The fog began to increase in intensity as we approached the parking lot at Carderock next to the Potomac river and the C&O canal. The temperature was below freezing as we bundled up and stepped out of the car and on to the trail. The sun began to rise into the sky through the trees behind us as we started our walk at a brisk pace, trying to get rid of the cold in our extremities. The fog began to lift slowly, creating a unique and somewhat surreal lighting over the still waters and in-between the trees. There was some kind of magic happening!
The sky had completely cleared up by the time we finished our walk and returned to the parking lot a couple of hours later.
Maybe it is a curse that I tend to take the subject matter of the WPCs very literally. I am not good at getting into a poetic frame of mind and coming up with something that may be a little more thoughtful and abstract. So here I go again..
Hiking, as opposed to walking on a flat trail, can require a lot of care depending on the terrain you are on. In spite of the care I take, I have had my share of minor incidents. Just yesterday, while hiking the trails and enjoying the Fall colors at the Catoctin Mountain Park in the northern section of Maryland, my shoe got stuck on a pointy vertical protrusion from a root in the middle of the trail. The front of the top of my trail running shoe literally got stuck and the shoe began to tear before I was able to stop my forward motion. Fortunately I was not going too fast. This happened soon after I had stepped on a rock that was deceptively slippery because of a light cover of moss. I managed to get a grip to stop a downward slid, while the camera which was hanging from my neck took a hit on to the rock. Fortunately nothing happened to the camera. I am still feeling the aftereffects of a fall that happened a few weeks ago while running on the trail in the park nearby. But that is life….
After some thought, this week’s challenge took me back to our Spring vacation in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The trails were quite challenging when compared to the ones closer to home. We also had some unexpected encounters with snow and ice on the trail during this trip. And then there were some folks who chose to take the path less traveled. One had to be careful!