Whipple Creek Regional Park Hike

Hike Distance: 7.6 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 185.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 1087 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 23654 feet

It was sunny, cold and late and I just wanted to get some hiking done today!  The usual long loop around the park with some added trails to up the distance.  The hike started out with some questionable person driving in and parking.  I just got a feeling this could end up bad, like with my car being broken into.  I headed out but stayed on a trail that gives visibility to the parking lot.  I then took a picture of the license plate just in case. Not a typical start to a hike.

Going on one of the side trails I noticed the immense amount of ivy growing up the trees. 😦  I decided to take my knife and cut the ivy completely around one tree.  It took about 25 minutes to do this, and I felt very good afterwards.  I’ll still need to come back with some loppers as some of the ivy branches were huge, and my small knife couldn’t cut through it.  I’ll be spending more time removing ivy from the trees on future hikes!  It was also nice to see some snow remaining in a few areas. 🙂

After working on ivy removal my back started feeling pretty bad.  I managed to modify my gait to make the remainder of the hike tolerable, but the pain was bad.  It’s so strange to have a great day on Sunday and then relapse after two days of rest.  This is my life now, and I’m working on improving things, but it’s tough not to get down.

I’m trying to concentrate on the long term plan, which includes three vacations this year, and four backpacking trips this summer.  In fact, I’ve received my PCT Section Hike permit just last week, so I’m hoping I can at least backpack another small portion.  I guess we’ll see how things go?

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