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Meditation Hike @ Eno River State Park

Please note that this walk is starting :30 minutes earlier than usual (at 9:30AM) to fit into my schedule.  For this walk, we'll be on two trails (two interconnected loops) - Buckquarter Creek Trail (1.5 miles) and Holden Mill Trail (2.6 miles); and, we'll also take the spur out to the old mill site if the creek crossing is doable (~ 0.5 miles more) --- total distance of 4.6 miles.

This is my year to explore new trails - to get to know new areas and to see if they work for meditation walking (with trees, water and circular paths being my main criteria).  These two trails combined are as amazing and interesting - perhaps more so than the Company Mill Trail at Umstead which has always been one of my favorites ( a friend of mine calls this "the Company Mill Trail on steroids").

Half of the walk is higher up on a ridge and the other half is at river's edge with delightful outcroppings of rocks as part of the path as well as part of the view --- we'll interweave the ups and downs.  There are points that we will be "scurrying" across rocks and using rocks/trees as hand-holds to secure our footing ... all of which provides an "up close and personal" connection with nature; and, expect somewhat muddy trails as part of the experience (hiking boots recommended).  We'll be walking these trails as a figure-8 to shift in-and-out of trail/high-up and rock/river-edge experiences.  This walk has lots of up and downs (including some stairs, and steep inclines) and rock crossings.  The terrain itself will focus our attention to the here-now presence.  The first up section will be walk-and-talk; then we'll switch into silence for the remaining sections: river-edge, spur, upper-trail, and river-edge.  Plan on 2.5 hours for this walk (including a 5-minute standing mediation on one of the rock outcroppings).


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Leslie. I love taking pictures on hikes. It was so beautiful there. Glad to share the photos. Hope my shutterbugging didn't interfere too much. I always kept you guys in sight. ;o) I had a great time. Came home happily tired.

    March 18, 2014

  • Leslie G.

    Katherine - I just realized that you added some amazing photos for this hike ... what a wonderful surprise. I think that the essence of the hike was well captured.

    March 16, 2014

  • Elisabeth P.

    Thank you for the lovely hike! I am grateful you shared this morning with me!

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Leslie G.

    This was truly a here-and-now focused walk ... with each step needing thought to circumvent mud, reroute around small lakes, maneuver on stepping stones, and take in the terrain that was abuzz with rushing, powerful water (similar to ocean waves, but constant). We did the all of the trail, including the mill spur. A great group to walk with; and interesting to learn from Elizabeth that walking together in silence is big in Austria and other European countries.

    March 9, 2014

  • Gurpreet

    Just got done playing a tough match with my tennis team...between that and the 1-hour less of sleep, I'm going to have to cancel for the hike, sorry. Hope you all enjoy it.

    March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Leslie, I had a personal issue come up and had to go out of town so I'll miss the hike. Have a good time.

    March 8, 2014

  • Gurpreet

    Leslie, how much time do you guesstimate this hike will take?

    March 8, 2014

    • Gurpreet

      Oh, never mind, I see it at the bottom of the announcement, approx 2.5 hours.

      March 8, 2014

    • Leslie G.

      If we don't do the Holden Mill spur due to high water we'll be out ~ 2 hours.

      March 8, 2014

  • Leslie G.

    Let's see if I've got it right - winter during the work week and summer on the weekends? Anyhow, the temps and sun look to be great on Sunday; trails will be a bit mucky - hiking boots recommended. Depending on water level the Holden Mill spur may not be doable ... we'll decide when we get to the crossing.

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Roberta

    Sorry to have to miss this, but I have to go out of town for work.

    February 22, 2014

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