Why Did It Take So Long?
I knew there was a trail starting just around the block. I don't know why it took us so long (years) to investigate and discover this wonderful series of trails only 10 minute walk from the house. Now I'm in heaven.
We've walked the trails 3 days in a row, starting at the challenging end not everyone knows about which starts with a steep walk up to the top of the hill. There is a development going in, so there is a paved road. Unfortunately they have cut down a lot of trees for the houses to go in, too many in my book. That said, there is a pretty view at the top now that you probably couldn't see before.
Lucan has been pretty happy about this discovery too.
This end of the trail starts out flat at the top of the hill and steeply winds its way down through the woods.
There are lots of twist and turns and ups and downs. It's a good workout this trail. It makes you use lots of different muscles. We've only passed a couple of mountain bikers so far and their dogs. Oh, and then yesterday this pretty german shepard girl found Lucan in the woods and I thought she looked familiar and then we heard ..."Garrett and Pam, is that you?". It was one of neighbors from the little lane across the street from our house.
This made me laugh. Out in the middle of the woods and we still run into someone we know.
She says she walks the trails most everday with Cleo, but always drives to the park up the road and starts at the opposite end from us. She didn't know you could walk down our street a bit and begin at the other end. It made her happy to know she didn't have to drive to walk on the trails anymore.
I'll have to try and get some better shots that really show how steep the trail is in sections. This spot is actually so steep it winds down the side of the hill in tight Ss.
Lucan has been doing pretty good considering he is 13. He's a panting fool by the end, but once we get home he recovers pretty quickly. Now that he knows he might meet his new galpal Cleo again, I'm sure he'll be raring to go. Wish I'd gotten a picture of our neighbor Mira, and Cleo and Lucan romping through the woods, but I was too busy swatting black flies who were swarming us when we stopped to talk. Luckily they didn't bother us otherwise.
The nice thing is that the trail is really a series of trails and when you hook up with the right one it dumps you back to the neighborhood. Gar loves it, I love it and the dog loves it.
This is a horrible picture, but in my own defense I am out walking in the woods, not dressed up for a cocktail party.
To top things off, once you get back to the neighboorhood, one of the neighbors has chickens and sells eggs. I brought my bag with me the other day and went home with 2 dozen free range fresh neighborhood eggs. This also makes me very happy.
Then it's just a short walk back to the house, so we don't need to mind for cars nearly as much as we used to on our 'pavement' walks.
One last shot. Yesterday, the neighborhood goat was out. He looking straight at me saying 'You lookin' at me? 'Cause if you're looking at me....'
Gar's off to the pharmacy. When he gets back, we're hitting the trail so we get a little time for us first. Then we'll come back and tackle the weekend to-do list.
Hope all is well in your corner of the world.
PS- fellow bloggers, what do you think of the new blogger set up? So far A-OK. Seems easy enough to use.