Sunday, November 11, 2012
I got to sleep in this morning and when I got up, my husband asked if I wanted to go find a 7 mile hiking trail we had seen while hiking last summer and I jumped at the chance! I really liked the trail and thought 7 miles sounded good today. So after breakfast (which was at 11:00 because I slept in and showered - DUMB to shower before a hike but I didn't think about it until AFTER I was in the shower) and got my snacks ready to go. Took some coffee and extra water since the drive was about 45 minutes and I could get my coffee in before the hike. Of course, my husband didn't bring any snacks for himself or my 8-year-old son, who wanted to go along. He's my youngest and the older two don't want to be bothered with anything that resembles exercises so we brought Paul with us.
We finally found the trail we wanted after stopping at the State Park Headquarters and getting a map of the area. Turns out the 7 mile trail I was thinking of was a NINE mile one and there was a 7.7 mile one across the street so we went over to the 7.7 mile trail. The set of trails we picked was also a mountain biking trail with the hikers going the opposite way of the bikers so we would see each other. The trail was really well marked for the bikers but not so well marked for the hikers and we almost got lost a couple of times. That was a little annoying and it was also a little annoying to have to dodge bikers on blind turns but we managed not to get into a collision.
The trail itself was AMAZING! It had a bunch of parts to it ranging from flat and sandy to hilly, rocky and full of twists and turns. It was definitely very interesting! The scenery was awesome even though the leaves are all gone but that actually made it easier to see the bikers coming. I'm sure it would have been beautiful color a month ago. The weather was nice and warm (around 65 degrees) but overcast and it rained a tiny bit a few times. We definitely did NOT think it would take us THREE HOURS to do! The time listed at the trailhead said 120 minutes! But I guess that's what we get for walking with an 8-year-old but he did AWESOME! He never complained once and lead the entire way. He rocked the trail even when we were getting tired and cranky at the end.
Of course, at about 5.5 miles or so, it started RAINING so luckily my husband had packed his rain jacket and I put that on. For those of you who don't know me - I HATE getting wet when I don't plan it. I almost drowned when I was 3 years old and I really hate being wet outside. So I get cranky. Luckily, I had some of my snacks so that helped. It got a bit muddy but we just kept walking to get to the end.
We finally got back to the trailhead and the parking lot was EMPTY. Most likely because of the rain. We were just glad we got back before it started getting dark since now it's getting dark here around 4:00-4:30 p.m.
We drove the rest of the way home and I was REALLY glad we had put ribs in the crockpot for dinner because all we had to do when we got home was thicken the sauce and make the noodles. It was yummy! And instead of having more than one helping I added a big side salad so I was pretty proud of myself for not overdoing it.
Anyway, that was my fun family Sunday experience. Hope everyone else had a great weekend!