49 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Sometimes Eccentric Is Good

ECCENTRIC – [ik-sen-trik, ek-]

– deviating from the recognized or customary character, practice, etc.; irregular; erratic; peculiar; odd: eccentric conduct; an eccentric person.

– a person who has an unusual, peculiar, or odd personality, set of beliefs, or behavior pattern.
– something that is unusual, peculiar, or odd.

For days, I have planned to go walk the 4.5 mile track around our park here in Pompano Beach, but I continued to come up with excuses in order to delay doing it. This morning I was just fresh out of excuses and decided it was time to make it happen.

It was a perfect morning for walking the track because the skies were filled with clouds and the sun was completely absent. With a big breeze blowing, I knew these conditions were perfect, even with a pretty major threat of rain.

Little Kili was immediately excited when he saw me packing up his little yellow water dish and a couple of bottles of water. He was a little less enthusiastic when he saw me tuck his new doggie carrier into the back pack but he decided he was up for it, none the less. The next order of business was to convince Geoffrey to go with us, and even that was not all that hard once I said, “Geoffrey, you just have to go because without you, I cannot strap on the dog!” With that said, he agreed.

Everything I have read about preparing to trek Mt. Kilimanjaro tells you to make sure you constantly wear your hiking boots. I am pleased to say that my boots are awesome. It is as if they were made exactly for my feet and from the moment I put them on, I knew these were the boots that would carry me to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro!

I climbed Mt. Wachusett and Mt. Mansfield last month wearing my new boots and there was not even a break in period for these little gems! Today however, I figured it would be good to do a little more walking in the boots since so many people continually tell you walk, walk, and do a little more walking before taking off for the mountain.

Geoff came out all dressed and ready to go and instead of sporting his hiking boots he was just wearing tennis shoes. He gave me one long look, all dressed in shorts, hat, wool knee socks and my hiking boots and he didn’t say a word. The look on his face pretty much said it all! 🙂

Little Kili started out on his leash and for the first mile he ran at lightning speed! He was so excited to be out on the trail with Mommy and Daddy! By the time we got just a little over a mile in we stopped to give him a cold drink which he was pretty happy to accept. At this point I decided it was time to strap him on to give his little paws a rest.

Sometimes Eccentric is a "Good Thing" - Kili Loved It!

By the time we got to 1.5 miles the rain started and the lightning warning sirens began to go off. At this point we had a decision to make, continue on for 3.0 more miles or turn back, in the event a major thunder storm blew in. We decided to just throw caution to the wind and to keep going!

We all got pretty wet but we laughed about it and figured we are going to run into some rain as we are going through the rain forest conditions at the start of our Kilimanjaro climb. This just gave us a little rain practice and fortunately, there was no more lightning for the rest of our walk.

When we approached the 2.5 mile mark we were in an area that has the heaviest traffic on the road that runs parallel to the track. We continued on, rain dripping from my cap and from the dog, who continued to ride strapped to my chest with his little legs sticking out straight in front of us.

All of a sudden, I just started laughing at the thought of what the passing cars must have thought. While it is not that unusual to see people walking the track, even in the rain, they had to be a little caught off guard by seeing the woman wearing the bright orange shirt, hiking boots with a dog strapped to her chest.

As I turned to Geoffrey, to tell him why I was laughing, the only word that came to mind and out of my mouth was Eccentric, and all of a sudden it definitely described me, at that very moment. He cracked that wonderful Parker smile and said, “If you could have had a vision of yourself today, when you were seventeen years old, I wonder what you would have thought!” Eccentric, to say the least!

Our 4.5 mile walk was awesome – rain and all. Little Kili came out of his carrier and managed to run and play for the last mile of the track. The rain stopped but the sun continued to remain behind a thick layer of white clouds. I could not have planned better weather for our walk. Can you say Perfect?

So back to Eccentric, yeah, maybe today I looked a little Eccentric to the people passing by. Perhaps if I weren’t wearing the bright orange shirt, I would not have stuck out like a sore thumb. Can you say camouflage? It surely could not have been the little dog sticking out of my chest or the hiking boots, right?

Pam and LiL Kili after our 4.5 Mile Walk In The Rain!

All in all, If I were seventeen again and looking at the lady walking down the street wearing the dog on her chest and the hiking boots, I would definitely say Eccentric! But that’s ok – different is a good thing now and then!

Oh by the way, Geoffrey and I ate our desert before dinner tonight and it was his idea! I guess he is a little Eccentric too, don’t you think? Just another reason we work! pkp

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