A week ago, we got our first big snowfall of the winter. I took wonderful pictures, enjoyed having Steve home on the snow day, and loved every minute of it.
This past weekend, it was in the 70s. Steve and I decided to do a bigger hike than our usual 2 miles or so–we found a trail in Oconee State Park that would be almost 4.5 miles round-trip. Since I’m the slower one, I set the pace, and I did a pretty awesome job if I do say so myself. I’m not exactly the most fit person in the world.
We made it to the top of Tamassee Knob and had a wonderful picnic lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, raisins, and an apple, and headed back.
About half a mile before the end of the trail, there was a split to go to Hidden Falls. “We still feel pretty good,” we told each other. “Let’s try it.”
So off we went. It was a much easier hike than Tamassee Knob. There was no steep fall-off on one side of the trail and it was mostly flat. But by the time we finally made it to Hidden Falls, we expected the stream to steam when we took off our shoes and socks and soaked our feet. It seemed like we’d been hiking forever!
Although the falls were down to not much more than a trickle, it was still gorgeous.
Later, we found out we’d hiked 5.5 miles by that point, and it was another 2.5 back to the car for a total 8-mile hike.
I’m still sore, but it was definitely worth it.