I have to admit it- I did not make it to the end of the trail. Nine people and six dogs started up the trail; then there were six people and four dogs. And finally there were three dogs and three people. Alas, I was not one of the final three people. The East Fork trail had a really easy grade, so that wasn’t the reason. Once the clouds lifted the humidity went down considerably, so I can’t blame that. Did I mention that my boots were new? Like that was a good excuse. The real truth is that I was tired. Even my toes were tired. And the reason I was tired? I have been spending way too much time in front of a computer and not nearly enough time out hiking!
There is a myriad of chances to get outdoors coming up in the next couple of weeks. On Saturday June 30, there are two Educational Series hikes planned. Brian Baxter is leading a classroom and field excursion into the wonderful world of wetlands. Sign up now; Brian still has room and he is eagerly awaiting the chance to pass on some of his vast knowledge to you. The hiking part will be short and moderate. Rachel Reckin’s archaeological hike is full.
The 4th of July is next week. Yikes! There are plenty of chances to march or to sit at a table to represent the Friends of Scotchman Peaks. Let’s get a great turnout! You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Then there are our trail projects coming up. The Star Peak trail rebuild starts Sunday, July 8 and continues July 20. You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to help. We might sweat a little and get a little dirty, but that is just part of the fun. If you just want to sit in the shade and supervise, well, there is room for that as well.
And that’s just in the next three weeks – there is much, much more on the horizon!
See you on the trail!