I’m blessed to live only a few miles from several parks. All of them have hiking trails. Today I hit the trails at Hartwood Acres.
I didn’t have a hiking buddy today as nobody showed an interest and Keith was working. He doesn’t like me to hit the wilderness alone, but I could not help myself today. It was about 30 degrees outside… brrr! The wind was wicked, but as long as I was in the woods it wasn’t that bad. Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer. Can’t wait to do this again! I didn’t have a map. Note to self: print a map! The nice thing about Allegheny County Parks is they have maps that you can access online and print for all the hiking trails. I found a trail marked with blue blazes and decided I’d follow those.
Unsure of where that might take me, I also tried the red blazes for a bit. Those led right to The Mansion. That was cool.
It’s such a beautiful building. Of course there is the Celebration of Lights going on every night up there this time of year. I had a sneak-peak of that, although there were only a few things lit mid-afternoon.
After being out for at least an hour, I ventured my way back to the blue blazes and followed those past where I originally found them. Back beyond the open dog run and down the road behind the theatre, I eventually found a posting of the trail map. I followed trail #1 for a bit, then trail #2 where a biker called a “heads-up” that scared the bejeebers out of me! Then back on the pavement and around the perimeter of the park… a two hour hike total, not bad, but my face was SO COLD for the last part of it.
I need new hiking shoes/boots sometime in the near future. My poor old tennis shoes have all but worn completely out.
Trying to decide where to hike tomorrow. Keith is off and we have a date… church, then lunch at Luca’s Bistro, and hiking. YAY!!!