Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Adrenaline Dump

Today was a big day.  I had worked myself into a great amount of stress.  My heart was racing, my breathing was fast and I quickly scribbled drug calculations as fast as I could.  I was having a hard time slowing down and concentrating.  Why all the hub-bub?  Well, today was my drug calculations test for the 4th semester of my nursing program.  We are required to achieve 100% each semester in order to matriculate to the next semester, and we are given two opportunities.  If we don't pass, we sit out an entire semester!

While getting ready to head to the college to take my test, I thought that I might enjoy a few minutes of trail-blazing after my test to burn off the adrenaline I was sure to build up during the test, whether I passed or not!  I am happy to report that I did pass, and so the walk was sure to be much more enjoyable!  So....

I went to the Roger Milliken Research and Customer Center, which features 600 acres of meadows, fountains and ponds, accented with hundreds of plant and tree specimens.  This is a popular place in Spartanburg, with trails, areas for picnics, kite flying, and plenty of ducks and geese to feed!  We have been there a number of times as a family, just to feed the ducks.  Today however, I had different hit the trails for the first time.

Today the entire area was quiet with very few people on the trails which made it really nice to enjoy everything by myself.  It was 40 degrees outside, overcast and slightly muddy from the recent rain, but I was dressed for the trail as I had brought my gear with me.  It's not a difficult trail at all, with very mild rolling hills, and mostly flat paths.

I took the opportunity to take some pictures on the way, and decided I'll have to make trip back in the spring to fully enjoy the different trees planted.  They are pretty this time as well, but difficult to appreciate their full beauty.  It was nice to actually be able to "notice" the trees, the differences of them and enjoy the full palate that God works with.  He is more than amazing!

At the end of the trek, I had walked 2.75 miles, with a max speed of 6.71 mph, average speed of 4.35 mpg at a total time of 37:55 with the stops I made along the way.  Elevation was 655 ft up to 774ft, but the grade really was negligible.

Next we are planning on a family hiking trip this weekend if the weather holds, as there is a chance of snow on Sunday, but I've got my fingers crossed.  Jenna will be disappointed if we don't go hiking since she is eager to try her new hiking shoes!

Lastly, as a side note it would be appropriate to mention the passing of Roger Milliken this past week.  He was considered a great man in the Spartanburg area, growing his company to hire thousands of employees.  A link the story regarding his passing can be found here: Roger Milliken Remembered

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