Hall-frickin-lujah! I finally managed to escape the confines of my house in early November. Yes. It took me a month to write about it: judge all you want.
After months of being trapped indoors – with tiny little jaunts thrown in between for walking with Hiking Buddy after work – I finally got back out into the wilderness. The real one: Not the tree-lined street version.
For those of you not from the States, we here in good ‘ol ‘Merica (when did this become the ‘thing’ to say?) celebrated the 239th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps (10 November), which is particularly close to my heart as my dad served his country and his Corps for 30 years, and Veteran’s Day (11 November).
What better way to celebrate the service of our Veterans than by taking two of my work-favorites with me into the woods?
Sunday – 9 November:
1. Four of us – Ginger-Phil, Hiking Buddy, and Rocket – met up at Bull Run Marina’s parking lot (and holy crap, Hiking Buddy beat me!)
2. We found a lean-to out in the woods on our trek.
2.a. When taking gingers out into the woods, it is imperative not to give them the tools to make fire, otherwise they’ll try.
3. I haven’t been on a hill or out hiking, let alone in a gym, in close to 5 months.
3.a. Naturally, we decided to walk out to Wolf Run Shoals giving us approximately 5-6 miles total of trekking.
3.b. See point 3.
4. “Don’t go in there!” – that phrase you hear when you’re looking at that creepy building.
4.a. I didn’t go in.
5. Sometime late last year on my first trip out to Bull Run Marina (closer to Wolf Shoals), we realized the trail we were walking was part of the Washington-Rochambeau Wagon Route. Nothing quite like knowing you’re walking along a trail that helped shape the country you live in.
Tuesday – 11 November:
On Veteran’s Day, Jank and I met up with Ginger-Phil at his pad to carpool up to the C&O Canal in Potomac, Maryland (aka: the Maryland side of Great Falls, Virginia)
Pretty simple scene:
1. Introduced Jank and Ginger-Phil to the fun and beautiful location of Maryland’s C&O Canal.
2. Scrambled the Billy Goat A Trail.
3. Ate lunch looking over the river.
4. Found a Yearling.
5. Finished scramble/hike.
6. Ate ice cream.