Apparently as I was watching a river flowing down the hillside on my left, I drove past the lake (pond) on my right. I got out at the end of the road and walked up a trail for roughly a half mile thinking that must be where the lake is. The trail continued and I saw no sign of the lake. Returning to the truck to check the map I realize that I may have passed it on the way up.
|On the trail I walked up|
|Half a mile and no sign of a lake|
|Parked near the end of the road|
I started back down the road and kept a keen eye out to the left when out of the trees there came what looked more like a pond than a lake. I stopped and grabbed my fishing pole and started down what appeared to be a short trail to the lake. Mine you I should have gotten out my phone and added to my collection of pictures but frankly I was excited to find the lake and wanted to dunk my line. Unfortunately what happens next keeps my attention and I don't take any further pictures.
|The road bed wasn't that bad|
|Half way up a concrete drain pad|
We stopped at urgent care and I got in and out pretty quickly. After some initial checks the doctor conclude that I had badly sprained my medial collateral ligament. I couldn't argue with that cause it really hurt when he pushed on it. He said he didn't believe it was torn since the motion of the knee would stop when pressure was applied. He recommended ice, Tylenol and rest. Fortunately I don't work so rest is much easier. He gave me a knee immobilizer which I am supposed to wear if I am up for long periods of time. Don't think I need it to much. It is a stiff, velcro thing that takes time to install and once it is on you can't bend you knee.
So sleeping last night was difficult to say the least. The pain has gone down from a 8 on a scale of 10 to about a 5. I can manage the pain and I hope the healing process is quicker than the hamstring pull I had a few months back. The pain of that was a full on 10 and it lasted for several days before calming down.
Basically, no hiking to alpine lakes or rivers for me for a while but as far as slowing down and smelling the roses.....I don't like roses.