Before I talk about today, one thing: If you’ve been reading this blog and there was an entry with no photos, go back and look. Sometimes I don’t post the photos until later. And the photos are the best part!
Another beautiful day today, with temps in the low 70s and sunny skies.
We drove to the day’s starting point, a parking lot across the highway from a reservoir. It was packed, as the trails here are popular for hiking, mountain biking, dog-walking, etc. But we found a space.
The morning passed uneventfully, with lots of beautiful scenery, reasonably good markings and footing that was relatively easy (not too many rocks or hills). The one funny part was this small patch of scrub that the trail passed through. It was probably only 10 or 20 yards long, but the scrub/shrubs were so thick that you could not see any path at all — just a blaze at the far end. I tried bashing my way through with my trekking poles to no avail. I tried powering my way through with no luck either. So Ed went ahead and we made a train of sorts and he was able to bash us through. Ridiculous! But funny.
We had lunch around this really cool grouping of rocks just before the poetically named Will Warren’s Den. Not too long after that we ran into Parks again, and warned him about the scrub.
The afternoon was pleasant, and the best part was reaching our car at 4:30, an hour earlier than we thought. We only covered about 18 miles today, which seemed positively lazy of us. Ha!
Snowshoe and Stubs
Map Miles: 17.4
Map Miles to Date: 115.6
iPhone Miles: 17.3
iPhone Miles to Date: 113.5
Steps to Date: 289,694
Flights Walked: 134
Flights to Date: 1,045