A Good Friday hike and milkshake

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By Vicki Scott

We spent Good Friday (April 7) on Flag Mountain, which is located west of Sylacauga in an area deep in the woods. My husband Alan has been wanting to go there since we walked the Nature’s Way trail on Lake Martin with our pastor, our youth pastor and his wife and our exercise group in Dadeville.

The day before our hike, I had logged over 11,000 steps and was looking forward to the same amount or more on the Nature’s Way trail. My frame of mind was where it needed to be.

If you are female and seasoned, you might want to visit the restroom before you begin the hike. The closest place would probably be in Sylacauga. The only facility at Flag Mountain is an outhouse, which I was thankful for. I brought along some paper towels in case of such an emergency, and they came in handy.

Once my bladder issues were resolved, I was ready to hike. One of the trails was a sidewalk and looked to be handicap accessible. It led up to a beautiful stone tower that had inside steps up to the top, where we encountered a beautiful scene. After we soaked it all in, we trekked down to a road, at which point we checked our GPS and found the road was further than we wanted to go.

When we returned to the beginning of that road, we saw a sign and realized that we were not too far from a pavilion before we decided to turn around. Maybe another time.

I texted my exercise group to suggest as Flag Mountain as our next potential field trip. I took a picture of my watch showing the steps I took while hiking the Nature’s Way trail and commented on how maybe one day my reduced weight will show off all this hard work.

We ate at Arby’s after the hike. I ordered roast beef, curly fries and a Diet Coke. If that was not enough to sabotage any weight lost due to the hike, we then went to the Lake Martin Creamery, where I polished off a chocolate milk shake. The only bad part about that treat was that I did not feel bad about it. In that situation, my frame of mind perhaps was not where it should have been. Stay safe, y’all!

Vicki Scott may be contacted at lily200383@yahoo.com.

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