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)
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)
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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