Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hike Number 4

Yesterday's hike was at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Wilderness?? Within 15 minutes of my home? Well, yes as a matter of fact there is a wilderness within 15 minutes of my home and let me tell you this hike kicked my butt.

It started out on a paved road that seemed to go straight up for what seemed like a very long way. The web site says the summit is about 2400 feet, can that be? I will admit to having to stop a number of times on the entire hike to catch my breath and wonder what in the world I was doing? What makes me think I can do this? My fellow hikers (I thank them very much) told me I was doing fine, in another month we would be coming back to this hike and I'd be in much better shape and it would not be as difficult. I hope they are right.

So, here is a shot of the fog holding back, this did not last long. At one point the fog rolled in and the wind picked up and I wondered if we would find our way back down the trail.

The rolling hills. They look so soft and welcoming. Yeah, right!

My mentor leading the way under a beautiful oak tree into the fog.

The rock formations were great. Wind blown caves and what seemed like windows had been blown into the rock. I kinda see a face in there, how about you.

OK, so they have told us how to prepare for a lot of things on the trails, but cows? What do you do for a stampeding cow or even a slowly moving cow?

Today my legs feel like lead, my knees are not really bending right and my feet hurt and I just dusted off the elliptical machine so I can try to start building some endurance and hike to find a cure.

Oh, and those of you that think hiking is just a walk in the park, think again.

1 comment:

Petra said...

Way to go, M! I wish I lived closer - I'd go with you. Although I don't have really ugly hiking boots so I'd better get on that small job first.

Keep up the great work!