It's 3:39 AM (EST) in this part of the world. I thought I'd start today's "Good Morning/Daily Diary" thread before I forget to post here. Again.
These past couple of days have left muscles, especially leg muscles, aching!! Sunday, we took a trip to the Catskill Mountains and hiked the Windham Heights Peak Trail. This particular trail is about 6 1/2 miles long, round-trip. Parts of the trail, though, are steep, which seem to go on forever. It made for a really good work-out, for sure! BUT, it was worth the effort. The views on top were spectacular! Took pictures and some video, of course. On the way down, I experienced something new and a bit disturbing, unfortunately, My right leg cramped up, big time. It was really painful. I had to stop to work out the cramp. Gradually, it went away. But, it left my right leg a bit sore. I never experienced this type of cramping, during a hike (or any kind of exercise), before. Apparently, dehydration and low levels of electrolytes commonly cause these type of cramps. Anyway, we slowly made it down the mountain, safe and sound (with no further cramping). After our hike, we went to one of our favorite restaurants, and gorged on the delicious food. The restaurants in our state is take-out only, still. So, we "took out" our meals and ate in the car. It was a bit awkward, but well-worth the effort. (Yummy!) Got home later Sunday afternoon and just crashed.
Yesterday, we did more hiking. But it wasn't as vigorous as Sunday's hike. We hiked on a more local trail. The hike, itself, was about 3/12 miles, round-trip. There were no leg cramps, thankfully! This time, I took my happy new drone (as well as my regular camera). Took more photos and video, of course. Got some great video using the drone. (Gosh, that thing is so cool!) The view on top of this particular small mountain was lovely. There were wild blue-berry bushes everywhere! It's too early to go blue-berry picking, But we do plan on hiking back up this local trail to pick wild blue-berry later next month. (Yum!)
As for today?!? I think we're just going to stay home and relax. It's supposed to be a bit on the colder side, cloudy, with possible rain. This seems like a nice opportunity to stay indoors and recuperate from two days of activity. It'll also give me a chance to work on the photos and video that we took these past couple of days.
I may or may not have shared this already, but we're re-financing our mortgage. If this goes through, we'll be saving about $800/month in payments. (The interest rate is 3.375% verses the 5.875% we've been paying these past 15 years.) This will go a long way in helping us work down our debt, and make retirement come sooner than later! Anyway, after corresponding with the loan-mortgage officer (or whatever they're called), it seems that the closing for the re-financed mortgage is becoming more "set in stone", which is good news for us. Of course, this whole pandemic thing is making the re-financing process both weird and frustrating (with long delays in communication from the bank's part). If all continues to go as planned, it seems that the closing of this mortgage will take as early as next week (while I'm still on vacation)! HOW it will take place, with the whole social-distancing thing, remains largely unknown. Apparently, it involves lots of faxed/emailed documents, back and forth with the bank, that require specially-witnessed signatures. (There's a term for that, which escapes me right now. L O L!)
Well. . . it's now 4:07 AM (EST) in the morning. Think I'll try to catch a few more ZZZZs.