Don’t get me the wrong way, I love being a volunteer organizer and a hike leader for the Maryland Trail Dames. As part of that commitment, I spend hours scouring maps, reading about trails, researching everything from water sources to nearest hospitals. In addition, I recruit and train new hike leaders for our group. I throw myself into it and occasionally forget that I also need to hike for me!
Today was my day. I had a few hours so I headed to Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland. This being an impromptu sojourn, I threw a box of saltines, tub of hummus, and a bag of skittles in my bag and called it lunch. I also doused myself with bug spray. Ticks, bugs, just steer clear, okay?
Due to limited time, I decided to start at the visitor center, then hike to the falls and back, about 3.2 rolling miles. The woods welcomed me with shady coolness, spongy moist trail, and a lively bubbling brook. Ahhh yeah, this was gonna be awesome!
Deep breath, yes, that mulchy goodness smell! This is where it’s at. I love all you Dames, but this is the bomb! No prepping, no checking, no being a leader. Just me and the trail…and JEEEEEEEEZUSSSS, WTF IS THAT?
*furtive look around to make sure the guilty party is not lurking around*
I continued on, trying to un-see what I saw, just as you are trying to do right now. But you keep looking back at it don’t you?…DON’T YOU??? I mean, you just don’t see that everyday. Thankfully.
The rest of the hike was beautiful. Birdsong filled the air… possibly extra happy to be alive today. 😀 Oh, and I got to the falls before anyone else was there! I had them to myself for a whole 10 minutes before the throng of dogs, kids, moms, dads, young loves, and tourists got there.
I sat down and broke open my crackers and hummus, by myself, in the woods. So good. Hike on!