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Pictures Of My 12 Mile Hike (Yes I'm Nuts For Hiking In The Heat)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

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!




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  • EVEY71
    Loved this blog......now it is sooo cold I expect you will be remembering it fondly, and the heat...LOL......love the scenery it is very lovely emoticon
    3541 days ago
  • BIGGIRL2082010
    Heh. Good hike - great reward! :)

    Cheers,
    Maya

    3682 days ago
  • DBLDELITES
    emoticon Totally awesome job! I thought about y'all's adventure so many times. I guess I was with you in spirit! Well okay, so as I walked yesterday morning AND this morning for possibly ONE mile.........I was thinking "OMG, and they did how many miles?????" lol I know, I know.........baby steps for me.

    I loved all the pictures! Thanks so much for sharing them. I'm thinking Jeany didn't want to have to carry a BIG pine cone back??? lol You had such beautiful scenery! It's great to see another part of the country! Absolutely beautiful! I'm glad ya'll had such a good time! Thanks again for sharing it all!

    P.S. I won't say a word about the.........ummmmmmm.......you know what at the end of the day. Just that it was well deserved! lol emoticon
    3682 days ago
  • SUNNYARIZONA
    WOW, this is great....but after my long hard hike yesterday, all I want to do today is VEG!!!!
    WHERE was this hike???? You don't say. I mean with that kind of heat, you have to be near Arizona???? or not... LOVED it. DO be sure to view my report from yesterday....in 2 segments!
    What are us older gals DOING at this time of our lives??!!
    Simply don't know HOW you did that without Nordic walking poles. They sure saved me yesterday!!!
    3682 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/19/2009 5:18:07 PM
  • TEEPHOTO
    Too cool. Sounds like you had a great time. The pictures are great. I can't imagine that camp toilet. Yuck. I would have headed for the trees too.
    3683 days ago
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