I took my 10 year old grandson on a hike in the woods yesterday. The Lewis and Clark Trail is composed of loops of either 5.3 or 8.3 miles and includes some spectacular views from high limestone bluffs near the Missouri River.
So how'd we both do? The grandson did just fine, thank you. The Grand Dad also did fine for about 6 1/2 miles but it's an 8.3 mile trail. Grand dad has more weight to carry up the hills some of which are pretty steep. The last two major climbs I was reduced to hikeing about 100', stopping to catch my breath, and repeating until I got to the top. The muscles in my toushie got sore from the unaccostumed climbing and are still a little tender today. The steep downhills weren't much better because my feet would slide forward in my shoes and make my tootsies' hurt. There's no danger of being eaten by wolves because, if you run out of insect repellent, the insects of various types consume your carcus in minutes. We did have a real nice sized doe deer watch us from about 100' away for a couple of minutes.
I'm still glad that we went and I'm proud the grandson chose to accept the challenge of hikeing the longer loop. It took us between 3 and 3 1/2 hours for the hike (I didn't bring my watch).
I'm thinking I'll rest up today and only do a bike ride.