This past Sunday was pretty gloomy, the forecast was calling for rain all day again! The difference between today and Saturday’s trip to French Creek State Park was the temperature. It was in the mid-60s! It’s hard to believe three days later it’s 25 degrees and there is snow on the ground. Snow and tons of ice. I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of running which, I’ll admit, this is not the best time of year to stay motivated to do that. I hate running on a treadmill almost as much as I hate the gym after January 1st. It’s so much more crowded and difficult to find a machine to workout on or a space in a class. I’m going to try my hardest to keep my #writeandrun31 pledge of 31 days of running for at least 20 minutes anyway, I just wish the temperature was similar to that particular January day instead of today’s particular January temperature. Okay, enough complaining about the weather here in Philly and back to Washington Avenue Green.
Last Saturday the forecast called for rain, and lots of it. I was determined to get out for my first hike of the new year so we decided to try our luck. The weather channel said the rain wouldn’t start until 11am so my friends and I decided to leave Philly around 7am to head out to French Creek State Park. We knew we wanted to get in at least an hour or so of hiking so we decided on the Mill Creek Trail, one of the routes listed as most difficult on the French Creek trail map (pdf download). We drove from the park office over to the east entrance parking lot. The trail is 6 miles long with some decent inclines and areas that were pretty rocky. Overall I would say the trail isn’t too challenging though and could definitely be done by someone who is not an avid hiker. The trees on the trail were bare from winter and also appeared to have fallen victim to fire. A good section of the trail had trees that were black and burned at the bottom and quite a few had fallen. The path was still relatively clear and easy to navigate though.
I can’t believe it’s 2015 already! I’m not big into resolutions but I do think it’s a nice way to look into entering a new year and setting goals for where I’d like to be. I hadn’t thought of any resolutions yet this year but 5 days into 2015 I think I decided what my goals for the year (or at least upcoming months) will be. Seeing the #writeandrun31 challenge couldn’t have come at a better time. This challenge along with attempting to hit 10,000 steps a day are my new