I had to get out and I knew that it was windy and chilly. However I know that I could avoid most of the harsh cold winds while hiking on the Reserve. Most of the trails go up through forests and down through valleys as that is the lay of the land around here.
I learned my lesson a few years ago while trying the first attempt at completing the Trail Challenge.
Don't wait for perfect weather. That doesn't exist.
Don't wait for perfect conditions. --> See above.
Don't wait for others to arrange their schedules. That sounds harsh, however I have a bit more time and chances to go than other folks. I don't have family obligations since there are no family members left living in my geographical area. I have no children's schedules to work around.
Hubby is comfortable with taking a nap and binge watching TV as long as he has snacks available.
I announce my intentions and go for a couple of hours to refresh my brain.
To my surprise the first leg of the trail up the steep hill from Camp P didn't take very long. We arrived at Ma & Pa's trail faster than I expected. Charlie likes to set a fast pace and I get to keep up.
West Ridge and Ma & Pa's Trail
Charlie and I stop for a snack.
I was really surprised to be able to see it so clearly.