Why is it still freezing out?!?!?!?
On the first day of spring my area of Maryland got its one and only good snow storm of the year. And it wasn’t even all that great! But we did get a snow day out of it so I suppose it was acceptable. But the fact that it happened mid march….and now in early April it’s below freezing when I’m waking up….that is incredibly unacceptable in my book. Yes, when it’s 90 degrees and humid a month from now I will also complain about that!!
So today I went for a three mile walk around a local quarry with a friend around 8am. It was about 30 degrees and chilly but it was a gorgeous walk and it was great to catch up with my friend and hang out with her and her cute pup. Sadly my shin splints were crushing my soul for the first two miles. However, they usually adjust a couple miles into any walk or run and that’s exactly what they did today. So the third mile of our walk felt great and my legs were all warmed up for the hike I had planned for after the walk!
After leaving the quarry I headed over to local hiking trails at Soldier’s Delight Natural Environment Area. I’ve hiked here before but I decided to mix up my route this time and try a trail I’ve never done before. I parked at the visitor’s center and hiked northeast on the Serpentine trail until it hit the parking area on the road and then crossed the road and made a large loop combining the Dolfield, Red Run, and Choate Mine trails, circling back around again to the parking area and then back to the visitor’s center using the same route I came in on. All in all it came out to be about 3.6 miles. It was mostly flat but had a good bit of water and mud to hop around and some hills here and there.
I only saw one other person out on the trails which was great, having nature to yourself is always the best. I love seeing other people enjoy nature, especially kids, because I think it’s so important to get out into the woods….but man do I hate hearing other people when I’m out hiking!! I don’t wear headphones while I’m hiking because 1. I want to try and soak in the calming sounds of birds and wind and 2. I don’t want a murderer or bear to sneak attack me from behind!! Today when I passed the only other trail-goer I had my cell phone pre-dailed to 911…too cautious you say? Oh definitely, for sure, but I’d rather be safe than sorry later!!
So we’re 14 weeks into the year (HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE!? Wasn’t it just New Years Eve??!!). If I were averaging 3 miles a week I’d be at 42 miles hiked. I’m currently at 28.4 miles for the year, putting me 13.6 miles behind schedule. I’m realizing that if I want to make longer hikes a priority I have to schedule them in advance since they take up such a long chunk of the day between the drive to the hikes and then actually completing the hike. I’m going to work on pre-scheduling some longer hikes so that I can work on catching up to and passing my weekly goals so come winter I’m ahead of schedule!
Here are some pictures from today’s gorgeous hike!
Week 14, Goal: 42, Hiked: 28.4