It was hot, humid, and a change in venue from our previous Trails Day hikes. This was to be shorter, but more of a climb than what had been our usual level walk along the Shelton Lakes Recreation Path. Fortunately, the hardy souls that showed were prepared for a real hike!
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|We assembled at the parking lot across from the Indian Well falls trail|
From the parking lot, it was only a short distance of easy walking before the uphill climb
Terry points out the stone retaining wall built by the WPA during the Great Depression
Hikers pass a long abandoned home foundation halfway up the hill
|One of several obstacles that had to be tackled along the way. Due to the relatively dry Spring, streams and brooks did not pose a problem this day|
Pets as well as folks consumed their share of water
|At the half way mark (this was a round trip) Bill Dyer had pre-placed a cooler with ice water, a welcome treat|
|Hot and tired, but knowing that the return trip was downhill, the survivors wait for their Trails Committee guides to stop stalling and proceed with the remainder of the hike.|
All things considered, and in spite of the less-than-ideal conditions, all participants seemed to enjoy the day. The first-timers expressed interest in future outings, so we hope to see all of them in the near future.