Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan is published by William Morrow. It tells the story of my adventures with Atticus M. Finch, a little dog of some distinction. You can also find our column in the NorthCountry News.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Not Today

Today I just didn’t have it. Got a late start and headed out to hike but realized my heart just wasn’t in it. I’ve felt out of it the last 48 hours. Last night we didn’t go to Cannon and instead I was in bed earlier than normal feeling a little flu-like.

This morning we got up with every intention of hiking but as the day wore on I just couldn’t bring myself to it, even after packing up my gear, getting dressed in my hiking garb, and starting the drive for the trailhead. Instead we returned to the apartment and crawled between the sheets and fell asleep again.

It’s clear I’m fighting something. I’m loading up on the vitamins and fluids and sleep. I got up for dinner and will be back in bed soon enough. I’m not sick yet, don’t have the flu; I just don’t want to get it.

Tomorrow I do plan to hike.