I was hit TWICE by the nasty flu and was barely able to stay awake much less hike.
I decided enough was enough and I needed to make progress on my hiking goal so my also sick , daughter and I headed out to do the Deer Hill Trail. It’s long but relatively flat .
This is what 2 sick girls and a pitiful tea cup chi look like during the hike.
We needed to lay on the couch the rest of the day but we decided it was worth the effort. Check that off my map.
A few days later I talked Clutch into doing the Priest Draw/Howard loop, home of world class bouldering.
The only boulder climbers we saw were just lying on a rock slab tanning. But the limestone rock does want to make you climb. So I did. Sorta. The first trail was well-marked but abruptly ended at a wooden fence with no signage. So Clutch decides to bushwhack our way through the forest until we meet up with a trail looping back. Just when I thought we were in the middle of no where , we came upon this sign .
No doubt this was a trail. But if this was Darth were we just being led to the dark side ? Okay, his head his white so maybe it’s safe. We get on this trail and soon it disappears.. but look what was waiting for us..
Bless the souls who left the Carin for us.. we continue on until a steep ravine is in front of us.. but once again..
A market told us to carry on. And we did until this next sign
Whoever made these markers, bless you! We followed them until we ended back on the loop we started.
We hiked a little over 4 miles and I was a bit whiny but only had to nap for an hour when I got home.
New Years arrived and I was going to kill this flu inside me… once and for all! I convinced my neighbors to do the 2 mile trek on Sunset to get to the Brookbank Trail which took us to the Oldham Trail then to the Rocky Ridge Trail. Oh yeah!
Proof! Of course I had to stop to hold up some boulders and force some jerky and water down myself.
What a beautiful day for such a nice long hike that allowed me to check off 3 trails on my map! I didn’t even need a nap. I was still able to breathe and my coughing was almost gone!
2018 I’m ready for a healthy hiking goal achievement! The weather has been unseasonably warm so I’m able to crank out some hikes. I only have a few sections of the Arizona Trail left, and 3 more other hikes!! I’m so close I can almost taste it! It’s gonna taste like sweet success which will indubitably lead to a new hiking map !
Adventure awaits you!
Get outside and breathe fresh air and follow Darth markers to the path of healing.
See ya soon