pre-rain hike, social network thoughts

I hiked early this morning at Fremont Older. It was still dry then, and quite beautiful out. There was even a rainbow,

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California is gorgeous

I’m very glad I got out when I did because it started raining not long after I got home and has been drizzling or raining hard ever since. Hiking is an important part of my physical and mental health routine. It keeps me grounded and never fails to improve my mood. I started off this hike feeling a bit gloomy but felt much better by the time I was done. Nature is amazing and I am very lucky to live in a beautiful place with access to many hiking trails!

The challenge with being on Facebook less is words. When I was not thinking about any of it, I would have just posted that photo to Facebook and not said much about it. If I post it here, I feel like I need to have more to say. I rejoined and then left Ello. It seems to be much more intense than I remember. I’m also not sure what category to put myself in (??) on Mastadon, so I guess Twitter is it for now. Twitter has its own issues, of course, but I am there and I’ll stick around for the foreseeable future.

I actually hope that blogging more and Facebooking less will mean that I write more, and not just “today I…” kind of boring journal posts. Perhaps this will be one of my intentions for 2019! Perhaps.



I hiked today for the first time in a long while. It may have been overcast and threatening to rain on us but it was still wonderful to be out.

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views from the trail

My dog appreciated the chance to be out and to stick his head in many many ground squirrel holes. Sadly, I did not get a picture of that. You’ll have to take my word for it that it was adorable.

stepping it up

Those of you who know me probably know that I am slightly obsessed with my FitBit. I keep a close eye on my step count an often also on my ranking in my friend’s list. I find that my mood is much better when I am getting 10,000 steps a day. Knowing that doesn’t always help me get there, however.

This morning, I walked with the dog down to the dog park so he could run around a bit. It doesn’t get me as many steps as a hike but it wears him out. While we were there, a friend texted and invited me to a hike, so off we went to that as well!

hiking view
California has awesome skies

I tried to get a picture of the Stanford Dish but I don’t think you can see it. The sky was pretty awesome and at one point we could see all the way to the bay. I love living in the Bay Area.

The result of this hike was that I hit my 10,000 steps at 11 this morning! That was much better than the past few days when I’ve only gotten to about 6,000 total. Now, to make that happen again tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that, etc.