I am so absolutely elated. While the North East is gearing up for what’s supposed to be one of the worst blizzards in a while, the temperature here has been in the mid 60’s to high 70’s. Today was too perfect a day to waste, especially since we have the car back from the shop finally. As a result, we decided to go out hiking on our own after having fun Hiking with the group from Saturday.
We tried to find yet another new trail that we hadn’t been on before, but the only other option we had was one that we couldn’t find access to in the end. Instead we settled on a trail we had attempted last year while camping. Ironically, the Eagle View trail was the same trail we had taken during the camping expedition when the car broke down from the same problem we just fixed last week on the other tire.
Last time, however, I was already exhausted from the heat and our trail run was cut short. This time I was determined to make it a lot further, and I did! From the very beginning of the Eagle View trail before the Osage Cove camping grounds, I managed to make it all the way up to the 1.6 mile marker on the Clifside path before we had to turn back or risk not having enough energy to get back to the car. Total, we hiked about 3.2 miles altogether. I feel so elated and accomplished after this trip as I’ve never been able to hike that far before.
The most exciting part of the hike, though, was on our way back down the trail. My Husband and I were resting at the rocks where the trail splits and you have the option to go up the Cliffside or the Forest path, and we even saw a younger Bald Eagle fly over us. It was so lovely, and I was lucky enough to catch video of it.
This trip makes 2 out of my 3 goal hikes this year. I cannot believe that I have already completed 2 of them and it’s only January! Next time we’re going to take the Forest trail and see where that leads; we haven’t been on that one before and have only taken the Cliffside trail both times we have hiked the Eagle View trails.