Boot Camp Day 21-22: Photo Walks Become Magical Mini Adventures!

Progress in my current health and fitness quest has been slow but steady as she goes.

My self-imposed 77-day (11-week) Boot Camp is  all about discovering a myriad of fun and challenging ways to stay fit.

During the past three weeks, I’ve managed to exercise daily, however I don’t always have time to write this blog, so today you’re getting a ‘two-fer’, (two, two, two blogs in one!) lol

Every day, since Aug. 1, I have upped my gym visits from only Tuesdays and Thursdays to twice a day. Can’t always make it to the gym twice a day (our gym is only one mile away), but that’s the goal I’ve set for myself.

I’m unusually busy in the fall and have a photography business to run. I’m enjoying writing these blogs, just don’t always have time to sit down and write anything coherent. However, being busy is good!

Lower Body 8-8-18The best part of my Boot Camp training is going on photo walks. I mean, if you’re reading this, you probably don’t want a shopping list of my workouts. Boooor-ing! But, for those into those things, here’s my leg workout for Thursday.

Instead of going to the gym to walk on the treadmill, I try to get outdoors for my cardio. But the past week, the air has been extremely unhealthy here in Reno. We have been getting some heavy smoke in the air from the many wildfires raging in California.

 

Truckee River hike
Branches from a massive cottonwood tree embrace the view of the Truckee River near downtown Reno. I like taking photo walks to train my photography eye and get some exercise in the great outdoors.

When I go on photo walks, I usually use my iPhone 7 camera. But, if I’m feeling exceptionally creative, I’ll bring my digital DSLR and a lens or two. My weapon of choice is my Nikon D-500 and a 105mm macro. But I also use a Nikkor 18-200, which is very versatile.

My walks are mini-adventures. My mission is to be very observant in my surrounding and try to find things that are pleasing to the eye. These are things that you would normally just walk past without noticing.

Truckee River hike-4
There are quite a few overgrown pathways, which ads a sense of adventure while on my Photo Walk.

One of my favorite places to walk is along the Truckee River in Reno, which starts at Lake Tahoe and runs from West to East through Reno and terminates at Pyramid Lake.

 

The banks of the Truckee River are lined with big boulders, making it for some tricky walking.

“The angles of the rocks force you to use more leg muscles to maintain balance and from falling into the cold, clear mountain water.”

Truckee River hike-6
Discovered this tiny waterfall on the Truckee River while on my Boot Camp Photo Walk.

I also enjoy the numerous city parks in and around Reno and especially love the Tahoe National Forest, which has an abundance of trees, lakes, streams, waterfalls and tons of wildlife (including bears, so be alert to your surroundings!).

Truckee River hike-5
“Eden loves Hector”

Taking photographs while walking, hiking and exploring is a great way to get exercise and have memories to share on social media. When you divert from the beaten paths and sidewalks, a whole new realm of interesting sights, sounds and experiences opens up.

 

White face ibis in marsh
A white-faced ibis lifts off into the air to flee the madman with the camera and huge lens.

I recently visited Swan Lake Nature Study Area in Lemmon Valley. It’s only 3 miles from our house, so it’s a short drive.

Swan Lake is located south of Reno-Stead Airport and accessible off of Military Boulevard and

Got some great images for flora and fauna that inhabit the vast marshy area.

Yellow Aspen Leaf
Flora: A backlit Aspen leaf suspended and trapped momentarily above the ground. That magical glow was accompanied by numerous birds chirping, frogs croaking, ducks quacking, dragonflys buzzing, and an occasional Cessna lite aircraft buzzing overhead on the landing approach for Reno-Stead Airport.

I usually walk out to the end of the 600-yard boardwalk, which boosts by step count on my Fitbit and always results in several stunning images.

Blue Damselfly
Fauna: This blue damselfly held still long enough for me to get this shot with a 70-200 f2.8 lens. I normally use my 105 f2.8 Nikkor macro lens when working with tiny subjects like birds, flowers and insects but I didn’t bring it with me  on this trip.

 

Tomorrow is Day 23 of my 77-day, self-imposed Boot Camp to lose weight, gain strength and endurance and to have fun while doing it. With 33 percent completed, there are only 54 days remaining before I am eligible to graduate from Boot Camp.

There also have been some major changes to my diet. Please feel free to ask questions or make comments about my Boot Camp Fitness Blog.

My next blog will be about how and why I’m changing my diet. Follow me on WordPress at:
https://wordpress.com/post/kodamaxenterprises.wordpress.com/1398
and on my Kodamax Photography Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/KodaMax-Photography-271683042883254/

 

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