‘Outdoors | Hiking’ Posts(4)

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hike: stony man trail, shenandoah national park, virginia

Friday, 3 September 2010

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trail information:
Trailhead: 38.589168, -78.374405 (Google Maps); Length: 1.6 total miles; Elevation Gain: 320 feet; Trail Type: Loop; Skill Level: Easy.
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stony man mountain, shenandoah national park, virginia

sparklet:

0y 10m 21d

hike: piedmont/gap run trails, sky meadows state park, virginia

Monday, 23 August 2010

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damn, i’m out of shape.

i haven’t looked it up yet, but the 2 mile trail we just did had enough altitude gain that it might as well been the north face of mount everest, as least as far as my frail body/flabby midsection was concerned.

and, sparklet was unkind — providing very verbal feedback every 10 feet when her daddy/sherpa stopping to suck wind.

the big news of the morning came on the way back down, when we ran smack into a herd of cows — animals, i should point out, that didn’t seem to be having a problem with the altitude.

we ran into them right as we were coming over a blind rise, so by the time sparklet saw them they were maybe 10 feet away, and she was utterly confounded about how a whole pack of her friends from the petting zoo got up here (and how she got on the wrong side of the fence, i’d imagine).

after about 10 minutes of staring (with a competition between sparklet’s eyes and her mouth for which could be open the widest) we finally said goodbye to the cows and continued on.

sparklet wailed, until we turned back.

after 5 more minutes of staring (and waving, and giggling) we once again said goodbye to the cows and continued on.

sparklet wailed.

it wasn’t until three more rounds of this that the cows were far enough away that sparklet finally lost interest in her first official “wildlife” sighting.

and, being the out-of-shape/selfish nit that i am, the whole time i was wondering why we couldn’t have seen the cows on the way UP the mountain, when i could have used the excuse to stop.


trail information:

Trailhead: 38.992886,-77.967272 (Google Maps); Length: 2.1 total miles; Elevation Gain: 360 feet; Trail Type: Out-and-back; Skill Level: Moderate.

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sky meadows state park, delaplane, virginia

sparklet:

0y 10m 10d

hike: fox hollow, shenandoah national park, virginia

Thursday, 19 August 2010

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trail information:
Trailhead: 38.624113, -78.288574 (Google Maps); Length: 1.2 total miles; Elevation Gain: 310 feet; Trail Type: Loop; Skill Level: Easy.

sparklet:

0y 10m 6d

hike: tall poplar trail, patapsco valley state park, maryland

Friday, 9 July 2010

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trail information:
Trailhead: 39.357479, -76.887839 (Google Maps); Length: 1.4 total miles; Elevation Gain: 160 feet; Trail Type: Loop; Skill Level: Easy.

sparklet:

0y 8m 26d

hike: matildaville trail, great falls national park, va

Friday, 25 June 2010

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sparklet’s first hike. didn’t make it long (45 minutes) or far (definitely short of two miles) but it mostly worked. she hates wearing a hat, tho — that lasted all of about 30 seconds.

trail information:
Trailhead: 38.997516,-77.255065 (Google Maps); Length: 1.8 total miles; Elevation Gain: < 100 feet; Trail Type: Loop (Canal Trail, to Matildaville Trail, to Old Carriage Road); Skill Level: Easy.

sparklet:

0y 8m 12d

the next chapter

Monday, 12 October 2009

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[Susquehanna State Park, Havre de Grace, Maryland]
ECPA20091012_2439, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
i had the day off today (some kind of national holiday honoring the beginning of the end of Native American civilization) which conveniently doubled as one of my last chances for a solo hike in the near- to mid-future.

I’ve often joke with the lady sparkler that boys have it harded than girls getting ready for a baby. girls have a constantly growing reminder that something is about to change. boys just have longer-than-usual home improvement list, and the odd sensation that their wife is putting on a couple extra pounds.

not to mention, boys aren’t that good at sensing or reflecting anyway.

but, that’s why i’m at susquehanna state park. located about 30 miles north of baltimore, it has always been my favorite hike, and i’ve been so many times — half a dozen in the last decade — that it’s become a place for me to measure the passage of time, relationships and all sorts of personal milestones.

as our due date edges close and closer, it’s been dawning on me that somethings are about to change. I’ll no longer have the lady sparkler all to myself. I’ll probably be way more focused on other’s bodily functions than my own.

that being said, I will soon have a beautiful daughter to share beautiful places and beautiful afternoons just like this one. I’ll also have a dumptruck-sized load of perspective that I’m pretty sure I’ve lacked up til now.

but the beautiful hike has cleared my head, and even if there are a couple small things left to wrap up before sparklet arrives, I’m ready. I have a wonderful wife, we have a wonderful family, and are surrounded by wonderful friends.

I can’t think of a better world to bring our little sparklet into.

pregnant:

37w

hike: mirror lake, oregon

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

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IMG_7035, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
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hike: mirror lake, oregon

pregnant:

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pregnant:

-136w

hike: enchanted rock state park, texas

Thursday, 20 November 2008

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IMG_6080, originally uploaded by [ecpark].
after three days in austin for a non-profit technology conference, i headed for the hills today for a hike around enchanted rock state park near oxford, texas. it’s a giant monolith in the middle of the texas hill country, and completely unlike anything else around.

of course, when you are on a rock with no identifiable markings (you know, like a trail or something) one tends to get lost. but fortunately, one also tends to have a brand-spanking new iphone with gps integrated google maps to bail oneself out. again.

but i still added about two hours to my hike by unexpectedly coming down the backside of the mountain, but the sky was blue and the weather was freexzing cold (by texas standards) so no harm, no foul.

hike: cape henlopen, delaware

Monday, 6 October 2008

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cape henlopen state park, delaware