Over the weekend Jay and I went camping in West Virginia. We got there Friday evening and after setting up camp we hiked to the top of Seneca Rocks to watch the sunset. We’d been to Seneca Rocks earlier in the summer, but it was no less spectacular the second time.
After watching the sunset we hiked back down, started a fire, and had dinner.
Saturday morning, after eating breakfast and packing our lunch, we drove to Dolly Sods for a long day hike.
We decided to do the North Hike, which is actually several trails patched together to form a 10.8 mile loop. The day started clear and cool and we happily set off.
It was a good hike that had some great views but it wasn’t without faults.
We knew before starting that there were no trail blazes but it turns out there are few markers either. This meant that on more than one occasion we got lost, headed down the wrong path, or took a trail that ended up not actually being a real trail. Ultimately this meant that instead of hiking 10.8 miles that day we hiked 12 miles. Another less-than-stellar aspect is some of the trails are extremely boggy. In fact, that might be using a generous term – they were muddy, smelly pits and as we picked our way across we got dirtier and smellier. Not usually a big deal but when you’re hot, tired, and one of you goes knees-deep into a smelly, muddy bog, it makes for a nasty last few miles… Of course the worst transgression from the hike was my own damn fault. For reasons I can’t even articulate, I left my sunscreen in the truck. Which meant I spent a good part of six hours in the sun. As a result my sunburn is so severe I want to lay in a tub of aloe.
So the moral of the story: WEAR SUNSCREEN. And be prepared to encounter some of the smelliest mud there is. Thank goodness for waterproof hiking shoes.