There’s something powerful in the statement “I hiked part of the Appalachian Trail.” While I didn’t complete more than 8 or 9 miles, it’s still something to accomplish and helped me get the outdoorsy bug out of my system for a few weeks.
Being cooped up in the city can be tough at times, especially when it means being cooped up at a desk all day. But, then I realize that my office is right outside one of the greatest parts of the city – Central Park. I really should make use of that location more often.
But onto more important things. Like hiking the APPALACHIAN TRAIL! Yes, I said that already. The idea started with a friend of a friend who mentioned she was going hiking that weekend. Well yes please! I could use some fresh air and an excuse to exercise more.
The AT is a part of the Triple Crown of long distance hiking, which also includes the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Chances that I complete the Triple Crown or even the entire one of these trails like Wild are slim. But hey, I’ve hiked some!
The hike we decided to embark on was the Island Pond and Lemon Squeezer Loop (AT), lasting about 7.5 miles (~8.8 according to Laura’s watch, but that included the trip to/from the trailhead)
^^ just look at the leaves starting to transform into their fall hues. The center picture where you see a few people squeezing through the boulders is aptly named “Lemon Squeezer” and famous enough to make it in the title of the hike.
It was only about 8.8 but oodles of fun. Lucky for us there are plans in the works for another grand adventure this weekend! Just in time for the end of the warm summer days and the beginning of fall.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”
― John Muir