Sitting here in the house, riding out the wintry weather, doing a whole lot of nothing. What started as beautiful snow this morning has now turned into an icy mess. So, in order to feel productive, I’ve decided to share last weekend’s sojourn with Sidekick Pauli to Oregon Ridge .
One of my goals for 2018 was to hike a certain number of miles. A number, we will just call it x, since like a variable, it is currently in flux and will remain secret because my ACTUAL miles hiked in the month of January was a measly 38.3. *sigh*
BUT, I thought, let me go get a couple of easy miles over north of Baltimore at Oregon Ridge. AND, I thought, Sidekick Pauli can tag along since it would be a shorter hike.
Off we went! A new place!
Oregon Ridge Nature Center seemed easy to find, but I was just following the directions being barked at me by the voice of the Google Maps Goddess, so who knows. 😀
It was a beautiful, weird, winter day with temps climbing into the 60s. A great day to be out! Fun (and strange) fact: Oregon Ridge used to be a ski resort! Found this little gem on this blog.
Anyway, I pulled into the park and made my way up the hill. Cars to the left of me, SUVs to my right, stuck in the middle with a sinking feeling of no parking spots in my head. Ever the optimist, I plowed on. I descended the hill, almost to the Nature Center, “dead end, great I will have to turn arou….YESSSSSSSS!” A car pulled out, and I swung my RAV4 neatly into the newly opened gate to Narnia. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Sidekick Pauli voiced her impatience as I wrangled my pack, her water, my water, the leash…and SHAZAM! she was hooked up and we were headed around the lake on the aptly named “Lake Trail”. I broke all rules for “appropriate” hikes for Sidekick Pauli with this trail choice as there were a few brief, but steep, ups and downs before we crossed the power line clearing to follow the “Loggers Trail”. She was excited to be out and didn’t seem to have any trouble at all . The Loggers Trail climbed moderately along a level path through the woods. There were a few nice winter views through the trees. 🙂
Warm days in the winter give way to ______________ happiness? freedom? cure for cabin fever? Yes, yes, and yes, but also to…you guessed it… muddy, mucky trails! This was the case with the entire loop that we walked and by the time we headed down towards the Nature Center at the end of the loop, I was getting irritated with all the slipping and sliding! Exasperated, I stopped, pulled Sidekick Pauli in close for a mini-break off the trail. Scanning ahead, I saw pops of color in woods. What the heck?
That was the motivation I needed to keep walking down (sliding down) hill. Pauli needed lunch, so I let her eat in the car while I checked out the Nature Center. Then we ventured back uphill towards those colorful trees in what I now knew was called the Forest of Hope.
Incredible. Here’s to healing in the trees. Hike on.