The Start of Summer

March, April, May and June,

The end to which could not come to soon.

School is out and the summer is here,

I can get back to hiking without any fear.

I haven’t been blogging, and that is a shame,

The work piled up and I have no one to blame.

But now that it’s over and there is time to be had,

The blogging resumes and for this I am glad.

So as you now read this, please forget the bad rhymes,

The summer is here hopefully full of good times!

Please join me as I get back on the trail,

Blogging my hikes with pictures and tales….

The Catfish Loop Trail

“Hiking is a bit like life:

The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit.”

-Anonymous

“Remember to turn everything off once a week including your brain and walk somewhere quiet.”

-Anonymous

Today’s hike, located just across the street on Dennytown Road from the parking lot, was a decent one. It started on the Appalachian Trail and after 100 ft made a right turn onto the Catfish Loop Trail. Five miles of up, down and all around!

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Just cross the street to start the hike.

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The trail as it heads deeper into the woods.

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And deeper…

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The view to the left as I made my way down a hill.

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At the bottom of a hill.

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The trail went on like this for about 1.5 miles.

 

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A little scramble through this tight space.

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Almost at the end of the hike.

Stormville Flea Market

It’s Memorial Day weekend so once again it must be time for the Stormville Flea Market. Beautiful weather, lots of vendors and many, many people made the morning an enjoyable one. From the weird to the obscure, it’s all here!

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One of the parking fields at 7:00 am.

According to the vendor as well as a subsequent investigation on the internet, I found out that back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, this is how this company shipped the Photographic History of the Civil War.

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One of the rows before the crowds descended on Stormville.

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An antique baby stroller.

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Fist bump!

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The Fahnestock Special (in reverse)

“While you’ll feel compelled to charge forward it’s often a gentle step back that will reveal to you where you and what you truly seek.”
― Rasheed Ogunlaru

“How weird it was to drive streets I knew so well. What a different perspective.”

-Suzanne Vega

To change things up a little and get a new perspective on a hike that I’ve done many, many times, I reversed the route the route on the Fahnestock Special. For many years I have done this circular clockwise route in the same direction because it offers a hill that gives your legs, heart and mind a workout. The reverse route has a couple of very short climbs, but nothing like what is offered in the other direction.

Anyway, taking  a new way did make the hike seem a lot quicker than it usually is and I did get a much different perspective than what I am used to seeing.

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I had passed this tree just a couple of days earlier and did not see any mushrooms.

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A close up of one of the mushrooms.

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Wool Wins!

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Even though I have been hiking for a good part of my life (40 years), I have never considered wearing anything but cotton socks for my adventures. When the temperature started climbing earlier in the week and the usual hot spots reappeared, I figured that it might be time to try something new. For me the pattern is the same. As my feet sweat, they became soaked and it feels as though I am walking in a puddle of water. And this is when it isn’t raining!

As I could pretty much predict, as they became soaked from my sweat, they bunched up and it  just became very uncomfortable to hike.

So when I got home I did a little investigating, read several articles and ended up at Amazon looking for wool socks. Now I know that anyone reading this is probably thinking that I am a little late to the game on this one (and you’re right), but in the past I could never justify paying what they wanted for wool socks. What a mistake….

I settled on the MERIWOOl 3 pack Merino Wool Blend socks.

What an eye opener! Even as I slipped on them on for the first time yesterday, I knew that I had been missing something. Soft and comfortable, it literally felt like I was putting gloves on my feet. Yesterday’s 6 mile hike had rain, lots of sweat, and plenty of walking through wet grass and stepping in puddles, sometimes up to the top of my boot. I know that if I had been in my usual cotton socks, my feet would have been in agony. But they weren’t. These socks didn’t bunch up at the toes, really get wet from the rain, puddles or sweat and kept my feet comfortable the entire hike.

Needless to say I am now a believer. I will never, ever wear cotton socks hiking ever again. Ever…