Anyway, the hike actually turned out to be shockingly easy! My legs aren't even sore at all today. I was exclaiming to Susan during the hike that it didn't seem like it could possibly be anywhere near as long as six miles, and she was agreeing that it didn't seem that long to her either, but the hike leader kept repeating that it was. I was also exclaiming to Susan how glad I was that the hike leader didn't walk anywhere near as fast as the geology professor who led our hikes in Yosemite. Except then our two carpool passengers on the way back from the Buttes to the high school that we had originally gathered at started complaining that he walked way too fast because he was too tall. One of our passengers had been on other organized hikes in the Sutter Buttes before, and she said the other hike leaders had walked much more slowly. She was older than us, but she was in the habit of taking 50-mile bike rides through the Buttes regularly, so I thought she would be a lot more in shape than me. But I guess she wasn't.
We even went on an optional extra climb up some peaks at the end that raised the difficulty rating of the hike from "3 - Challenging" to "4- Difficult." I told Susan that the hike convinced me that I must be young still, because "3 - Challenging" was supposed to be too hard for people who don't exercise regularly, yet I didn't have any problem with it or even with "4 - Difficult" even though I don't exercise regularly.
I also spent all day Saturday worrying that it would rain on us during the hike, because it was pouring rain all day Saturday, and all night until Sunday morning. It even rained on us a little as we were driving to the hike. But once we actually arrives, it cleared right up and we had blue sky all day long. Then I realized I'd forgotten to bring any extra camera batteries, so I worried about that, but my single pair of camera batteries already in my camera turned out to be enough. I don't usually worry much without having my worries turn out to be justified! Eventually I'll post pictures from the hike.
I took today off work to spend it with Susan, who has it off work automatically because it's Veteran's Day. She's still in bed. Other than the hike, our weekend has consisted mostly of fantastic amounts of reading together on the couch. I read two of Susan's books, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (which was absolutely amazing!) and Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller (which was not so amazing; it was mediocre punctuated by occasional riveting moments and a lot of general horror at how unbearably racist the author's family was). Now I'm reading a book of my own that I brought with me, Love and Vertigo by Tsu-Ming Teo. I'm not very far into it yet, and it hasn't really hooked me yet. Susan is reading Dark Light: Electricity and Anxiety from the Telegraph to the X-Ray by Linda Simon. I love having a girlfriend this geeky.
Also she somehow managed to write me another email love letter on her laptop right while I was sitting next to her on the couch, without my ever guessing it was me she was writing to. I also love having a girlfriend who understands that writing can sometimes be more fun than talking.