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A Year of Living Positively -Day 17

That hike yesterday afternoon did me good. It was a great outing for vigorous exercise with a lot of familiar faces of the club (Busan Daytrippers) on a fine day. We celebrated a few things: first, a member's farewell; second, the birthday of another; and last, a year of fun and healthy hiking.

We climbed an ocean side conservation area for a great view of both the city and the sea, and we stopped to sip wine and nibble on cheese on an old helicopter pad. The area had been used for military exercises, and is still a lookout station in times of war.

It was a good work-out for me, considering I'd been ill for awhile and not had exercise for a few weeks. However, I skipped the first part of the hike, because it is uninteresting and just a chore. Anyway, I knew I was probably not in great shape and would likely find it hard keeping up. Instead of starting the hike with them and doing the entire route, then, I pedaled over to the back park gate, dropped off the bike and met the group at a designated spot. I got there right on time, and only had to wait about three minutes before they appeared at the rendez-vous point, an outdoor gym off the trail. It was still a good work-out for me, not only because the rest of the trail includes the stairs up and down the rocky shoreline and back up to the crest of the point before reaching the end, but also because I had to go back and pick up the bike. I took the bus with the gang to find a restaurant and hang out for a while first, though, because I felt like socializing. After consuming some gringo-type mexi-cal stuff, we departed, and I dropped off my pack, changed out of my damp sweaty shirt, and beat it back to where I'd left my bike at a power walk pace. I think the distance from my place is at least 2.5 km. I wanted to get the bike by sunset because I had not attached the headlight to it. I got there in good time and the sun was setting as I sped home.

Today is another sunny day and it promises to be warmer, maybe up to 50F/11C this afternoon. It's Monday morning, and I have to leave for work in roughly an hour. I only have two hours of classes to teach, and my class plans are in place. 

I must leave campus immediately following the second class, for I have a dental appointment--hopefully the last in the series of operations to take care of a root canal and mount a crown. I'm a little concerned because the tooth has been aching a little since Saturday. I think the cause is erosion of the plastic temporary crown. I certainly hope the dentist won't have to dig around and drill any more!

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