This is the North Country Trail as it traverses Moraine State park. This was the dry part.
So I didn't make the same mistakes this time I MADE BRAND NEW ONES HUZZAH.
The takeaways here are
Miles hiked: 11.4
Miles INTENDED TO HIKE: 5.7
I saw a birdie. Also deers.
Again with the mud
I had my first solo backpacking attempt this past weekend in the Lake Vesuvius area of Wayne National Forest in southern Ohio. It was raining steadily and I arrived at the trailhead late with only 2 hours to hike 4 miles to MAYBE a spot to camp (at least legally). It took me an hour to make one mile -- then I turned around and headed out.
I know I'm lacking in experience, so the thought of trying to find a suitable camp spot in the dark was the final straw.
So the lesson learned with this abject failure is that I cannot yet hike that far through mud. The positive is that I really don't mind the rain at all.
Of course, I didn't sleep in it. Or have to put wet clothes on the next morning. Jury might still be out.
THIS IS VESUVIUS!