Here's the blog I should've written yesterday, if time hadn't run out! Jetta & I began our cardio hike on the usual trail in the woods. We got to the end and continued on, going off trail into more rugged terrain, not well marked, as we haven't gone into this area very many times. Finally got to a point where we had hiked before, but had never ventured any further. It's all wilderness, totally unfamiliar to both of us. As I stood there, looking off to the right, it didn't look too terribly steep. More like a long ridge running across the top of a big hill. Ahem....took the plunge and decided we'd give it a try. After all, it didn't appear to be all that difficult, but the challenge would be to find our way back to the point of origination. As we hiked deeper into the woods, which is 15,000 acres of Brown Co. State Park, there appeared to be a very old depression in the ground, as if it was at one time an old trail. We followed it, but it was strewn with big branches, fallen trees, green briar & debris. Not easy hiking. We reached the top of another ridge, turned to the left and went on for a while. We were on high ground....when I looked down....lo & behold....there was a single track mountain bike trail!!!! Jackpot!!!!
We made our way down to the mountain bike trail, all nice & neat, clear of brush and great for hiking. Went to the left and on and on we went. It's the first time I've ever been on one of the trails established & maintained by the Nat'l Mtn. Bike Assn. in Brown Co. State Park. Anyone can see why these trails are rated as some of the absolute BEST in the US. It was GORGEOUS!!!! As we went on there were 2 places where the trail goes thru a creek. This time Jetta hit the jackpot!! Instant swimming holes!!! She loved it, got herself a drink & a fun swim. Then...we went further and saw a big lake ~ it was beautiful. The spring peepers were loud and happy for a nice warm day. We had hiked for just over an hour into the woods and onto the bike trail. This began around 5:15 pm. Time to head back as it was around 6:20 pm now.
When we came out of the unmarked woods onto the bike trail I knew I'd never find the point of entry without marking it with SOMETHING. I grabbed a branch and placed it cross-wise over another fallen branch. At the time, I thought the branch was BIG and I'd have no trouble seeing it. See where this is going?!?! We hiked back to the general area of entry onto the bike trail but couldn't find the marker. Walked well past it, entered the woods where I thought we came in...hiked around for a while in totally unmarked territory and knew we were in trouble, the sun was on the way down too. Found our way back to the bike trail to start over and scrutinize more closely to find my marker. Walked and walked in the general area, probably for 15 min. or more and FINALLY found the branch marker. Whew! Made it back up into the totally raw woods where we came in and made it back to familiar ground that we knew and made it home after after a big 2.5 hour odyssey of adventure & fun.
We'll begin doing this more often. That bike trail is the most fantastic journey into the wilderness, it's just so beautiful. Who knew anything like that existed within walking distance from my house?!?! Next time, I'll take some very loud colored surveyor's tape and tie a little bit of it here and there to mark our way so we don't get lost again. I did learn something from Hansel & Gretel!!! After a few weeks or a month we'll have trod an unmistakable path to the bike trail. Easy for us to see. No surprise as to where we'll hike today!!
Today's mileage: 9.40 miles
ST: core; upper body
A big thanks for stopping by today if you had time. Hope your Easter Monday or Dyngus Day is fantastic!!