January 3, 2014 · 8:30 AM
Welcome to Morning Hikes in Barton Creek Greenbelt for 2014. We meet in Travis Country (South Austin) at my condo. Hike days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Start time is promptly at 8:30 am.
I hike or ride my mountain bike almost everyday, rain or shine, day and nite, on the same trails we will explore. Many of these trails are steep, rooty and rocky (“technical”). After a rain there may be standing water and mud. The rocks and roots will be slippery. Many of the trails are within the canopy and temperatures are somewhat cooler. Attendance is your acknowledgment of the potential risks.
Hikes last approximately 2 hours, in which time we may cover 5+ miles, depending on the group and trail conditions. If you lack hiking experience or have balance or health issues this group is not for you.
My goals are to have FUN and stay HEALTHY. It is not to set distance or climbing records. Health pros recommend at least one hour per day of a semi-vigorous exercise for long-term health and hiking is one of the best ways to meet that goal.
Proper preparation is essential. Eat breakfast - your body is an engine that needs fuel to perform. You must bring water (enough for your dog too), and consider a snack, hat, walking stick, sunscreen, bug spray and light-weight clothing that “wicks.” I wear water-proof hiking boots with light-weight wool socks for foot protection and stability. The joy of having a rewarding hiking experience comes from being well prepared and having the right equipment.
My dogs Boomer and Todd hike with me. They do not mountain bike. If you have a dog that can be off-leash by all means bring it. Leashed dogs are hazardous to you on technical trails and not permitted.
The boys and I hope Its Boomertime folks will continue to join us on our health quest of Austin’s great Barton Creek Greenbelt.
PS – Afterwards cold drinks and healthy snacks are available at my house. I have plenty of dry towels, if needed.