Lucie Tells the Princess to Take a Hike!

Sometimes people just need a break from each other – not saying that these people are grumpy or need an attitude adjustment or anything – just saying that there are times in a relationship that certain individuals need a little breather from each other’s less than endearing habits.

Hiking in our local Redwoods is something that I find exhilarating and absolutely spiritual and a perfect anecdote to a loved-one’s quirky habits. The beauty and grandeur of these lofty denizens is something that one has to personally experience themselves to truly appreciate their majestic presence. There are times, when in their presence, I feel the overwhelming need to hug one; so, I do – often at the embarrassment of my hiking companions.

Persuading the Princess to forego the morning paper and instead head-out into our local hills for a short hike on the weekend, most often requires an act of God; and even then, He or She doesn’t always inspire her Royal Highness to spend a Sunday morning away from savoring a cup of freshly-brewed coffee and the funnies.

But the Almighty doesn’t know how to whine.

I, however, am the Queen of Whiners and really needed to hug a Redwood that Sunday.

So, I finally convinced her highness that a hike into Wunderlick, one of our local parks, would be just the thing for our relationship.

We’re quietly walking up the oak and madrone-lined hillside, totally absorbed in the solitude and ambiance of the mountains, looking for the beneficiary of my hug; when the Princess interrupted my reverie and said, “Ya know, Hun, I didn’t get a chance to have my morning cup of coffee.”

“Yes,” I patiently answered. “I’m well aware of this fact and very appreciative that you decided to come with me. Isn’t this just a glorious Sunday morning?”

“Un-Hun,” she mumbled and continued to hike in silence, until once again she broke my spiritual connection with my beloved Redwoods and snapped, “Ya know, Lucie, I didn’t get a chance to eat any breakfast this morning, either!”

“Is that so?” I responded. “I grabbed a breakfast bar for myself before we left. Did you bring one with you this morning?”

“No,” she hastily answered. “We only have Kind bars and I don’t consider them to be breakfast.”

“OK,” I mumbled between clenched teeth. “Can your highness maybe give me 10 more minutes of hiking? Just 10 more minutes, please?” I asked.

The Princess, rolling her eyes, answered, “Fine. Guess 10 minutes ain’t gonna kill me.”

We walked-on when Miss Grumpy Cat (a.k.a. the Princess), miraculously became little Miss Merry Sunshine and chirped, “I keep tellin’ ya, Hun, we gotta get out and hike more often. Look at how beautiful it is here, Sweetheart! It’s right where we live, for Pete’s sake. We have no excuse for not getting out more,” she continued, as if butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth.

I, Ms. Sweetheart herself, stopped dead in my tracks, eye-balled the endearing Minion-being and squeaked, “Seriously?! Seriously?! You tell me that we need to get out and hike more, and this is from a woman who I had to get on hands and knees and beg to leave her funnies behind this morning?”

I then took-in the deepest of cleansing breaths, and said, “You’re right, Hun. You’re absolutely right.”

By that point, the Princess had acquired the cheesiest of Cheshire grins and declared, “Guess both of us are a little hungry this morning, eh, Hun? I’m thinking maybe a certain tree hugger needs to munch on her Kind bar, before she gets her knickers in a knot.”


I think, People, this tree-hugging, knicker-knotting, hungry-hiker needed more than a Kind bar. Maybe a little vacation from a certain, red-headed Minion was in order. What do you think?

Until the next adventure, keep a Kind bar in your backpack and your hiking britches un-twisted, and I’ll catch ya the next time, looking at life from my shoes.




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I'm a retired special ed teacher, born in upstate NY, who spent most of my adult life in the SF/Bay Area and moved to the Olympic Peninsula of WA in June of 2017. At the encouragement of family and friends, who followed my silliness on my FB page, I started this blog a few years ago. I try to keep my topics as humorous as possible (because I believe "LIFE" is pretty serious these days), but will, on occasion write about more solemn subjects. I sincerely appreciate all who take the time and effort to read and make comments and am truly humbled when people actually "like" what I write. I do not participate in the "Wordpress awards" because I feel "awarded" when individuals actually read me and comment, but sincerely appreciate all of you who have considered me "award worthy" and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hugs, Lucie

16 thoughts on “Lucie Tells the Princess to Take a Hike!”

  1. Oh My God! I cannot believe The Princess said that! That is hilarious. I am glad she decided she enjoyed it in the end, though 🙂 I really like how you described the ambience of the woods. You made me want to go on long, beautiful walks. Unfortunately we don’t have Redwood forests in London… We do have some lowkey forests that you have to drive to, though. Do you have to drive to the Redwood forest or is it near enough that you can just walk there?

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Jamila. “The Princess” just needed a little attitude adjustment that morning….nothing that a walk in the Redwoods couldn’t deal with! 😉 And yes, we have to drive. Not far, though. Takes about 6 or 7 minutes…it’s down the road from us. Sorry you don’t have redwoods…. guess you just have to suck it up with sights like the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben….(Just teasing!) ❤ Hope you're well, Sweetie. Thanks for stopping by! 😉

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  2. Nice work here, Lucie. You brought two personalities to life for us and made us cheer both of them on. You also illustrated why I often reply to my husband, “No, it’s OK, I don’t mind doing the hike alone. I’ll have my cell phone with me.” It works except for those times when I forget to turn the phone on or deliberately turn it off so it won’t disturb my hiking thoughts, and he decides, unusually, to call to see how I’m doing.

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    1. Good to know that your cellphone is at least ON YOU so we can find your body when you’ve been missing for a few days! 😉 Hope you’re having a great summer, Buddy!😊Thanks for dropping by!😃


  3. I like the Princess, not because she is a coffee addicted funny reading individual, but because she tongue in cheeked you. I want to high five her.

    Dang, wish I had taken the San Diego trip that I had reserved for this week. Let’s just say my conscience got the better of me, but I would have been available for a hike. Drat.

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  4. I love you Lucie!!! and The Princess did indeed compromise you gotta give her that. Coffee, toast and funnies versus hiking in the Redwoods so her beloved could hug a tree is a toss of the coin you gotta admit. I’m bettin that tree you hugged ( ya did hug a tree in the end, did ya Lucie? ), anyways it would have been a very heartfelt, slightly extra squeazy, god (tree) please help me bite my tongue here, kind of a hug. Hahaha!!
    I feel like I’m up the tree Lucie, watching everything unfold.
    The Redwoods sound pretty amazing by the way, I think I would have to hug them too.
    You always make me laugh, even cry, I can’t wait to read your stories, I’m sure everyone can totally relate, great fun, I needed it today mate..
    Biggest hugs 💜 from
    Annie in Australia 🌞 🌴 🌊

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    1. Anything to make my little Australian buddy laugh is ok by me!!! I’m so glad I gave you a chuckle, Annie. I was hoping you’d read it and laugh…and you did! Just FEEL the love that’s coming across the miles, Mate….The Princess and I have you wrapped in hugs and prayers…<3 Lucie


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