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Blazed? Yeah, right.

Yesterday, I decided to forgo the 45 car ride to a local state park, and instead hike around two community parks. It was another fabulous day outside–no rain, no cloudiness, but sunshine filtered through the turning trees overhead.

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The first park was a nice winding path through the woods. I had no map, but just decided to embark and have confidence that I would find my way out.  I did, probably sooner then I would have, if I had a map, but I still enjoyed the time I spent among the trees. I would have believed that I was actually in the country, except for the planes roaring by overhead.

The second park, a few miles away offered a map before you went into the woods.  In a moment of clarity I took a pic in case I needed something to refer to.  Best. Idea. Ever.  The paths through these woods were not marked with blazes, and with so many side trails, I found myself stopping often to look around and figure out which path was the right one.

For about an hour, this was fine, until I came upon a marker I recognized as passing already.  I had gone in a huge circle!  How in the hell had that happened?  I decided to try again, this time taking different paths–30 minutes later I still had no idea which way to go.  Luckily I found the marker again, and decided just to backtrack on my original path to get back home.  Until I wasn’t paying attention, an BAM! all of a sudden found myself in the parking lot.  I literally took the wrong direction twice which caused me to wonder around for over an hour, when I could have simply chosen left the first time and exited the woods in 5 minutes.  Oh well. It gave me more time to hike, to enjoy the weather and to hear the rustle of leaves in the middle of the city.

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