Forest Road Hike

2021 Hike # ; 50

Hike Distance: 7.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 869 feet

Yearly Hike Distance: 402.3 miles

Yearly Elevation Gain: 48,451 feet

Yeah, it’s been a while. I will admit that we’ve slowed down a bit compared to previous years, and much has been happening in our lives. Hopefully, things will be getting back to some form of normalcy as early as this summer, and we actually have a sense that we’ll be able to rise out of this darkness!

We’ve planned a couple of “vacations”, which means anything away from our home. We’re ready to cancel, if necessary, but are looking forward to anything that isn’t a “Forest Road”! Haha We won’t be visiting any restaurants during these vacations, except for possibly take-outs, and will likely bring some food with us? We’ll also be bringing our masks and wearing them in public, unless the “All Clear!” is broadcast. Wishing you all better times ahead! 🙂

On to today’s hike. What can you say about this forest road? Well, not much different from the walking point of view. Although, there were a large number of downed trees that we needed to trim in order to get past them. On the other hand, this wasn’t a good hike for me (but my wife was okay). You see, somewhere about halfway through the hike I started to get horrible allergy symptoms.

You may say this isn’t a big deal, but for me I haven’t had significant allergy symptoms for a about two decades! I took allergy drops for about 4-5 years, about 25 years ago, and they worked well for me. Everything was fantastic until today, and then my body decided it didn’t like the deciduous tree pollen, and I mean in a big way. 😦 My eyes were swollen and my nose was running constantly. My handkerchiefs were saturated in minutes and I was basically wiping and blowing my nose with a wet towel. I had constant sneezing fits that were violent and wracked my body.

On the way back the rain intensified, along with a bout of hail, and it only made things worse. I was so grateful to get back to the car so I could use dry kleenex to blow my nose. As I sit here writing this report my allergy symptoms have abated, but I’m left with the fear of going back out hiking. I can see that in my future there will be further visits to the ENT doctor for another round of allergy drops, but only after the pandemic!

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