It has been a beautiful day today, here in the Pacific Northwest. I have been dying to go hiking for a couple months now. Between being sick and being rainy and cold it just wasn’t conducive to going out.
I also wanted to continue working on breaking in my new hiking boots. I did pull out the insoles I had put in, and they did fit a lot better, but still need breaking in. Even though I covered up the blisters I got the other day really well, they are still sore, and I got another couple that aren’t so bad. Like I said in another post, I am learning where I need to put tape and such before I go hiking again, and I also want to let the blisters I have get better.
I haven’t been hiking in about 9 months, and I only went about three times last year, so I really haven’t been hiking regularly since the end of summer 2016.
I am trying to ease myself back into hiking and keep at it. My Goal when I was hiking was to try to get to where I could knock out these 2.5 – 5 mile hikes easy without needing to take breaks in the uphill portion. That is what I want to work toward again, especially since I never accomplished it the first time.
While I have no real goal to doing anything like hike the PCT or the AT, I definitely want to be able to take on longer and more challenging hikes with a bit more ease. Like I mentioned, I want to say in my last post, I definitely want to section hike through some of the PCT thorough the Sierras in Northern California.
Today I did about 2.75 miles at Cooper Mountain Nature Park, which is one of the local hiking spots in the area that I liveZ it is currently one of my favorites, especially since I am very much a beginner hiker. The trails are more maintained, which is nice. It’s nice since I haven’t hiked for a few months and I also have old injuries that like to rear their ugly head whenever I start any sort of exercise again. I am hoping that with time, and keeping at hiking, it won’t be so bad.
I also like Mt. Talbert. The trails are not as maintained as Cooper Mountain, but it is another good one for someone who is getting back into hiking and isn’t super difficult.
As a kid I hated hiking. As an adult and being able to go hiking on my own, at my own rate or with a good friend who also hiked at a similar rate, hiking became one of my favorite pass times. I love being outdoors, especially in the woods. What I didn’t know as a kid, was how much of a country girl I am (I was raised in the city), and how much accepting that fact would help me come into my own and be at peace with who I am.