Today I went for a hike. First hike in 3 months, so needless to say I was a bit soft. The Skyline Trail lies within the Blue Hills Reservation south of Boston, just a 20-minute drive from our house in Jamaica Plain.
Blue blazes mark the Skyline Trail.
Snow on the ground, but blue blue skies.
A nice vista of downtown Boston atop one of the hills.
The temperature was in the teens, with the wind chill it was below zero. Thankfully, we did NOT experience these temps on the PCT.
It was great getting back out into the woods today. Emily couldn't come with me unfortunately due to work. She is very happy to have found herself a new job - at the New England Aquarium where I am also employed! We work in different buildings, and have different schedules, and are in completely different departments (Me: Fishes, Em: Communications), but do see each other on campus infrequently. So... that's why I went for a solo hike.
I found it very refreshing. I remembered what I liked about the Trail. The peace and quiet, being able to get lost in your own thoughts, the exercise, having tired muscles, the wind in my face. And even better, I had a car at the trailhead with a beer waiting for me, and enjoyed a hot shower when I got home - those were things we dreamed about while hiking the PCT.
A great day.