So after a few months of being way to busy to get any exercise, I finally went online and looked for local parks with easy hiking to get back in the game before we tackle something more strenuous. I was really happy to find Big Trees Nature Preserve less than 20 minutes from my house. It has a couple of miles of relatively easy trails (although the hills are "easy" relative to mountains, not good old flat Michigan.) I took a few pictures on my cell phone, and look forward to getting more as the seasons change. It felt so good to stretch out and move again. My joints feel better already. Hopefully by next summer I'll be ready for some days up in the mountains a few hours north, or even some all-day hikes at Mammoth Cave. In the meantime, I know nature isn't everyone's bag, but just spending time in a beautiful place (whatever that means to you) can have a healing effect on the body and soul.
What I love about our move to Atlanta and our final decision to rent a place north of the city itself, is that places like Big Trees and the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area are about 20 minutes away, and so is this:
Ya know...provided there's no traffic. Meaning no later than 6am :-)