## 1,000 Miles Progress

One of my new year resolutions this year was to do 1,000 miles in 2013.

Running a thousand miles in a year requires 2.74 miles/day or 19.19 miles/week. That is beyond my ability. But I do some cycling on the weekends. So I decided to count my cycling miles at one-third.

Let’s see how I have done since January 1.

Running: 4.26 + 4.05 + 5.1 + 4.19 + 4.04 + 3.22 + 4.11 + 4.2 + 6.04 + 4.31 + 4.25 + 6.16 + 4.2 + 4.29 + 6.33 + 4.07 = 72.82 miles

Cycling: 29.5 + 31.5 + 40.3 + 28.9 = 130.2 miles

Adding them up, we get 72.82 + 130.2/3 = 116.22 miles.

Today is February 6, the 37th day of the year. So 10% of the year is gone. To keep my pace for the 1,000 miles, I needed to do 100 miles till noon today. Thus I am on track.

## Smoky Mountains

Fall is the best season to go camping and hiking. And I love the fall colors you can see in the mountains. So once again we headed to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park a couple of weeks ago for some camping, riding, hiking and driving.

We had three black bear sightings in the smokies this time.

Here’s the trail to Laurel Falls.

Here’s the trail to the observation tower at the top of Clingman’s Dome which gives a nice view around.

The hike from Clingman’s Dome to Andrews Bald was great and the views from a bald are always the best.

I thought I would never become a soccer dad. And so I never enrolled Michelle in any league sports.

But she liked one thing, then another and they accumulated until now I spend most evenings driving my seven year old around town for:

• Horse Riding
• Gymnastics
• Ice skating
• Swimming

I am also helping her learn how to ride a bike. And competing against her on who does more nighttime reading.

It’s all fun as a parent and there’s also pride Michelle mastering different activities.

But it does reduce the time I can spend on things like the Harappa Ancestry Project. While the data submissions there have slowed down, I still have a number of ideas I am working on that I need to analyze and then post the results. When I can find the time of course!

## Nathiagali

We went to Nathiagali in the mountains (elevation: 7,900ft) to escape the heat in Islamabad. The weather was warm there but much nicer.

We rode/hiked to Mushkpuri peak (elevation: 9,200ft) which was a lot of fun and had beautiful scenery.

On our way back, we stopped in Bhurban.