Sunday, March 29, 2009

Scott Run Hike

Saturday after I came home from work and Delia was off to spend the night with her Grandma Constance, Keith and I set out on a little adventure. We decided to go for a hike and ended up at Coopers Rock. The park was closed, I guess it is still early in the season. So we parked at the Gates in the Day Use Area and set out on the trailhead closest to our car, which happened to be the Scott Run Trail.
According to the website, this is a moderately steep trail with an estimated walking time of 1 hour and 15 minutes. We made it last about 2 hours by trekking off into the woods to look at very large rocks. And that doesn't include getting back to the car, which took another hour. It was hell of fun.

This photo was taken rather early in the hike, and I didn't take very many photos afterward. First off, the light was wrong. The sky was overcast and there were absolutely no shadows. Second, we were having way too much fun booking it through the woods to mess around with the camera! There was also quite a bit of mud, which was fun once we started celebrating our waterproof hiking boots. I felt bad for the folks we met on the trail picking their way through very carefully in pristine white running shoes.

The trail came out at the campground entrance. So we were still almost 2 miles from our car. The Roadside Trail, which I believe is also a cross country ski trail in the wintertime, was level and even, a very easy walk. Would have been a great cool down if not for my husband's need to walk so fast! It's OK, I kept up. Wasn't even sore this morning.

Keith took this picture of what looked like a freshly busted tree. It was pretty impressive in person. I have no idea what happened to it. We saw tons of fallen trees in various stages of decomposition, but this one kinda stuck out because it looked new. I wondered if park rangers would come around and knock it the rest of the way down so it wouldn't fall on somebody.

It was so good to get out and move. We came home and had showers and NAPS, which are sweet, but especially so when your whole body feels like jell-o because you've recently kicked it's butt with an almost 3 hour long hike!

Refreshed, we headed off to Chris' Dungeon Basement where we played Dungeons & Dragons till 1:30 am. It was one of the best days I've had in a long time!

1 comment:

bnicholson said...

I have a hiker friend in CA that always hikes in white U.S. Keds, and they are never dirty. Can't figure out how she does it, but truly she never has any problem keeping them pristine! We always made fun of her of course!! We hid the wine in her backpack when she wasn't looking.