We all have things we need to do to keep an even keel — blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?
My ‘even keel’ comes from walking – flat walking, hill walking, small mountain walking – as long as it’s out in the fresh air and not on a treadmill in a gym, I am happy. About 4 years ago, well past a few major birthday landmarks, I joined a hill-walking club for the first time. This was my first time tackling any incline over 100 metres, and on my first walk I wondered whether I would survive the day! I had to stop and rest a few times (nobody else seemed to be under that pressure) and was embarrassed when one of the younger girls offered to carry my rucksack, as she could see I was struggling.
Sometimes there are obstacles!
However, I survived and was back again the following week, and am happy to say that 4 years on I am still climbing and look forward to being out in beautiful scenery in all kinds of weather.
One of the advantages of being with a walking club is the fact that there are always people to meet up with and motivate me to keep going, we all struggle from time to time, but it’s all part of the challenge of hill-walking.
Who wouldn’t be relaxed when walking in such beautiful surroundings in West Cork?
Sheeps Head, West Cork
Some hills are more daunting than others
But then there’s always an alternative!!
Sometimes going down is a little easier
And the climb to the top is forgotten when you look at the view below you, like this picture taken from the top of Torc Mountain,looking down on the Lakes of Killarney
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