species that first hoisted itself into the world of bipedalism nearly 4 million years ago — for reasons that are still debated — should now need “walking tips,” have to make “walking plans” or use a “mobile app” to “discover” walking trails near us or build our “walking histories,” strikes me as a world-historical tragedy.
For walking is the ultimate “mobile app.” Here are just some of the benefits, physical, cognitive and otherwise, that it bestows: Walking six miles a week was associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s… walking can help improve your child’s academic performance; make you smarter; reduce depression; lower blood pressure; even raise one’s self-esteem.” And, most important, though perhaps least appreciated in the modern age, walking is the only travel mode that gets you from Point A to Point B on your own steam, with no additional equipment or fuel required, from the wobbly threshold of toddlerhood to the wobbly cusp of senility. …the need is urgent. The decline of walking has become a full-blown public health nightmare.”
from “The Crisis in American Walking: How We Got Off the Pedestrian Path,” by Tom Vanderbilt, Slate Magazine (www.slate.com), April 10, 2012.
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Comment below came for an e-mail by  Charles Cook of http://www.wildearthadventures.com/ 
Dear Friend,
As you know, hiking is walking — that takes place in the natural world, where there are obviously no sidewalks and the terrain is sometimes mountainous and/or rocky.
Periodically articles and stories appear in the media extolling the health benefits and pleasures of walking, which used to be something all human beings did.
Some of you saw the 4-part series in Slate Magazine on walking in America, from which the above excerpt is taken. Yes, the focus is on urban and suburban walking.
It struck me that in the series there wasn’t a single mention of hiking or walking in nature, which many millions of Americans do on a regular basis — do we not?
And hiking, or other walking in nature, does meet the needs that the author laments are no longer being satisfied in our “walking-deficient” country — does it not?
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Hiking Cedar Ln.


Took Maggie and Duke my dogs to the Vet today to get their shots and they are both in great shape.  Maggie is 10 yrs old and Duke is 7 yrs old. Hiking has kept them in great shape especialy Maggie at 10 yrs Old and still very active, she is just starting to slow down a little.  Hiking is good exercise for everybody not just the dogs..  Get out there and take a Hike, you’ll be glad you did…. Oh by the way I never have to trim my dogs nails, what does the say about most dogs?  They don’t get enough exercise, that’s what it says….

Duke on the left 90 lbs and Maggie on the right 70 lbs.

Below is my hike I did early this morning with Maggie and Duke  before we went to the Vet…

Tom Hiking uses MotionX-GPS on the iPhone and is sharing with you the following track:

Name: Track 016
Date: Jun 12, 2012 8:36 am
(valid until Dec 9, 2012) View on Map
Distance: 1.98 miles
Elapsed Time: 59:12.2
Avg Speed: 2.0 mph
Max Speed: 7.2 mph
Avg Pace: 29′ 53″ per mile
Min Altitude: 413 ft
Max Altitude: 636 ft
Start Time: 2012-06-12T12:36:25Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 41.533168º N
Longitude: 72.603462º W
End Location:
Latitude: 41.533240º N
Longitude: 72.603510º W

MotionX-GPS Commonly Asked Questions

What is MotionX-GPS?
MotionX-GPS is the essential GPS application for outdoor enthusiasts. It puts an easy-to-use, state-of-the-art handheld GPS on your iPhone.

Can I use MotionX-GPS?
Sure! MotionX-GPS can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

Hiking Shenandoah National Park VA March 2010

In March 2010  I did a 3 day 2 night hike in Shenandoah National Park with my 2 son’s  Ed and Mike.  It was quite the adventure.  The first day went well and we set up camp on a ledge overlooking  a city in VA, not sure what city it was but we had a great view of the sunset and the entire city about 3000 feet below.  In the morning we got our food back from the tree we put it in to keep it away from the bears and had breakfast…   We hiked until about 2 pm when my son Mike remembered he left the keys to his car in Ed’s truck.  We started hiking from Ed’s truck and were heading to Mike’s car which was our ride back to Ed’s truck and home but now we had no keys.  It was a 10 or 12 mile hike back to Ed’s truck and at 2 pm that was out of the question.  Fortunately the AT running through Shenandoah National Park parallels the Sky Line Drive so we called Mikes Wife and she drove the 60 miles to where we were and rescued us from our dilemma.  It just made the trip more memorable.  Here are some pictures and a short video of this trip.

Info on Hiking in Shenandoah National Park VA


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