This is the Eastern Standard Time version of our infamous Tuesday evenings of pain and suffering on the trail, the old 'Hot and Sweaty' series. It's now too dark after work on weekdays for the rescue crews to be dragging the exhausted and the dying out of the woods on stretchers, so we have moved it to the daylight hours of Sunday. With winter closing in, I am calling it the 'Cold & Miserable' series.
Well it looks like we might have a little more to worry about now than just the wolves chasing us around. The Smithfield Land Trust (formerly The Folk of Durin, you know, that group run by all those unusually short people), well they have just issued a statement of caution to anyone visiting Wolf Hill (known as Erebor, or Lonely Mountain by the locals). Seems like there is some kind of strange geothermal activity going on up there -- unexplained ground tremors and sudden bursts of flames have been reported recently. Also there have been some unconfirmed sightings of a rather large and unusual bird flying around the area. We'll have to keep a eye open while we are hiking.
Here's the directions:
10:00 AM, sharp.
“Hey Mom, can I go outside and play?”
A couple of serious points:
-Hydrating well prior to hitting the trail and carrying additional water on the trail is a must. Bring lots of water!
-Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, keeping in mind that you will heat up quickly. Synthetic wicking and ventilating materials throughout every layer are best for keeping you dry while sweating. Avoid cotton! Wet clothing can cause hypothermia even above freezing. (Remember the name of the series?)
-Our trails are rough and loaded with toe-stubbing, ankle-twisting rocks and roots. Wear appropriate footwear! Also be prepared for seasonal trail conditions. There are often plenty of wet, muddy, and icy spots on some of our trail. This can make for slippery going. We will adjust our speed for safety in these areas.
-Lastly, please take a few minutes to check out the tabbed sections in the menu banner at the top of this page. There truly is some awfully good info in there, especially in the 'Pages' section, all intended to help you in becoming a wiser, safer, and happier hiker.
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