Hiking Hemlock Overlook

Today I was able to cross #28 – Go hiking off of my 101 in 1001 list. Chris and I went to Hemlock Overlook Regional Park based on one of the trails listed in the Hikes in the Washington Region book that I picked up at Eastern Mountain Sports last weekend. I honestly had never gone hiking “for real” before, wearing proper shoes and navigating a trail map. We had so much fun! I know it might sound a little crazy that we went in 37-degree weather, but it was perfect considering my main concern about hiking: bugs. I didn’t see one bug. We saw a few other hikers though, so it wasn’t so crazy that we were out there. The trail was rated as moderately difficult, and I feel like I did really well with the 3.3 miles of it (I only tripped a few dozen times). I commented on how muddy it was (see post title) and Chris said I was probably the only person there today that said that. I’m a beginner at this outdoorsy stuff! I get the appeal of it though – it was so peaceful and nice to be disconnected for a while, and the fresh air was good for me. I only brought the little point-and-shoot camera along since my main purpose was to watch my footing, but we did take a few pictures:

My fearless guide:


The expert and the newbie (I feel like I look wide-eyed in surprise or shock or something):


It may have been cold, but it was a gorgeous day.


My cute new hiking shoes before they got muddy (I’m proud of getting them muddy!):


Chris exploring a creepy Blair Witch-like structure. Actually, it’s the remains of Virginia’s first hydroelectric plant.


And a nice little message on a building back near the parking lot as we were leaving:



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  • Jaci ClarkDecember 14, 2008 - 1:55 am

    YAY! WTG! Not sure I could have done 3.3 miles in 37 degree weather. And you look so cute in all your “real” hiking gear. Congrats!


  • amieDecember 14, 2008 - 6:31 pm

    Eek, it was cold yesterday! Looks like you had fun! Congrats on crossing off items on your list—I need to do one of those :)

  • emilDecember 16, 2008 - 1:24 am

    what an adventure… love it! you’re so beautiful susan!

  • Sarah HodzicDecember 16, 2008 - 9:23 am

    Ok, could you be cuter???
    If you guys ever want to go for a hike at Sky Meadows, Joe and I would love to go! 😀

  • Eileen BroderickDecember 17, 2008 - 11:41 pm

    Bravo! You really are the cutest. I love your commentary and your pics! When I read about all of the stuff you cross off your list I just feel like a total failure! LOL.

  • Eileen BroderickDecember 17, 2008 - 11:41 pm

    P.S. I totally thought “Blair Witch” before I even read it!

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