This past Saturday I participated in the hike in the second largest State Park in California – Henry Coe SP. Under the fearless leadership of Mr Viyasan we did grueling 20.9 miles with rather insane elevation again. The plan was actually more ambitios than that – he wanted to traverse the park from Hunting Hollow entrance to entrance on the other side (don’t remember the name) with the total milage of 25 or so miles. A marathon.
Well, as it always happents, the reality was a bit different from the plan. The day was first cold then hot then windy. People were struggling. I actually brought a backpack to train for Wrangell trip. The terrain was brutal – no switchbacks. Going up was fine, but going down was a torture. People were cramping also. And we run out of time. So at the end the trip was cut short.
But at the end the trip was great.
- I met many people whom I haven’t seen in a while. Like Jenny, who can still, even with injured knee, kick some.
- It wasn’t very hot, which I was afraid of.
- And hopefully I have gotten good training out of it. 🙂
- Almost forget – I almost stomped this beauty – California kingsnake. It was coiling in the grass when we were walking. I got a bit scared. Not from the snake, but actually from almost stepping stepping on it with my heavy boots. There is no need to kill such a marvelous creature (besides it is not dangerous). This was pretty much the highlight of the hike.