Hike Distance: 5.1 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 368.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 655 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 49045 feet
This is the first of what is likely to be many hikes on remote forest roads. Who knows how long this pandemic will last, or if we’ll even make it until a successful vaccine is available? All I know is that I’m scared of getting the Corona Virus, and therefore, very scared of coming in contact with people. It’s so early in the pandemic and the unknown is what worries us most. We thirst for real information but only find bits and pieces of data that leads to more questions. My wife and I are feeling isolated, alone and know we won’t be making contact with our children/grand-children for, probably a long time. At this point, the hikes are my only escape from this nightmare, and I need them if only to feel alive, and to grasp what little hope I can.
Yesterday it snowed at our home (200 feet above sea level), and I thought that I wouldn’t be able to get to the TH, but we were able to make it happen. The snow on the forest roads, and the sun in the sky, felt cleansing to my soul. I breathed in the fresh cold air and all was okay with the world, at least here and now. I noticed that nature isn’t burdened by the pandemic as we humans are. It feels free and natural out here, and I dread going back home to reality, where we keep a constant eye on the U.S pandemic statistics. These days I’m feeling very emotional, so don’t be surprised if this comes out in my trip reports.
We needed this hike, even though it was on a forest road. We saw no people today, as we’d hoped, and it felt wonderful. We are only beginning to appreciate the simple act of getting out on a short hike, and know that our ability to move around freely will only get more restricted. My wife is still recuperating from her knee surgery so we need to keep the hikes short, but she’s recovering very well!
I’m looking forward to our next hikes, just to get out of the house. Since we aren’t going to stores, or food shopping (deliveries only), the hikes are our only source of enjoyment outside of our home. We wish everyone a safe journey to the other side of this pandemic experience. Be safe and enjoy each day the best you can!