Whipple Creek Regional Park Hike

Hike Distance: 5.6 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 248.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 748 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 30055 feet

I saw the physical therapist this morning, before the hike, and he liked the information from the Orthopedist.  I was given several exercises, to stretch the new areas of concern in my hip.  Skipping ahead to the night, when I tried the new exercises.  The clamshell stretch I was given completely eliminated the hip impingement that gave me great pain.  On the first rep I felt a pop, and the impingement was gone!!!!  The other stretches also felt good, and I’m hopeful for improvement of my back. 🙂

A quick walk around Whipple Creek Park today but not much to convey.  I’ve been working on liberating trees of the Ivy and pulled a muscle in my shoulder.  The moral of the story is to remove your backpack when cutting vines and sawing branches.  I just got lazy and paid the price.


Frenchmen’s Bar Area Hike

Hike Distance: 5.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 243.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 230 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 29307 feet

This morning I was able to see my Orthopedist, again, and discuss the pain in my back.  He came up with a plan of attack for addressing my back issue, and I feel a bit more optimistic about moving forward.  He still feels it may not be my SI joint and indicated the cortisone injection into the ligaments, near the SI, was successful, and possibly points to something else.  My left hip is forward and range of motion in my leg hip is deficient.  A note to my physical therapist was made to address this.

I now have appointments with a D.O., to manipulate my back, has been scheduled for next week.  I also have a different D.O. scheduled for next month, to get another opinion.  A MRI will be in order if things don’t help in the next few weeks.  I will also be seeing him in a couple weeks, after the D.O has given his assessment and done the manipulation!  I’m a bit more hopeful but know this is a longer road to healing than expected.  That said, he would like me to keep my hikes from 4-6 miles long and with a minimal of elevation gain/loss. 😦

Certainly a beautiful day to walk along the Frenchmen’s Bar and enjoy the Columbia River.  I just enjoyed getting out in the fresh invigorating air.

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 6.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 238.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 1164 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 29077 feet

A bit higher of an elevation for the start of the hike.  There were portions of the road with snow on it but all was passable.  It was on the cold side but still comfortable with what we were wearing.  A nice day except my back was acting up a bit.  Tomorrow I’m taking the day off to rest.  I’ll also be making appointments with some other orthopedists to have my back checked out further, as I think it’s been long enough for the physical therapy to work.

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 6.4 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 231.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 705 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 27913 feet

Just trying to extend my streak of hikes with no back issues to two days!  I thought a bit more elevation gain would be a good test of whether most of my previous day’s philosophy would work here.  So, I went slowly and kept good posture and a symmetrical gait, and it seemed to work fairly well. 🙂

We stayed at a low altitude to avoid any significant snow, and the possibility of twisting my hips, knees or ankles.  There was still some snow but most had melted.  It also stopped drizzling and we saw some sun come out late in the hike.

Other points of interest were seeing a collapsing road and great views of Silver Lake!  We also watched some red-tailed hawks saw soaring high in the sky.  These birds are both beautiful and graceful fliers.  We also surprisingly saw some wild horses in the distance.  We always wondered why there was so much horse poop all over the roads. haha

Definitely another nice day in the great outdoors.

Willapa Hills Trail Hike West from SW HillBurger Road to Hwy 6

Hike Distance: 6.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 225.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 55 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 27208 feet

Being very concerned about my back I decided to take a different approach to this hike.  A nice level trail was desired so I could focus on moving slowly but with a symmetrical gait and good posture.  The Willapa Hills trail is such a wonderful place and fit my needs for this hike.

Quite a few walkers were there, despite being a bit cold and wet.  That said, we got past all but the trail runners by the time we were about 1.5 miles out. 🙂   The nice thing about this trail are crossing the trestle bridges with views of the Chehalis River, and hiking past all the nice green farmland!  There’s a nice rural feel to this trail and it’s quite remote and enjoyable.  This trail is 56 miles long and spans from Chehalis to South Bend, in Washington.

We were also greeted by the steam engine whistle of the Chehalis railroad.  There are rides available on the weekend, but I’m not sure of the schedule.  We watched as it approached and loved seeing the steam expelled into the air.

It seems my plan for concentrating on hiking slowly and keeping good posture paid off in spades!!!  I had minimal pain in my back and no pain was referred to any other part of my hip or leg!  This felt like a turning point and I was very hopeful when we finished.  Here’s hoping for improvement on future hikes. 🙂