A Season in Images: Hiking
Since the pandemic started, I got into the habit of going for a walk every day. Sometimes I walk, sometimes it’s a combination of running and walking. I used to be a gym person. With the gyms closed during the first lockdown restrictions, going for a walk outside at the end of day kept me sane after spending the whole day inside. I used to think it was a waste of time to go out and spend one hour just walking! And now the habit stuck. It's relaxing, it's good for my mind and body.
I’ve had ups and downs regarding my spinal health this year. The pandemic totally changed my exercise routine, and I had a few months of intermittent back/sciatica pain. Yoga became inaccessible to my body, running was out the question, body weight was challenging, so I just walked during the worst of it.
I’m better. I’ve been seeing a chiropractor regularly, I’m back to yoga a few times a week, I learned a few strengthening body weight exercises that I do in the morning every day to remain pain free.
🍁 This fall season inspired me to try hiking. I have hiked a few times in the last couple of years. Now I felt ready to explore nearby trails every week. My husband was my intrepid companion on all these adventures. We focused on easy trails around the Ottawa-Gatineau area.
Below is a compilation of wonderful images from the trails we explored from the end of September to early November 2020 😎.
- Mer Bleu – Ottawa, ON
- Mud Lake Trail – Ottawa, ON
- King Mountain Trail – Gatineau Park – Gatineau, QC
- Chapman Mills Conservation Area – Ottawa, ON
- Old Quarry Trail – Ottawa, ON
- P4 Trail Stony Swamp Sector – Ottawa, ON
- Beaver Trail, Chipmunk Trail, Lime Kiln Trail – Ottawa, ON
- Sheila McKee Park – Ottawa, ON