We were just going out to do a little "geocaching errand". Real quick, zoop zoop. Then back home.
We parked at one of the trailheads of the AT (Appalachian Trail). Right here happens to be the "Dover Oak" - it's the largest oak tree on the Appalachian Trail. We've seen it before, but I had DH take pics to show you. It's cool.
The Appalachian Trail runs through our area, and we've hiked many portions of it in NY and in CT. In case you don't know much about the AT (Appalachian Trail) here are a couple of links if you're interested: Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Wikipedia. Basically the trail runs from Maine to Georgia through beautiful mountains, field and forest. It's a very popular trail for day hiking or overnights or longer. The trail is marked with these distinctive white blazes. They are a familiar sight in our neck of the woods, ha ha. See it painted on the tree to the left of the trail?
Sometimes there are turns or intersections along the trail. In those instances they use a double blaze, with the upper blaze either to the left or right, indicating the direction you should go, like this:
Anyway, we quickly accomplished our "errand" and DD says she wants to hike on further. We didn't even bring our backpack (that has really important stuff you want to have along on a hike like a first aid kit, bug spray, rain ponchoes, etc.) and we only had two bottles of water, but we figured heck, it's a BEAUTIFUL day, we've never hiked further along this section, why not just go a little further. It was uphill, but I figured, eh, let's get to the top and enjoy the view and then we'll turn back.
(On a side note, a kinda bad thing was that DH had made us some delicious pancakes for breakfast, so we were kinda still full of pancakes at this point, and believe me, those pancakes were slowing us down. Hiking up a mountain on a full stomach is not exactly the ideal, but we soldiered on.)
A goodly portion of the trail was made up of planks because the area was a wetland. The thing I thought was kind of weird was that this was a rather steep hill, and I would not have expected a hilly area to be so wet. It was fun walking on the planks though.
So here's a picture from the top of the hill, although it doesn't really give you a good idea of how steep or high it was. (If you look in the distance at the mountain, there's a rocky area in the middle top. We've been up there before on that section of the AT, it's called Cat Rocks and there's an amazing view of the valley below.)
After enjoying the view DD says she wants to go on further.
Hmm. The trail ahead does look enticing. We do happen to know where the other end of this section of the AT comes out. Wonder how far that is...?
We decided to keep hiking.
To be continued...