a moderate trail

The words hiking and Lori do not go well together. We have a rocky past and I am sensitive to even hearing the word. I don’t know that I will ever consider or call myself a hiker. Yet our paths crossed on Saturday afternoon when a couple of my best friends challenged me to go on a hike. Matt is an avid  hiker. He hikes into places miles and miles into nowhere with gear and is a wiz at reading  maps, building fires and cooking over an open pit. Mmm BBQ over a camp fire all juicy and…ANYWAY….

We met up at the Cincinnati Nature Preserve and Matt along with his wife Ellie and new son Linus and myself set off for an afternoon hike. Matt and Ellie were married at the Nature Preserve and it is stunningly beautiful as was their wedding! Matt went over and pulled out a folded map that was resting in the plastic holder of the whole area and we decided on a trail. We do not decide on a “easy” trail, we decide on a “moderate” trail. How bad could moderate be? That is not a very harsh word, so it’s couldn’t be that bad…could it?

Linus had a little sack thingy that allowed him to dangle in front of Matt’s chest and see everything around him! He loved the leaves, and trees and butterflies all around him and I loved watching him bask in the glory of the beautiful fall day. The uphill trek was kinda hard, then once up top the 15 flights of stairs way down was kinda hard, crossing the stream and trying to navigate my body along slick rocks as I made my way across was hard, and the push back up the ridge would find me muttering the following words under my breath ” a moderate trail my ass”…at one point I told Matt if I could not make it back up he was going to have to give baby Linus to his wife and he could strap me into the harnessy thing and carry me back up this MODERATE TRAIL! The views were amazing and the colors of fall like a warm blanket of beauty that surrounds you in all of it’s glory. I kept telling myself to stop an look up and not miss the very reason we wanted to come here.

Guess what? I might not have been the fastest and I might not have looked the most graceful doing it…but with the loving encouragement of my dear friends I conquered the moderate trail! It felt good to reach the top, to have legs that felt like jello and to know that slowly I will start to be able to do things I have not been able to do in the past!



  1. Moody says:

    Hey Lori,

    Wow!!! That sounds like quite the hike!!!
    CONGRATS on making it!!!!!!!!!

    I remember a few attempts at hiking myself over the course of the last few years. The first time was at my friend’s in France. She took us (my son and I) up to the “Black Mountain” (near Toulouse in the south) and – despite the hot weather and excess “luggage” – I made it to the top, slowly but steadily. Going down was harder! Last year, we gave it another try, but I busted my knee in between and couldn’t make it. It was getting cooler and the weather was turning to rain, so we decided to head back down, while we hadn’t even made it halfway up.
    The year in between, we were visiting a friend in Canada and she took us to the falls “Monte à peine”. The litteral translation is “Hardly goes up”. It went up steeply on some occasions, but it wasn’t too bad and we all managed the five kilometer hike nicely. I don’t mind walking and I absolutely LOVE walking in the mountains. Fall is especially beautiful with all the colors, sounds and smells. And you were right to tell yourself to stop and look up because you would’ve been so disappointed to have missed the beauty of it all, had you not.

    I’m proud of you and I’m sure it’ll help you knock those pounds off even faster.

    • dogl2324 says:

      Wow that sounds like a killer hike, this was nothing like that but it was fun and was so glad I got to see the amazing colors of the fall leaves! I have to admit I am leery of messing up my back and knees to I am really trying to be good to them. If I get hurt at all, it will throw this into a tailspin!
      lol…I love the translation “hardly goes up”…..yikes..you know your in trouble! 🙂
      Thanks Moody!

  2. John S. says:

    Splendid. I wish I had been there.

  3. Kate E. says:

    Way to go, Lori! Hiking is one of the hardest things to do… I’m so proud of you! 🙂

    P.S. I’m usually the one to slip off the rocks and fall in the stream. Glad you were able to stay on two feet!

  4. lindsey says:

    Way to go! If you ever want to go again, even to another tail let me know. I love going this time of year. So pretty! Congrats on the accomplishment!

  5. Debbie Rasnick says:

    I hope you were out of ear range of the baby when you were muttering!!! We used to do a lot of camping when I was growing up and with that came hiking. Haven’t done that in 30+ years and with the condition of my knees at this stage in life I can not imagine trying the moderate trail myself. How was it later when you went to see Wynona (sorry if spelled wrong)? Stay awake at the show?

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