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Meditation Hike @ Historic Yates Mill County Park

This park is south of the I-440 beltline that goes around Raleigh.  Take the Lake Wheeler exit off of the beltline (exit #297), go south on Lake Wheeler Road for ~ 2.8 miles.  The entrance is on the right side - be looking for it cause just after you see the sign you'll be turning into the park.

We first hiked this park in January 2013 - so perhaps this is the start of an annual tradition ... we had gorgeous warm sunshine then and I'm hoping for a repeat as well.

We'll be walking on 3 interconnected trails - starting off on the Millpond Trail that skirts around the lake, connecting up with the Creekside Trail that is an out-and-back trail (with a small loop at the end) that shifts into marsh grasses and farm land vistas, switching onto the High Ridge Trail that overlooks the marsh on one side and the lake on the other, then finishing up back on the Millpond Trail to reach the parking lot.  Overall, the walk will be about 4 - 4.5 miles, on naturals surfaces that are fairly even and with minimal tree roots.  Plan on ~ 2 hours for the hike with time to journal, sit (there are some great places to plop down and look around) and talk at the end.  Will talk and walk until we get to the mill site, shift into silence for the most of the walk, then hold the silence until we reach the mill site once again.


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  • Leslie G.

    What a wonderfully sunny and warm day to be out on the trails! We skipped the Creekside Trail, but swapped it out for standing meditation on the back boardwalk with all of its marshy views and noises. Finishing up, several baby ducks (do they have their seasons mixed up?) were diving under the water for nourishment ... great metaphor.

    1 · January 12, 2014

    • Tina

      Thanks for organizing! It was great. I will join you anytime!

      January 12, 2014

  • Leslie G.

    Looks like Mother Nature is giving us a wonderful nod for the day - warm temps and sunshine. Please wear sturdy hiking boots if you can ... with the recent rains it will be a bit mucky (we'll decide tomorrow if the Creekside Trail is walkable - if not, we'll spend some time standing in silence on the back boardwalk).

    January 11, 2014

  • Gurpreet

    New tennis team practice, I have to cancel, sorry. Have a great hike!

    January 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have plans already for that day.

    December 28, 2013

  • jude v.

    What a wonderful way to start the new year. Looking forward to meeting you all then walking in beauty and silence together.

    December 5, 2013

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