Training Continues with an Adventure in Northern California

Just 44 days until my AT adventure begins and I continue to prepare this no longer young body for the rigors of the Trail. Back at home in Oklahoma I did all I could do. I worked out, walked miles with a full pack, but it just didn’t quite feel right. I’m now in Northern California staying with my grandson while my daughter and her fiancé are in Europe. The hills around their house are perfect training for me, steep and long! Just 44 days until I don my Gossamer Gear Mariposa and stroll through Harpers Ferry towards Maryland. I had the great pleasure on last Sunday afternoon to go on a little hike with my 10 year old grandson. I had found a place called Redwood Regional Park not so very far from where we are. So we filled our water bottles and set out. The day was sunny enough, it was just a touch chilly, actually a perfect day for an adventure. Upon reaching the park we struck out from the Moon Gate! How cool is that? The moon gate! I had learned that the park had, some 100+ years ago been the home to one of the most spectacular stands of redwood trees in all of California. Two of the tress in that stand had become famous to sea captains sailing the waters of San Francisco Bay. Evidently the captains used these two massive trees, which could be seen from the distance of 16 miles, to navigate around Blossom Rock near Alcatraz Island. That stand of trees, except for one were all logged off and sent to newly erected saw mills to become lumber.  The area was replanted before the turn of the century so the trees that Cody and I hiked thru we’re  well over 100 years old. It’s a beautiful multi use park used by hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. I highly recommend it.

I’m enjoying watching videos of some of the early starters from Springer and their journeys through the harshness of winter across the peaks. I hope to meet many of you out on the trail as we share this great adventure. Until next time, Happy Trails.

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