Today was too perfect a day to waste- especially since we have the car back from the shop finally; 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.
After having fun Hiking with the group from Saturday we decided to go Hiking again today. Our goal was to find another new trail that we hadn’t tackled yet. Unfortunately the only other local option that we had was one that we couldn’t find the access point for. So instead we settled on a trail we had attempted last year while camping: Eagle View; the same trail we had taken on the camping expedition when the car broke down last year (due, ironically, to the same problem we just fixed with the other tire).
We cut our trail run short last time, however, because I was already exhausted from the heat and the stress. Having a tire literally snap off on you, spending 3 hours on the side of the road waiting for your tow truck, and then being cajoled into driving your friend’s vehicle for the weekend will do that to you, after all… Especially when Oklahoma heat is involved. But this time I was determined to make it a lot further than I did last time- and I succeeded in doing so!
Altogether, on this trip we hiked about 3.2 miles; I managed to make it all the way up to the 1.6 mile marker on the Clifside Path- starting from the trail head (before the Osage Cove camp entrance)- before having to turn back.
Because it’s still technically Winter despite having high temperatures for this time of year, everything was just as dead as it was at Ponca Lake on Saturday; dead, lifeless, and oh so very, very brown– none of which makes for a really interesting picture. But looking out over the cliffs and onto the lake was a sight worth making the trip for.
The most exciting part of the hike, though, was on our way back down to the car; my Husband and I are pretty slow Hikers. I have Chronic Fatigue and a number of joint issues that tend to slow me down even on a good day. But we also like to really look at the land we’re hiking on… Which, of course, means frequent breaks. On our way back down to the car were resting on some of the rocks at the split (where you have the option to go up the Cliffside or the Forest path) looking out over the water. Would you believe me if I said that we saw a younger Bald Eagle fly over us? Talk about a blessing! It was such a lovely sight to see, especially with the lake as it’s backdrop. After that, we were also lucky enough to find a few animal prints in the dirt as well.
Overall, I feel so elated and accomplished after this trip. I’ve never been able to hike that far before. But more than that, this trip makes 2 out of my 3 goal hikes this year; I honestly cannot believe that I have already completed 2 of them and it’s only January! That being said, next time we venture up to Osage Cove we’re going to take the Forest path instead. We’ve only ever taken the Cliffside trail when we’ve been up there, and we’re interested in seeing where the Forest trail leads.