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Monday, July 28, 2008

DH and I went to Pilot Mountain yesterday. Because it was getting late in the evening, we didn't have a lot of time to hike before dark, so he dropped me off at the Grindstone Trail to let me hike to the other end where he would pick me up. It was extremely humid (of course, this is July in North Carolina), but not quite as hot as it has been. About halfway through the trail, I scared 2 deers who ran accross the trail in front of me. One immediately ran uphill and hid, but the other stopped a short way off the trail and turned her head back to watch me pass. I was really surprised because they usually bolt away so that I just get a quick glance, but this one seemed a little more curious. I stopped and started talking to her while I took my camera off my pack belt. I took the above picture of her looking back at me. Okay, it's not a great picture, but I tried to use the zoom on my small point and shoot without my glasses on, so I was happy to even get this. Anyway, the one way trip on the Grindstone added another 2.1 miles to go total. I'm hoping to get back up there after work this evening and finish the last 3 miles!

Total miles for July - 37 (3 miles to go)

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4ME1981 7/28/2008 3:54PM

  Awesome! It looks like you are able to hike some beautiful trails. I am moving to Colorado in a couple weeks so I look foward to increasing my hiking. I love that you have goals for the miles you hike per month. Maybe once I get in shape I will try to have a hiking competition with you. emoticon

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CJROMB 7/28/2008 10:01AM

    You are SERIOUSLY getting after the miles. I would love to take a walk in the woods with ya. It looks mentally refreshing. :)

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RAVON27 7/28/2008 8:29AM

    Very nice picture. She felt you were there all the time so you must belong like she does LOL!

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Hiking and REI in One Day - WOO HOO

Saturday, July 26, 2008

What a day this has been! Up at 5:00 this morning. I actually intended to get up at 6:30 but Thor (my done) had other plans and decided I'd slept long enough at 5:00. So, I got up and started getting my stuff together to hike the Corridor Trail. It was raining when I first go up, but thankfully it cleared off by the time we headed out. Tommy decided he was hiking the Corridor Trail with me today. I believe I mentioned before that he usually refuses to do hikes over a couple of miles, so I was surprised that he decided to go, but I was happy to have him along. We didn't get started as early as we wanted, but were on the trail at 8:40 Am. He did pretty well until the last 2 miles and then he began to complain that his feet was hurting and he was tired (the picture is him taking a break and drinking some Gatorade toward the end of the hike). Even so, he didn't complain too much and we finished the 6.6 miles in just under 3 hours. I probably hurried him a little more than I should have, but my best friend was returning from her vacation today and I promised to pick her up at the airport.

After hiking I went home and showered and went and picked up Alice. Since we were already in Greensboro, we drove on over to REI and did a little shopping. I was in desperate need of a new hydration bladder for my daypack since my other one is old and about worn out. I bought a 3 liter Camelbak bladder and 2 new hiking shirts. What fun! Finally got back home about 7:00 p.m. tonight. I'm tired, but I feel good. I'm hoping to get a short hike in tomorrow. I think I just might make those 40 miles this month.

Total miles for July is 34.9 (5.1 miles to go)

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KAYOTIC 7/29/2008 10:53PM

    I must be REI's best customer! Glad you joined the club, and had such a nice hike, and what a goal, 40 hiking miles in a month! Great job!

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CJROMB 7/28/2008 12:00AM

    OMG! You're going to make it! Way to go getting all those miles in. That's truly amazing. I love coming to your page and seeing all the beautiful colors and hearing how you're doing, too.

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DHARMA1961 7/27/2008 2:43PM

    I love when we can get excited about a new bladder!!!LOL. emoticon

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RAVON27 7/26/2008 9:28PM

    emoticonThat's really funny, I hadn't heard about REI until the other day when I was looking for a "KleanKanteen". I went to REI and ended up buying my bike there. I really liked the store. Great job on the hiking and getting Tommy to finish with you. emoticon

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11.7 Miles to Go

Friday, July 25, 2008

What a week this has been! I had to work at the spa Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night after getting off work from my main job. It didn't leave much time for hiking, but I did get in a quick hike Monday evening and Tommy and I went and hiked a little this evening. If it wasn't for Pilot Mountain, I'd never get my miles in. Anyway, Monday evening I went up and hiked Grassy Ridge Trail adding 3 miles for the month. The heat and humidity was the worst I've hiked in this month, but at least it was mostly shady. The picture is from an old tobacco barn (or at least I think that's what it is) that's along the trail. This evening Tommy went with me and we hiked the Jomeokee Trail loop (twice) and then when we finished that he headed back to car and I headed down the short but steep Sassafras Trail to add another 1/2 mile bringing my total for today to 2.1 miles. Tomorrow morning we're getting up early and Tommy says he's going to hike the Corridor Trail with me (the 6.6 mile trail I did last weekend). I also plan to hike Sunday and Monday. Time's running out, but I'm determined to get those 40 miles in!

Monday - 3 miles; Today - 2.1 miles = 5.1 additional miles
Total miles for July 28.3 miles (11.7 miles to go)

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RAVON27 7/25/2008 8:03PM

    WOW you're a hiking machine. You can do it! emoticon

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Corridor Trail

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Since my last entry, I worked the next two nights at the spa so I didn't get a chance to do any hiking. After getting off work from my day job (in a law office) on Friday, DH and I took off to Pilot Mountain to do a quick hike. I was going to meet my friend Emily Saturday morning to hike the 6.6 mile Corridor Trail from Pilot Mountain to the Yadkin River. This is the only trail in that area I haven't done so Tommy and I decided to hike a portion of it that evening. We parked at the Yadkin River end of the trail and began hiking up the trail, but only hiked about a mile in and then turned around and hiked back to the car (Tommy doesn't like to hike far), but at least I got in 2 more miles. Yesterday morning I picked up Emily and then we met Tommy again at the Yadkin River end of the trail. I parked my car there and Tommy drove us to the start of the trail at Pilot Mountain and dropped us off so we could hike back to my car. It was a wonderful trail with enough up and down hills to get your heart rate up, but without all the ankle twisting rocks like are on a lot of the other trails in the area. We moved along at a nice pace and finished it in just under three hours. I'm looking forward to doing this trail a lot more when the weather cools down and the bugs are gone. Anyway, I added 8.6 miles to my total over the last two days and DH and I will go do a shorter hike this evening.

Total miles for July - 23.2 (16.8 to go)

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FEAR-OF-30 7/20/2008 8:59AM

    You live in such a beautiful area. i'm jealous! I really am. I need a good hike!

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RAVON27 7/20/2008 8:23AM

    I love seeing the pictures of where you've hiked and hearing your stories. Thanks so much for sharing. You're doing a great job with your hiking challenge.

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Grindstone Trail

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)

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CALGALFOX 7/15/2008 2:20PM

    Gorgeous! Great picture too. Bugs are part of summer hiking...an unfortunate, but necessary evil. Glad to see you're getting some nice hikes in.

Take care,


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RAVON27 7/15/2008 8:26AM

    Beautiful picture. emoticonfor sharing with us!

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