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March 8th, 2005


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11:29 am - Sunday's Hike
Squish-Squish went the Mud. Crunch-Crunch went the ice. WhoooooWhooooo went the wind in the trees.

And through it all, we tromped, sloshed, slid, stomped, and laughed, ending up dirty, tired, and remarkably happy.

After spending Saturday night with a friend making numerous religious arguments over a bottle of whisky, I got up early and drove down to campus to pick up singingwren at the appointed hour. She hopped into the car, and we headed down to Tar Hollow State Park in a sort of roundabout way (somehow, I managed to miss the 270 exit from I-71).

We arrived in good time, though, and after a grueling 15-minute drive up ice-bound curvy roads, we managed to summit at the fire tower.

And then we left the car and ran away into the woods for four and a half hours and ten miles of trails.

For a while, we chatted as we headed downhill, but the first upward ascent shut both our mouths rather efficiently. We rambled along, occasionally commenting on good spots to pick blackberries or long gone adventures or the amazing beauty of the day.

Realities of the trail, of course, set in: I was dressed too warmly; the boots singingwren was wearing were causing too much friction; both of us were painfully out of shape. But with those realities came a more plesant one: we were alive and this is what we were born to do.

Her blisters worried me some, but she smiled through the pain and joked about it. We examined them briefly about midway, and I lamented my lack of dirty-foot fetish, as this would have provided an amazing oportunity to one so pursuaded.

We sat for a time atop the nameless hill on which I have communicated so often with the Gods. I hope they spoke to her as well, for they never fail to speak to me when I am there.

We arrived back at the fire tower for lunch and evaluated the 11 mile southern loop. No time, we decided. But next time, there would be.

Back to Columbus we drove, chatting and laughing and discussing dating failures and improperly placed hands. . . which nearly caught me a speeding ticket.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Fruitcakes", -JB

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From:chronarchy
Date:March 10th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
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Of course. There's a shorter hike of about 3 miles or so. But the North Loop of the Logan Trail is what it's all about.
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From:romandruid
Date:March 10th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
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[checking park map...]
That would be the boy scout trail? And the north loop is the part that goes around a sheep pasture, pine point, Pine Lake, etc? (looks like there's a smaller, "Ross Trail" to the NE of the lake that's within the north loop of the boy scout trail). And that loop is how long? Is it a trail that will have me huffing and puffing for all, most, or just a part of it? (based on what you know of my huff-puff at Clear Creek...)

Dang, I need new boots something awful.
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 10th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. The north loop is 10 miles, and pretty rugged.

The Ross Trail is about 3 or 3.5, and not so rugged. But not as nice, either.
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From:romandruid
Date:March 11th, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
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So... what's the huff/puff factor on a scale from 1-10 would you say?
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 11th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
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For me, it's about a 3, with 1 being the least huffing and puffing.

But there are some very steep climbs. Portions of it are closer to 8, but those portions don't last long.

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