It’s been a while since I have gone for a hike, so yesterday (Tuesday) I went for a short (somewhere in the ball park of 2 – 3 miles) hike at Silver Falls State Park.
There are several things I learned yesterday:
1. Start off with an easier hike when so out of shape
2. Pick a less popular spot in the summer, the tourists will stop right in front of you on a narrow path to take a picture and slow you down
3. Don’t go hiking on such a warm day (or go in the morning if I am visiting someplace with a warm to hot climate)
4. If I ever have kids, take them hiking from the time they are still being worn in a mobywrap type wrap (or at least a backpack carrier) so they will learn to love it from a young age and have fewer meltdowns on the trail.
5. Invest in a better pair of hiking boots
6. Finish knitting up my boot socks, as Hanes socks don’t stop blisters.
7. Wear as lightweight clothing as possible this time of year. Jeans are just too hot.
I do have to say that when I got away from where the bulk of the crowds were congregated, it was fairly quiet of human sounds, and the air smelled like being in the woods (which I was), and a bit like being at summer camp. The birds were chirping and you could hear the sounds of the creek flowing by as well as the sound of water going over the falls.
I feel like I may have gotten a little sun kissed, but not too bad. I thought about putting on sun block, then reminded myself that I could use the vitamin D. We don’t get enough of it this far north, especially for those like me, who prefer to hide out indoors when it is sunny and warm. I know sunburns aren’t good for your skin either, it doesn’t look like I really got burned, my arms just feel a little warm.
I could totally tell that my muscles aren’t used to hiking anymore, and that I will likely be sore in the morning. By part way through my legs were feeling like jelly.
Note to self: I need to go for more walks and easy hikes, before I really try tackling more of the moderate to difficult hikes and work up to them. That, ultimately is my goal, to be able to go on longer and more strenuous hikes. I want to have the stamina and endurance to be able to do the whole 8.7 mile trail of ten falls loop hike at Silver Falls State Park, and be able to do it easily in a few hours. It is a “moderate” difficulty hike with an elevation gain of 1,300 feet. That is my first “big hike” goal, from there I would love to consider doing other tougher hikes.
Oregon has so many hidden and not so hidden gems to be explored, that I could be kept busy for a while exploring what is in my own home state.