Friday, August 7, 2009

Trailblazing

My sister, Marge and I are starting to get ourselves better acquainted with the endless miles of forest trails we have going through our otherwise traffic-ridden island. We went to High Rock Park for the first time not too long ago and decided to head back out for an early hike this morning.


Not knowing much about hiking, I don't know if these symbols are familiar to you all, because I don't know if they're used in other places besides here. But they are the trail markers. The blue trail is one of the longest and we ventured down part of it today, working our way towards the small but pretty Walker Pond. Marge dipped her feet in and came out with paws full of mud.


Though nothing more than a mere stroll in the woods in comparison to some of the adventures other people go on, I think I can speak for all of us when I say we were quite pleased with the fact that we were able to navigate the trails without much difficulty. Everyone has to start somewhere.

I tried to get on the Yellow trail, which the Parks Department calls a "moderate-to-difficult" trail, but we seemed to reach a dead end at one point and could not continue. We followed all of the markers, but kept winding up at the same spot, surrounded by downed trees and lots of mud. The Yellow trail leads up to Moses' Mountain, the highest point in the Greenbelt, where we'd really like to go sometime soon. If only we could figure out how to get there!

Unsurprisingly, Marge appreciated being away from the sights and sounds of regular living and had a great time wandering through the park. We walked through the woods at ease, met by very few other individuals - only 2 or 3 (all men) - who Marge wasn't really shaken by. She did hear the sounds of the Boy Scout Camp in the distance near Lake Ohrbach when we decided to wander up that way, but since the goal of this trip was to stay away from everything and just take in nature, I didn't press the issue. We had already been there almost two hours, the temperature was climbing and we were all tired, so we packed up and headed home. She slept contentedly in the living room for a few hours afterward.

7 comments:

gyllendogs August 7, 2009 at 7:41 PM  

Looks like you had a nice hike. Glad you all enjoyed yourselves. Have a nice weekend...:)

Sue August 7, 2009 at 8:38 PM  

It looks lovely and a wonderful way to start the day.

I'd love to hear what you learned about Fort Wadsworth.

BRUTUS August 7, 2009 at 9:38 PM  

What a nice way to spend part of the day - out in nature with your best pal! Sometimes I wish Brutus was a little more of an outdoors dog - think I'd have to take along an ice-filled backpack to pop him in if he got too hot & tired!!
Have a great weekend!

Snorts-
Brutus the Frenchie

Martha Basset August 8, 2009 at 4:10 AM  

We have those trail markers in Scotland - they are painted onto wooden posts and like yours they depict the length and difficulty of the walk.
We love following trails through the forest - lots of great smells - our Dad always wants to leave the trail though so we then get lost which isn't so great!
love
Martha & Bailey xxx

Brownie August 8, 2009 at 12:45 PM  

what a great experience! We're so glad everything went well.

PoochesForPeace August 10, 2009 at 12:25 AM  

Fun! Good to hear Marge had a good time :)

Carolyn August 17, 2009 at 11:23 PM  

Yep, definitely trail markers. Here in Montana they just spray paint arrows on the ground - lol! By the end of the season you have to keep a keen eye out for what's left of them...(usually just a little mark on a random rock).

Looks like a great hike for sure! You don't see lily pads in the water like that around here!

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