Since I’m always trying to be the as zen as possible I decided to take up hiking. I really needed to do something where I could get away and not be distracted. Hiking is ideal for someone like me because I am able to meditate and clear my thoughts while getting in a workout – physical and mental workout in one. I also wanted to start hiking because I found myself scrolling through Instagram drooling and getting a little jealous of all the amazing scenery on other’s timeline. There are so many spots around where I live so I had no excuse to not get out there myself.
Last month I headed to Guinness Clay Quarry Loop. Before my hike, I checked out the All Trails App just to know what to expect. The trail was marked as Moderate and for as much hiking experience I have (none), I would say it was an accurate description. When you first start off it is fairly easy but pretty soon the trail becomes tricky. There were a few parts where I had to hold on to trees to maneuver myself and the path was a little uneven.
It took me about 1.5 hours to complete. Mainly because I was stopping to take photos. Also, I was keeping my eye out for gators. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any.
Despite getting several mosquito bites (including one right in the middle of the forehead) and losing several fights with spider webs, it was one of the best days I have had in a long time. I found myself getting excited with each new part of the trail, wondering what was coming next. Now that the weather has cooled (somewhat) and the bugs are starting to die (really, I should not be getting mosquito bites this late in the year), I want to head back. Maybe this time I’ll see a gator.