No more bushwhacking for a bit November 5, 2011Posted by Jenny in bushwhacking, Smoky Mountains.
Tags: knee problem, Lester Prong, Porters Creek
My knee problem of the past few months has reached the point where I’ll have to consult a specialist. The brace I’ve been wearing hasn’t prevented it from popping out of joint, and today, on a hike up Lester Prong to the Jumpoff, it popped out severely enough that I had to turn around a short distance up the Dry Sluice manway. I’m glad my four hiking companions were able to continue without me, and I look forward to hearing how it went. I’ve been there twice before, and none of them have—I wanted to share it with them.
I’m determined to get this problem solved, one way or another. If it by chance means surgery, I’ll do that, because I will not let this part of my life stop. I believe I’ll be able to continue with trail hiking in the meantime. It’s bending the knee at the strange angles required by off-trail that causes the problem. But then, a lot of strange things are required in that kind of hiking—that’s why I love it so much.
I’ve had some fabulous bushwhacking experiences this year, as much as anyone could ask for. Today, on my way out, I stopped beside Porters Creek and meditated a short while. I’ll be back.