Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 10.4 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 938.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 1246 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 122092 feet

A much cooler day than expected but it was refreshing, and a jacket wasn’t needed.  I thought the clouds would burn off but they never did, and that just added to the mood.  I was just thankful to not have rain.

I’ve hiked this area many times before and really just wanted the solitude.  I was fortunate to not see a single person the entire day.  I was very quiet while walking and hoped to see some wildlife but that didn’t happen.

The flowers were beautiful and I spent some time trying to photograph them.  The Irises were already past peak so I didn’t spend much time on them.  However, the Foxglove and Daisies were in profusion.  There were also many other flowers, which I didn’t know the name of, but took pictures.

On my way back to the car I noticed that my back wasn’t hurting at all!  My SI joint, in the lower back, is usually painful at this point but I had NO pain whatsoever.  I have no idea what I did or didn’t do that resulted in this.  I did have a procedure yesterday, that I required anesthesia for, but I’m not sure how that would have helped.  No pain killers were taken in the past 24 hours, so that’s not it.  All I can say is that it made the quality of the hike so much better and I hope this experience continues, especially while I’m on the PCT!