Saturday, October 22, 2016

My Virtual Walk: Day 1-Yosemite: Lower Falls Trail

My Virtual Walk:

 Day 1-Yosemite: Lower Falls Trail


What it was like at in Yosemite

The Lower Falls Trail is a 1-mile loop with an Elevation gain of approximately 50 ft.  making it easy to attempt. There are a few lookout positions to get a great view of the falls and the creek. It is also handicapped accessible. View Yosemite webcams.
Yosemite Falls | Yosemite Conservancy

Weather Conditions in Yosemite

It was clear and 74° F and will be much cooler in the evening. The park’s site has a link to view the latest weather conditions


Look out for bears. They are so active at this point that some of the park areas are closed. Hantavirus pulmonary disease is spread by local rodents. So, stay clear of them also.

What my walk was like in Walterboro, SC

I walked for my 30 minutes at the 2 mph pace (according to the chart from Sparkpeople) on the walking trail at Palmetto Rural Telephone Company at 2471 N. Jefferies Blvd. This trail is flat terrain and very shady with a well-defined path. It is .5 miles, so I meandered around taking different turns at the forks. I took the dog with me since I have usually found this trail empty.

If you zoom in until you can see cars in the PRTC parking lot, you can see the beginning of the trail. The rest, covered by the trees, loops around the whole block.

Weather Conditions in Walterboro, SC

It was a very partly cloudy afternoon. The temperature was about 75 ° with breezes up to 14 mph, but those breezes weren’t enough to keep the mosquitoes away.


I didn’t see any wildlife except those swarming mosquitoes. My dog, Clark Kent, A.K.A. Superdog, looks pretty wild sometimes with the Mohawk he’s sporting.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Virtual Walking Tour

It's time to start walking and getting fit!

I was solving my daily digital jigsaw puzzle on, when I got inspired to get up and start my walking program today. It was a splendid shot of the boardwalk of the Lower Lower Yosemite Falls Trail with a spectacular view of Yosemite Falls, in Yosemite National Park, California.


My Why- Get healthy!

I need to lower my blood pressure and lose some weight. My blood pressure has never been so high before...but I’ve never been as inactive before either.

Lower Lower Yosemite Falls Trail

The trail is 1 mile long with an elevation change of 50 feet. It takes you close enough to the falls that you can feel the spray of the falls.
California is a bit far to get to from SC, so I started a virtual walking tour. I will seek out different trails similar to this one and start accumulating some miles and watching BP and BMI.
According to the Spark People blog article “What music will help me walk a 15 minute mile?”
you can choose music according to BPM (beats per minute) and the pace you want to accomplish.

For example, if I wanted to walk the mile in 30 minutes, I would be walking at apace of 2 mph and would chose music with 80-100 beats/steps per minute.

 LEVEL 1: VERY INACTIVE: 80-100 steps per minute = 2 mph (30 minute mile)
 LEVEL 2: LIGHTLY ACTIVE: 120 steps per minute = 3 mph (20 minute mile)
 LEVEL 3: MODERATELY ACTIVE: 130 steps per minute = 3.5 mph (17-18 minute mile)
 LEVEL 4: ACTIVE: 140 steps per minute = 4 mph (15 minute mile)
 LEVEL 5: VERY ACTIVE: 150 steps per minute = 4.3 mph (14 minute mile)
 LEVEL 6: EXCEPTIONALLY ACTIVE: 160 steps per minute = 4.6 mph (13 minute mile)
 LEVEL 7: ATHLETE: 170 steps per minute = 5 mph (12 minute mile)
 LEVEL 8: ATHLETE: 180 steps per minute = 5.5 mph (11 minute mile)
 LEVEL 9: ATHLETE: 190 steps per minute = 6.0 mph (9-10 minute mile)

Walking Music

The music I chose to keep me motivated is a short program from Kim Alexis’ Praise Walk: Firm Foundation album. The songs include

1. Shout
2. Celebrate The Lord Of Love
3. Worship You
11. We Will Embrace Your Move
12. Firm Foundation
13. The River Is You
14. When Christ Comes


My goal will be at least 3 days a week. 

Follow me on the Virtual Walking Tab.