Also, while on this hike we ran across a couple of people that had lost their way on the interconnected trails and were able to guide them back ti civilization. It was a fantastic thing to be able to get them down and back to their car. But I tell you, if we had been even numbers, there's non way I would have joined up. I'm just too paranoid, especially in situations where there's no one in shouting distance.
I also transferred some of the whole prey that my cats just wouldn't touch over to ms_monkey. Her cats loved the stuff, so that was a spectacular use of things that have been sitting in my freezer for ages.
The best part? When I got home, my husband had FIXED THE FURNACE! He's amazing, and I love him to pieces (literally, come the zombie-pocalypse). We now have heat in the house. We're still working toward getting stuff done in the geothermal realm, but it's not nearly so urgent now. Well, except that I really want to get the garden going and I have to wait for the destruction to complete before I can take care of that. But HEAT!
And Sunday was for decompression. I fed the cats, both of them ate pork (a first in our house), and chased off the elk trying to decimate the new serviceberry tree. It was nice to be inside hiding from the pouring down rain. Lazy Sundays are awesome.
My right leg is now fully functional, and I only have slight muscle soreness left. This means that there will be much more hiking in the future as I had a great time and the serious lack of pain is a first.