Greetings, friends. It got cold here yesterday, and I don't really like to run in cold weather. Pretty much all I want to do is sit by the fireplace with a good book. Once it got a bit warmer, however, I shook off my sloth and went for an easy 4 mile run at the track. Yes, it does take a bit of motivation to get outdoors on a coldish day, but the payoff? Out of this world. I feel so much better after running. It's that odd paradox about exercise: the more active you are, the more energy you have.
Before running I warmed myself up with some Bojangles coffee while writing a few thoughts about the Lord's Supper. I may or may not publish it later on the blog.
By the way, Bo's really does have some great coffee, and cheap too.
Finally, here's the Lowa Alpine Expert GTX boots.
It's designed for mountaineers who spend a lot of time in snow and alpine environments. The boots feature a midsole made of polyurethane, which is a good material for cushioning but at the same time doesn't compress. Most importantly, they are automatically crampon compatible. The only problem is that the boots are back ordered, even at the Lowa store. Just another supply chain issue. I'm told the earliest I can get a pair would be March or April. Well, I hope to be climbing in late June. I really do need this pair of boots because they are the only brand that is wide enough for my feet. Here's what I think: if the Lord wants me to celebrate my 70th birthday by climbing the Alps again, it will get done. Hands down, high altitude climbing is one of the most adventurous things I've ever done. I was kind of afraid when I got to Zermatt, but my worries disappeared when I was able to hire one of Switzerland's best alpine mountain guides who saw to it I was safe and sound during all of our climbs. Plus, he spoke Spanish and I liked that. If I am able to make it back to Zermatt next summer, this is my goal -- the summit of the 4,027 meter Allalinhorn.
So that's all for now. I am a believer in not letting the cold (or supply chain issues) keep you from getting outdoors and being active. Come on, y'all. Get out there if you can.