I walk quite a few 5Ks but have been wanting to hike with my hubby. Yesterday we went to Frozen Head State Park. I had picked out a moderate hike and in all it was going to be 5 miles. I thought – sure, why not. I learned an important lesson:
Walking and hiking – TOTALLY different.
I hurt in places I had forgotten about. Partly due to the altitude change – 1000 feet – so the first 2.4 miles were pretty much up hill. The ground was wet and slippery. Since I am naturally clumsy, it took extra effort to not fall flat on my face or butt. I did come close twice, but caught myself.
Uphill was definitely the worst. I needed quite a few short breaks. Downhill was FUN! We went down a different side of the mountain and it was less muddy and the sun was popping out (uphill had been mostly cloudy – thank goodness).
All in all, we did 4.93 miles. Took about 2.5 hours. Had a BLAST! Frozen Head State Park is beautiful. There is plenty for everyone to do and trails for all.