This past Sunday I agreed to go on a 7+ mile hike with my youngest son. I figured with me walking on the treadmill for an hour a day and walking the dog, I would be prepared for this hike. I also figured it would take us about 3 hours max. It took us 5.5 hours…not what I expected.
I was SO WRONG!!! After about 2.5 to 3 miles, fatigue set in. I had to take frequent rest breaks. I had episodes of shortness of breath which I attributed to the heat and humidity. I drank lots of water, but still felt wiped out for the remainder of the trail.
I did manage to finish, thanks to the patience and encouragement of my son. And, yes, I am going to do the trail again….when I am better prepared. I plan to utilize shorter trails until this coming fall when I will again attempt this trail.
I did manage to get some photos of our trek. There were places with standing water that we had to either walk through or find a way around. Part of the trail passes the beach and part is a savannah like area…grasses and pine trees and no shade. There were tons of tadpoles, baby toads and adult toads along the way. And, of course, way too many gnats, mosquitoes, and no see ’ems flying around, biting and sucking blood.
ETA: Pay careful attention to your clothing. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing. I wore jeans and a t-shirt. The t-shirt was fine, but after a couple of hours the jeans felt like they weighed a 100 pounds. And use an insect repellant and a sunscreen. I did have on my Tilly hat which protected my face and neck.