This one is inspired by ALICIA363. Here are my badges and caterpillars! 😁
Garmin likes to gameify incentives to move and we could get a “point” for earning a “badge” for doing a 3-mile “walk” this weekend. I need two “points” to go from “level 2” to “level 3.” (Can you tell from my quotes I’m a looking a little askance at this gamification stuff? LOL). Still, it got me out there, so there’s that.
So I decided to go for it. I haven’t walked that far all at once in a long while. And I only really started walking much at all again, in February.
So it was going to be a challenge but I suspected I could manage it. I was right.
Along the way there was a lot of milkweed. Instead of looking for frass on the ground, I just looked for chewed leaves. And once we started seeing that, there were monarch caterpillars EVERYWHERE!
It’s pretty scenic in places, too. I was glad we brought bug swatters because the mosquitoes were pretty thick in some places, and every once in a while a deer fly would buzz above my left ear. I had one following me like that for a quarter mile, before I got it.
I also discovered that my stride must be set wrong on my vivofit. H was along too, and his Forerunner has GPS. His watch says we went 3.37 miles. The vivofit (which just counts steps) says we went 3.17 miles. I have some math to do!
Overall, not a bad excursion. A little sore, but in a good way. And I got to see stuff. 😀
Update: DOVESEYES’ comment intrigued me. I had no idea there were monarchs in Oz and NZ!