Am I nuts? Going on a 12 mile hike in the middle of July? Am I crazy going on a 12 mile hike in the middle of a heat wave with temps well above 100 degrees? Yup, I'm nuts and proud of my accomplishment yesterday. I should say I'm proud of my SISTER and I yesterday when we hiked 12 miles at Bullards Bar Reservoir. Actually the heat wasn't too bad until the last couple of miles. We started out on the trail head at about 7:45 AM and we looked fresh and ready to hike.
The lake was beautiful and we had a view of the lake from most of the trail. Below is one of my favorite trail pictures that I took. It was hard to pick which pictures to post here for everyone to see because it seemed like the whole hike was beautiful.
I picked up one of the big pinecones laying around in a spot of the trail and I asked Jeany to take my picture with my giant pinecone.
A little while later Jeany said "Janey take a picture of me with MY pinecone." I was laughing a lot when I took her picture of HER pinecone.
We climbed down the embankment, I mean slid down the embankment, and took a 20 minute break after we had been walking about 2 hours and sat at the edge of the lake and had a snack. I had a banana and some cranberries, and then we continued on the trail just enjoying the view. It was six miles to the picnic area from the trail head and we stayed an hour relaxing in the shade and then it was time to start the 6 miles back.
Below is the area where we rested after lunch. We actually sat at a picnic table in the shade of pine trees when we ate lunch at the camping area we hiked to and then sat by the lake to relax.
The temperture was well into the 90's when we headed the 6 miles back and it really didn't feel that bad because we were in and out of the trees and it seemed comfortable enough. We were hot, but not sweating to death. At about the 10 mile mark the temps had really starting rising and we were in a lot more sun. It was even hot when we rested in the shade because there just wasn't any kind of breeze. It was about 104 at that point. I don't want to admit this, but I was hot and tired.
We really did enjoy the hike though, and I can't wait until our next long hike. I love the hiking and I love to take pictures and I love to scrapbook all my hiking pictures. Oh, and I was going to say that if you have ever used a portable toilet in a camp ground in 100 degree heat you will know why I went behind a bush on the trail. Oh my gosh! I used the toilet at the head of the trail and it was like an oven in there and stunk so bad and flies were all over, YUK!! .
OK, don't tell anybody, but this last picture was our reward after we got home and took a shower. Shhhhhh!