Overnighter from route 653 trailhead to Grindle Ridge shelters on Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. 6.5 miles each way. Learned that the trail map icon for water means potable only, but there are actual pumps at the shelter sites that you can treat. I didn't realize this, so I was PRETTY THIRSTY BEING ALL CONSERVE-Y.
Trail is beautiful but a crap-ton of roots and rocks. And it would be nasty when it's really wet with all the sucking wet mud. 8/10 will hike again.
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!