|This is what Bells Falls looks like when the water isn't so high.|
- To Kurt and I from a couple twice our age: "You can do it. It is not that much farther."
- To a mother trying to keep her kids with long faces going: "You are going to love the falls. It's just around the bend and it is worth it to keep going." (Mom whispered "thank you.")
- One party to a young boy much smaller than the rocks he was climbing over: "Great walking stick. There is no way you aren't going to make it all the way."
I know from experience that a little encouragement can go a long way. A family member, a trainer or even a friend on a hard trail can give you the small boost you need to keep pushing or keep being active. Reinforcing comments help motivate us as well as a positive attitude. Research suggests that exercise adherence is better in people who are active for positive reasons. My husband and I want to be active and promote that quality of life for a very long time. That's why we try and get in our hikes but the friendly people today just made it that much more satisfying.
|At the trailhead|
|In front of the falls. Couldn't even get close. Too much water pouring over.|
|Most of the river was white and turbulent but beautiful|