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.
Rover Scout: “Service”
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!
Me in the cold where it had a different set of challenges than the summer heat.
Don Robinson State Park
Hike today at Don Robinson State Park. Second time on this trail, my first being right after the park first opened last year. But I’m out of shape from less hiking this past year so I had to take the cut out and do about 2 miles. Lots of scenic hills and Karst.
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
Don Robinson State Park
Hiked with fellow scouter, Mike.
The MLK50 Conference was great! Hiking Memphis was not the hike I planned. I ended up doing an unprepared hike (no pack or bag) across the city. My intended address was the north end of a road and I was on the south end of the identical address. Once I paid for expensive downtown parking (at least it wasn’t NYC or Chicago!) my mistake of being on the wrong end of town became glaring.
So I hoofed it a couple miles. When done I acknowledge that the hike wasn’t so bad. Urban terrain is tougher than trails sometimes. The persistence paid off. I got there in time but out of breath. Along the way I saw Beal Street. Was wonderful.
My buddy Mike and I hiking the easy on the feet loop trail at Robertsville State Park today. Quite cool and overcast, but really an ideal spring day to hike. Lack of heat made exertion literally no sweat.