With stepping off the grid comes a new language. PD and I have come up with some lingo we would like to share with you all. When over simplified hiking involves ups, downs and straightaways.
The ups we call “von Trappes” as in “let us now hike this von Trappe.” Although a noun it can also be used as a verb as well as an adjective. Such as “let us now von Trappe this von Trapping von Trappe.” The song for these is of course “Climb Every Mountain.”
Straightaways are called “walking in the park. ” I have created a new song for these. When I figure out how to send an audio file I will post it. For now the lyrics are “we are walking in the park, we are walking in the park. It’s what we do; it’s who we are. But never, never after dark.” Catchy, huh? The second verse is walking in the fog but never with a dog. The third is walking in the trees but never on our knees. Oh, this is just going to be a hit! 😉
As for downhills, we are still working on those. Our conversation is usually, “PD, how are your knees? ” “DF, how are your feet?”
“Technical climbs” are those involving rock to rock to root to…We had quite a bit of those today. One solution involved sitting on a ROCK and sliding down it. Another involved hugging a tree and swinging around it. (What can I say? Graceful is not my middle name.)
Finally, we have the “Adirondack”. For those of you who have hiked the Adirondacks you will understand when I say this is when you have to walk in the mud and climbing over, under and around fallen trees.
Thus ends our lesson for today!