Country Walking with Social Distancing

In the age of Covid-19, we must be adaptable.  We wanted to walk in one area in the mountains, but it was closed.  We went to Mueller State Park, but there can be no dogs on the trail, so that did not work.  We finally drove to a favorite hike – Dome Rock Wildlife Viewing.  In my five times hiking this trail, I have never made it to Dome Rock.  It is about 12 miles round trip and we always get stuck at a marshy area with no path in sight. 

The trail is accessible to both hiking and horses and the horse riders were our only companions on this trail.  I had to try out my new boots and this was a good trail to test their grip on the small rocks or scree.  I never slipped and my feet did not hurt afterwards to my amazement and joy.  

The horseback riders were behind us as we ascended back to the car.  They had taken the trail to a cut off and to an old cabin.  They were out for the day and we enjoyed our social distancing and petting the horses.  Their horse trailer gave an indication of their thoughts. 

My new Cabela hiking shoes are fantastic! Jesus did a lot of walking during his three years of ministry.  Everyone walked everywhere and the importance of footwear was never minimized.  Hosts would offer their guests the ability to wash their dirty feet in cool water.  It must have been so refreshing.  Jesus even walked in the countryside after his resurrection.  

When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she (Mary) had seen him, they did not believe it.  Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.   Mark 16:11-13 (NIV)

Dome Rock area is closed in May so that the Mountain sheep can calve their babies in relative safety.  As you travel this path, the creek is beside you and we had small waterfalls, roaring water, and still streams to cross.  The dog Taz has finally lost his fear of the water, but he still crosses on the bridges.  Adaptable walking on our third choice was a delight. 

What have you had to adapt to during the pandemic of 2020?  How do you get exercise in the Spring and in the Summer with bad weather?  When has having the right equipment made your hikes easier? 

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