How many of your phone Contacts have photos? Just the people, right? Because that’s what it’s made for, right?
Well, I have learned some more uses for that handy feature:
Membership cards: AAA, museum memberships, whatever is in your wallet! Anything that you need to flash – but not necessarily punch – can be found and displayed from your contacts.
Trail maps: You don’t even need the Contact part of this – just take a photo or screen shot and use it on the trail – but if you’ll ever be on this trail again, why not store it where you will find it.
Glasses or Contact Lens Prescription: Take a photo of the whole page and make it your eye doctor’s contact photo. You’ll always have it with you – who knows where you’ll need it?
Gayl taught me this one: If you come across a locked phone and need to know whose it is, just push the button and ask Siri: “Who am I?” Yes, you’ll look a little nutty – just like you will right now when you try it – but it works!
I went on some fabulous hikes last year. What a great way to be outside in the fresh air, have an adventure, be active, and socialize, all the same time. Oh and eat! The way we do it there is always food and it tastes SO good at the top of any size hill.
Here are some of the things I’ve learned from my hikes.
Dehydration is dangerous, and takes on many forms. On two separate occasions, many years apart (which is my excuse for not learning this the first time… I guess) one member of the hiking party fell apart without the rest of us noticing why. In one case, the hiker sat down with a severe headache and didn’t want to go on. We were lucky enough to be on an AMC-led hike that day and the leader pulled out his extra liter of water and had her drink up. She popped up, refreshed and fine. She had set out on a longer hike than she had in mind, hadn’t brought enough water and she hadn’t felt dehydrated but then again she wasn’t thinking clearly by then.
Flash forward a couple of decades to a longer hike with a group who had prepared all summer. It’s the way down, and one hiker can barely put one foot in front of the other. The park crew comes up to see what we are up to and gives us flashlights because we are hours later than expected and now it’s getting dark. We coax and prod and soothe our friend, but it’s a hard slog for the last two hours. Then we get to the parking lot, she guzzles some water, and she’s fine! How did we miss this? The biggest problem was that she didn’t feel thirsty – and she even had some water left for most of the time. But once dehydration set in, again, she couldn’t think straight. We all missed it, but I hope to never miss this again.
95% of hiking accident happen on the way down. This statistic comes to us from the Monadnock State Park info sheet and it also matches my personal experience. Just think about the idea of stepping up onto something steep compared to stepping down from the same height – I can just feel the difference in stability from here (and I’m sitting in a coffee shop, stepping nowhere at all.) Which brings me to the next lesson:
Hiking poles are the best invention ever. OK maybe not ever. Vaccinations are better. And the wheel is really good. But hiking poles are so great for turning us into stable three or four legged creatures and reducing the impact on our knees and other joints.
All this makes me want to pack some water, grab my poles, and do some hiking! Want to go with me?? Send me a message!
Hi! I missed you all! I have missed sharing what I learned. I’ve been writing down things as I learn them, all along: on little scraps of paper, in notes on my phones, in reminders that I tell Siri to set, all with big intentions of getting back in here to write it up. What I have not yet learned is how to keep this momentum going and keep the blog posts coming. So come along with me, watch this space one more time and we’ll see if it sticks this time.
I have learned that I’m not ready to give up. My greatest blog supporters (also among my greatest life supporters), my two sweet daughters, sometimes remind me that one option is to just let this go, call it a thing that happened and has ended. Not yet. For one reason, the very concept of a Lessons Learned blog keeps my eyes and ears open at a certain level of awareness that I want to keep.
I have also learned how much I love to share what I learn. It’s not like it was when I was in my 40’s, the years of what some of us call Be Me Be Jane University, in which I knew everything and just wanted everyone to do everything my way (also why did any of you even LIKE me then??) Now I know that I don’t really know anything at all, and I want to share the joy of learning as I go and find more and more ways to learn from you.