I began the hike/ walk down Silverstar Mountain on an early saturday morning, with all the necessary provisions: poles, water, nutribar, toilet paper,compass & well outfitted in necessary hiking gear.
Ten miles down and 4 hours later, I realized that I neglected to remember what is critical to note in a down-hill trek, the physiology of our anatomy.
Ligaments attach bone to bone.
Tendons attach muscle to muscle.
The patella(flat disc, knee bone) is attached to the tibia(long leg bone) and on a long down-hill hike, it is logical that, that ligament attaching the patella to the tibia would become stretched, even inflamed.
Somewhere on the mountain, I stopped, because of the knee discomfort, and where I stopped was where a man was chopping wood, on his property(very well cared for property].
Later this man drove me to my destination, he said that his wife would have had liked to have met me.
He recounted a story about being stranded in Saskatchewan’s vast prairie at 5 am and walking to a farm-house to ask the owner for some fuel….effortlessly given …he still remembers the kindness.
Later in my travels, another man also shared his family story, mostly of adoption. He stated that this photo, was of his 3 children from his first marriage(with grandchildren not in the picture), his 2nd wife of 15 years(not able to have her own children), the adopted 3 sisters, and then eventually the adopted 3 bothers.
He says that their home is large, (3500square feet) that they do not have a social life in Lumby, a town near Vernon, but there happiness and sense of community within the family is never ending…interesting note for the Christmas Season.
All in All this mountain is proving to be a bit of all right.