So yesterday, I decided that today I would actually get my shit together and go on a real hike. The Reservoir Trail is 5.2 miles (and listed as "a moderate to difficult hike" for reasons I can't quite figure out). Last night, I went to REI and got Rocky a backpack, so he could carry his own water in, and his poop out. I made a list of what I needed, and dug my daypack (which smells vaguely and disturbingly of stale cat piss) out of my closet.
We left about 10:30 this morning, and I locked my iPod in the car. It was just us and nature. Rocky looked rather dashing in his backpack:
Rusti is apparently too small for a backpack, at least according to the sizes on the ones at REI, but she was also pretty cute.
The day was absolutely beautiful.
There were fiddleheads growing in the wild. I buy them at Whole Foods this time of year, but I'd never seen them growing in the wild. I think these were a little past their edible-ness prime, and I wouldn't have picked them anyway since we were on state land.
I ran into a few hikers and a handful of mountain bikers. We also saw a chipmunk, a few squirrels, a couple of woodpeckers, a bunch of robins, a hawk, and a tiny little painted turtle.
We stopped for lunch at a scummy little marshy pond thing. It was bigger than a mud puddle, but not big enough to be anything else, really. Rocky, my dog who crosses the road when he sees a sprinkler ahead, had a blast walking through the water and leaping and splashing everything in sight.
We stopped at this fern-covered rock so I could change my sweaty socks for dry ones.
If I continue to do this hiking thing, I'm going to need breathable hiking boots. Still, we hiked for 5-ish miles, and though we're all tired (the dogs have slept, smelling faintly of muddy swamp-water, since we got home except to eat), I didn't get any blisters or ticks or, so far as I know, poison ivy. What I did get in the woods was peace for the first time since sometime in December. It was the first time I've felt like things might be okay.
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