Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The 10 Mile Mark!

School is out for the summer, so I want to take advantage of the time that I have to get this training underway. My summer job and grad school classes will be here before I know it. Today was an outing by myself since others are working. I packed my backpack and headed to see how many miles I could tackle.

My pack was about 2 pounds. I know that some of you are thinking "big deal"; but I don't normally go around with a heavy pack everywhere I go. This is going to take time to build myself up to a full pack's weight (who knows when that I will be because I am going to be spending about 99.9% of my time finishing grad school this summer). 

I was able to tackle about 10 miles!! I surprised myself!!

 There are various different trails that people can take in this state park, so I thought that it would be a great idea to try one I have never done before, the "blue" trail. Wouldn't call it a mistake, but it wasn't the smartest decision. Anyway....the "blue" trail has a VERY narrow walking path with all sorts of plants going onto the trail. I thought that it would be a good idea to keep my eyes pealed for snakes because we all know that they are everywhere in Alabama. There were countless times that I mistakenly taken this little critter for a snake:

It's silly I know, but they blend in with their surroundings and don't move until you're right up on them. Goodness! They scared the mess out of me about 7 times!! Then I thought I was just about back to my car when I realized I was on the wrong trail!!! I guess I should not have taken the "red" trail so far...Thankfully there was a "green" trail connector to take me to my car. I passed a group of people that probably thought that I was looking pretty rough. Well, by that point I just wanted to get to my car to go home.

SO much work to do if I am going to be walking/hiking at least twice what I did today with a full pack on. Got to get where I am not begging God to please help me make it to my car in one piece after 10 miles, ha ha ha. It'll hopefully happen....

Several times along my hiking adventure, I did take the opportunity to pray a little and admire God's creation. I did enjoy those parts very much!

Before calling it a day, I did notice a couple of things....first, I believe I was starting to get a blister. What?!? This CANNOT be happening! I am going to have to find out some ways to prevent these little buggers from getting on my feet. Secondly, my hands were so swollen. Normally that doesn't bother me, but I don't want them to be that way during my entire trip. I wonder if there is a way from preventing this from happening...Any suggestions????

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