Alaska Paul was back and we were getting together for some dinner, but we needed to do some exercise first. He suggested a run, but I was reluctant to try that out yet and we settled on a hike. I took him off-trail to check the site of the park squatter. We struggled up the hill to the ridge on a muddy slope covered in wet leaves. The sleeping bag was still there...no Ranger has yet to check the site...so we checked ourselves by combing the ridge for any sign that anyone was still around or that they’d never made it back off that ridge. We found nothing more than a huge deer bedding area.
We finished the hike in almost complete darkness, but the trail was partially lit by a beautifully clear half moon. I enjoy walking so much in these conditions...the quiet of the woods and solitude of being alone in the park on a moonlit path is very special. I walk slowly in these conditions, both to enjoy the stillness and to keep from falling on my ass in the dark.
Paul is a collector. He’s really into baseball cards and baseball memorabilia so when we returned to the house, we jumped on e-bay to check the prices of some things he was telling me he had. “I’ve got some issues of ‘Playboy’, too. Like the one where they interview ‘The Beatles’ and one with Marilyn Monroe,” he said. I’m sure he had them for the articles. Anyway, we checked on the Monroe issue and found it selling for almost five thousand dollars. I had to see how sex stacked up against the most famous baseball card of all time – Honus Wagner’s T-260 and googled it next.
“Hole...lee sheeeit. Someone paid $2.35million for a mint Honus card and once again baseball outsells sex,” I said. The card continues as the iconic symbol of the baseball card industry. This one in particular continues to escalate in value with the previous owner paying $1.2 million for it in 2000. Not a bad ROI for 11 years. It is believed to be one of about 50-60 cards in existence but far and away in the best condition. Its value comes from the combination of Honus being the second greatest player of his era (behind only Ty Cobb) and the fact that there are so few of the cards. They appeared originally in packages of cigarettes in the 1909, but as the story goes, Wagner did not want to encourage kids to use tobacco products and had his image pulled. Paul doesn’t have one and neither do I.
We had a partial Paleo dinner...chicken breast, green beans, and a left-over turkey stew thing. There was a little ice cream left that Jack hadn’t seen and so we had a little of that, too. In all...positive calorie day. The calorie burn from the hike couldn’t keep pace with a good bowl of Breyer’s Vanilla with natural bean specks.
Calories burned during workout: 350.