We wanted a fairly quick and dry hike. Ginger didn’t want a repeat of Saturday’s wet and muddy trail.
We didn’t want anything too challenging either. And, we didn’t want to be out for too long. We decided to do a short and simple loop from the South Trail Head at Busiek. Short it was at 1.75 miles, though the 450′ of elevation descended and climbed had us breathless at times. Right now we just want to get back into the hiking habit and not try and do too much and end up with unnecessary injuries.
We were surprised to find ice both off and on the trail. The going was quite tricky in a couple of places with ice completely covering the trail. The melt water on top made it particularly slippery.
I’ve started giving my own names to places. Shoe Lace shelf – the spot where on more than one occasion I’ve had to take a seat and fix broken laces. Lightning Tree Ridge – where there’s a tree that has survived being struck by lightning, and finally Prickly Pear Glade – a glade where the trail is surrounded by prickly pear cacti. Whenever I see these prickly pears growing alongside the trail I am reminded of my mother. She collected and grew cacti as exotic pot plants for as long as I remember. I am sure seeing them growing in the wild would have given her a thrill.