Yay! Finally got to hike the El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico. And I survived an earthquake at the same time.
I mentioned thrift and a good blade in a previous post. Obtained one right before the holidays because the price was right at lapg.com
Made in the USA!
I have since oiled the sheath and handle with boiled linseed oil.
Rated as “difficult” by St Louis County Parks and alltrails.com, I managed to get lost on the 12 miles of trails yesterday. Was a brief problem when I accidentally walked what I thought was the trail and it wasn’t. Ended up on private property but quickly back to the official trail.
As I noted before, this park connects to the back side of Castlewood State Park that is cut off by the Meramec River from the main portion of Castlewood. It then connects to the trail behind Lone Elk Park of St Louis County Parks.
Perhaps St. Louis County and the State could coordinate some trail ‘blazes’ to better mark the official trail? Would be helpful. Perhaps it is a future project for a Rover Scout.
At any rate, the only thing I had trouble persevering with was that it was too warm for Oct 1st. I had started early enough at 8:30 am so I managed not to get drenched with perspiration. All together I did about 6 miles.
I will return in a week when it is cooler and go a little further.
So, yeah, getting old. As the official summer wraps up I am concluding a couple of things.
One is the importance of keep moving about. If you stop moving, you don’t want to start up again. Newton was right, particularly as it applies to aging bodies in motion.
So despite my interest in carrying a larger pack and hiking a long distance it probably isn’t going to happen without a beast of burden. Or an ATV. I think I’m limited to about a 25 pound load.
Lastly, heat. Really do not do well in it anymore, especially if somewhat laborious. So temperatures above 90′ F are managed unlike when I was in my 20’s. At 52 you can do things in the heat, just not for a very long time. I discovered this in my early 40’s pouring cement in the back yard when I couldn’t take long breaks. It hasn’t improved with age.
So being older and a scout has its challenges. Go for the shaded trails!
It was slow.
It was hot.
Homes were rebuilt.
New building skills were acquired (I learned some masonry and rebar fabrication).
A modest hike occurred.
Insect bites were suffered (and continue to be).
Having mechanical and carpentry skills is good! The ability to serve the people of Puerto Rico was a blessing and honor.
Vaya con Dios