Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I headed to Pilot Mountain yesterday after work and decided to hike up the Grindstone Trail since I haven't done this one in several months. I parked in the campground and started the uphill hike. It's about 4.25 miles to the top and back. I had almost forgotten how rocky this trail is, but it was a great day as the humidity was a lot lower than it has been the last few weeks and also not as hot. The bugs were still pretty bad, but that's just part of hiking in the summer. It was a great hike and the picture is one I took at the top of the mountain. My next hike won't be until Friday because I have to work at the spa the next 3 nights. Thanks to all of you for your comments!
Total miles for July - 14.6 (25.4 to go)
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I had to work at the spa yesterday morning doing massage, and after I got off, instead of going for the hike I planned, I went home to help DH cut up and clean up debris from a tree that fell during a storm last week. I should have hiked because it would have been a lot easier and a lot more enjoyable. Anyway, I did get to hike some today. DH and I got in 4 miles at Pilot Mountain in spite of the heat and humidity. I keep hoping that the weather will improve at least a little, but I'll keep at it regardless of the temps and humidity.
Total miles for July - 10.4 (29.6 to go)
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Well, I'm trying to get my mountain miles in, but mother nature is not exactly cooperating. DH and I headed for Pilot Mountain yesterday after work, but by the time we got to the trailhead it was pouring rain and thundering and lightening. I can deal with the rain, but not the lightening. We waited it out for a while until the rain eased up and we could no longer hear thunder and set out on the trail. Unfortunately, it wasn't long before we could hear a new round of thunder approaching. So, it wasn't a very long hike (1 mile), but I sure got my heart rate up because I was trying to hurry back to the car. I'm hoping the weather will be better this evening when I get off work, but they're calling for storms every evening this week. Looks like I'll be doing a lot of hiking this weekend to catch up.
Total miles for July - 3.4 miles (36.6 more to go)
Monday, July 07, 2008
I recently read a blog from another SP member who set a personal challenge for the month of June. It was interesting reading her entries and seeing how she was doing toward reaching her goal, which she did. Reading and keeping up with this really motivated me, so I decided that I would set a new goal for myself. My personal challenge is to hike a total of 40 miles during the month of July. This cannot include walking at any of our local parks, but rather has to be mountain hiking up and down hills, so most of this will probably be at Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock. I started hiking more over the last few months, but after breaking a rib I slacked off for a while. Now it's time to begin serious preparation for my backpacking trip planned for next June.
I will update this blog every time I complete miles with the date and location. I hope to do more than 40, but I have to get in at least that much. At the end of this month, I'll decide what my goal for August will be. So, here I go.
2.4 miles - 07/05/08 - Pilot Mountain
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