Tendons on Windly Hill

The hike on Windy Hill was a couple of weeks ago and I had every intention to write a great post about it right after the hike.  Well that didn’t happen.  Other things happened but writing about the hill didn’t.

Hiking on Windy Hill

I’ve been thinking about my next marquetry project.  Our local marquetry group is doing a “three veneer” contest – the picture can only include three different kinds of veneer.  One of the group members suggested that I since I liked hiking I might do a silhouette of a hiker.  I’ve gone through my hiking pictures and found a few that might work.  The next step is converting the pictures into outlines and selecting the veneers.

Just after thinking about the three veneers my wife and did our hike on “Windy Hill” which is part of the Mid-peninsula Open Space District.  It is one of our favorites but it’s been a long time since we were on that trail.  The trail starts along the ridge just off Skyline Blvd and we follow the ridge for about half a mile before heading down hill on Hamms Gulch Trail.

Hamms Gulch drops about 1500 feet over 2 miles through oak and bay trees and it can be a bit of a workout hiking back up so we always take hiking poles for this trip.  The trail can be very busy as it is one of the few trails in the district that allows dogs and on this day dogs and their people were out in force.

We planned to hike for two hours (out for an hour and then turn around) but it took 90 minutes to find the bench we wanted to rest at so we were on the trail for three hours.  I think we did about five miles.

This is “Bob’s Bench” it’s not the one we stopped at.

On the way back Heather took these pictures and I hope to use one of them in a marquetry project soon.

It was a great hike and we really had a great day but by Monday things weren’t looking so good.  Heather’s tendonitis had flared up and she could barely move her arm.  My right arm started to have similar problems and I was concerned that my RSI had come back.  So we both went off to the doctor to get things checked out.

Turns out that using our hiking poles on the hike likely triggered the flare up.  It’s hard to believe since we’ve been using hiking poles for years without problems but the timing and the tendon involved makes a strong case for “hiking pole” tendonitis.

Treating tendonitis is frustratingly slow – rest, ice, and anti-inflammatories.  It’s been two weeks and the arm is just starting to feel better.  The doctor promises it will be better in a month if I rest it.

The real frustration is that “rest” part of the treatment includes not spending much time at the computer and I can’t do much in the workshop so all those great projects and blog posts running around in my mind – well have to stay in my mind for a little while longer.

sigh – I think I’ve exceed my typing limit for the day.  More in a week or so.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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