Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Blue Hills Hiking

Took another walk in the woods.
It's funny really. When planning a hike I like to Google. I am new at it so everything is new but I want to get to some cool places. When I pack I sometimes get nervous. OK Chick you will be in the woods alone. Is this smart? Do you have a granola bar and some water so when you get lost and the helicopters are searching you will have a snack?
I am getting better as I got a few new hiking back packs, some sweet boots and an auxiliary battery charger for my cell.
I try to be smart about maps and I really don't go to places too remote.
Once I get out there I am unplugged. I bring a cell and take pics but usually have shitty cell service so not great if you rely on it for maps but great if you need to let go. The first time I actually brought ear buds. Fool!
I have learned I love it. I almost can't wait to get some time to get out again. I am also trying to get the kids involved.
I usually spend sometime in thought. Stressful thought about whatever is on my mind and worrying me. Soon I am either able to unravel it or I tell myself you are wasting this time by still trying to untangle this knot (that is exactly what happened to me on my trip to the Skyline trail in Wellelsey) now relax!
In my Google searching I found this great website a while ago.
http://friendsofthebluehills.org/
I also friended them on Facebook so I can get any cool updates. This is their 35th year and to celebrate they had a challenge. I wish I had seen this earlier as it seemed so fun. You must complete a list of 35 things by December 31st. The first 3 or 4 were things like swim or fish in the pond, make a winter visit and take one of their organized hikes. The rest were places with Celebrate 35 signs and you must take a picture of yourself with it. It really allowed you to see all parts of this beautiful and huge area. I think you sent the completed list and posted the photos and you were entered to win a prize. I decided to print the list anyway. I may just try to see some of these places and discover all the sides of this place.
I did one portion of their Skyline trail a while ago and it was beautiful. You were in the woods but could pop out on the top of a hill and see for miles.
A goal for next year is to hike the whole Skyline from one side of Blue Hills to the other. My friend and I talked about it and decided we need to park a car on one end and drive to the other. It is a little over 9 miles from one end to the other. The part I did had some good climbing so it should be a decent work out. I can't wait!
On my last hike I was on a wide easy trail as I am still getting better but the Skyline trail passed me.
This just got me. I think it is hard to see but there were 2 people making there way up this trail. Look just to the left over the sign. It reminded me so much of Maine hiking.

My plan was a short trek to see the Quarries but I took a wrong turn so I just made a loop instead. The weather was beautiful and the paths were busy with people and dogs.
Please if you haven't get outside. Your insides will thank you for it.



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Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44
05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05
06/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26
06/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05
07/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52
08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31
08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30
10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10
05/02/09 Cape Abilities 5K 34:59 11:17
05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50
08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37
10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00
09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31
10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20
08/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24 13:29
05/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25 14:17
06/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04 16:00
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04 14:35
09/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24 12:02
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41 12:10
11/27/14 Turkey Trot in VA 5K 35:22 11:23
12/06/14 Jingle Jog 5K 34:42 11:11
03/29/15 Thomas Guinta Memorial 5K 34:14 11:03
04/19/15 St. Margaret's 5K 31:11 10:21
05/17/15 YPD Blues 5K 34:58 11:17
06/07/15 Newport 10 Miler 1:56:09 11:36
06/20/15 Mackenzie's 5K 33:55 10:54
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:33:51 13:24
10/31/15 Screech at the Beach 36:19 11:40