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Meditation Hike @ Umstead State Park (US-70/"Crabtre­e Creek" entrance)

I have shifted this hike out a week from July 14th to July 21st to better fit my schedule.  I'm hoping that this shift to one week later works with most of you.

This walk with have two parts - PART 1: walking the Pott's Branch Trail (medium loop, 1.25 miles, easy) and the Oak Rock Trail (small loop, 0.6 miles, easy) that finishes up back at the parking lot.  We'll take a shortcut between the two trails that will take off ~0.2 miles and provide a magical place to stop for 5-minutes of standing (or sitting) silence before we continue on.  On Pott's Branch we'll focus on here/now; on Oak Rock we'll shift into gratitudes.  When the end of the trail shifts to paved, we'll walk and talk the rest of the way in.  I rediscovered these trails recently, and they seem to be very Shangri-La and with a lot less foot traffic than the other Umstead trails. Plan on 1.25 - 1.5 hours for this part of the meditation hike.

PART 2: When we finish Pott's Branch and Oak Rock, you'll have several choices.  1) Declare your walk "done" and head out, 2) Take a spur off of Pott's Branch to Big Lake to sit for a while, or 3) continue on with hiking Sal's Branch Trail (large loop, 2.75 miles, moderate).  For those choosing Sal's Branch, plan on an additional 1.25 - 1.5 hours.  We'll be walking clockwise, with :40 minutes of silence (a good time to ponder a question or ask for guidance), a quick stop at the Visitor Center (water, stretching, bathrooms), then we'll walk and talk the :20 minutes back to Big Lake/parking.

Since we're in the hot of summer, please be prepared.  For this hike you'll need sturdy walking shoes (lots of mud), insect spray (lots of bugs), and water (lots of thirst).  We'll be walking rain or shine, unless there's thunder and lightning or torrential rain.

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  • Roberta

    It was good! I enjoyed the hike and the woods and the company. Thanks!

    July 21, 2013

  • Leslie G.

    A delightful day - trails, weather, temperature - for a meditation hike. Most everyone walked both parts of the hike enjoying the silence and the interludes of conversation. For anyone who tried to call my cell phone before the hike - there was little/no signal once in the woods (this is typical during the summer when the trees are fully leaved out). I was at such a point of peace when we finished the stretch of silence on Sal's Branch trail that my movement was totally effortless.

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I could not make it today

    July 21, 2013

  • Gurpreet

    Sorry to cancel the night before the hike, but I played in a tough tennis tournament today and then had an administrative meeting which didn't get done till almost 11 PM.

    July 20, 2013

  • Jen

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it after all. Hope I can join up on the next hike!

    July 19, 2013

  • Michele C.

    I am new to the area is there a contact number incase I get lost please

    July 14, 2013

    • Leslie G.

      Hum ... and I'm hoping that you got the emails that this hike has shifted to Sunday, July 21st.

      July 14, 2013

    • Michele C.

      Hi there could you send me your contact information again I can't find the email.
      Look forward to meeting you Sunday
      Peace,
      Michele

      July 18, 2013

  • Michele C.

    I am new to the area is there a contact number incase I get lost please

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have just learned I will be out of town. Looking forward to next time!

    June 14, 2013

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