"This flu would have killed a 80-year-old person," Karen's husband, a doctor, said. Karen, 70, caught the flu sweeping the country, while taking care of her sick, one-year-old grandson.
With a 101 degree fever, and coughing so hard she thought she was dying, Karen was bedridden for a week. It's been almost two weeks.
Today Karen and I hiked 3.7 miles- staying five feet apart- in the mountain foothills of Wenatchee, WA where we live. I wore gloves and we didn't share food. Drove separately. She doesn't want me to get sick.
We found a new trail that was blocked with flags. "Bicycles have gone on it," Karen said. We looked down at flattened flags and bicycle tracks. I knew what she was thinking.
Off we went, exploring the newly-built trail on the north side of Sage Hills Trails, Wenatchee.
"You have an excellent base of fitness and endurance," I told Karen, impressed. She did great! We will walk again on Thursday.
Enchantment Mountains from Glacier View Trail.
Balsamroot flowers. Sacred to Native Americans, who boiled and ate the tubers (roots).
Spring Beauties. Love that name!
Hillside covered with wildflowers.
Sunrise in Wenatchee, WA where I live. December 2018.
See the foothills of the Cascade Mountains? That's where Sage Hills Trails are located.
Chelan-Douglas Land Trust bought the original, 160-acre homestead, turning the foothills into a protected, mule deer preserve. This stopped leveling of the foothills - "Californication"- for housing development.
"We have permanently protected nearly 10,000 acres of our region's most important natural areas, primarily in Chelan and Douglas counties."
Volunteers build and maintain trails, reseed with native plants, lead educational walks, teach classes and more.
You live in a beautiful part of the world. Re the flu, do you have an annual inoculation programme ?. In the UK everyone over 65 and those with an underlying health problem have free inoculation every autumn.It doesn't guarantee no flu but definitely worth having.
My walking endurance is improving markedly due to my new exercise regime but I don't imagine I'll ever hike in the mountains while still recovering from influenza. Fortunately my runny-nosed grandchildren are 600 miles away and I haven't had significant cold or flu in years (I'm careful not to visit them in winter), so ... there's that.
Your friend is either crazy or seriously bad ass. Possibly both. Give her my regards!