Day Trip to Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A trunk as happy as this tree:
Today was a most beautiful Easter day, and Hubster and I decided to drive out to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest to see the famous old-growth trees. I also wanted to test a lightweight backpack I've had for several years but have never used for a long-distance hike, so I packed it like I was going backpacking and ended up with a pack weight of about 22 pounds.
I couldn't help but think of Mary as I hiked along and admired the rue anemone, trillium, wild phlox, and spring beauties along the trail. I know she would have enjoyed that hike. Getting out into the woods is one way I can honor her memory, since she enjoyed hiking so much. I regret that we never got to go on a hike together--particularly after talking about doing so for nearly a year--but at least I can take more advantage of the opportunities to hike now.
It wasn't a long hike, but it was long enough to see how the pack felt on my shoulders, hips, etc., going up and down hills.
Here's a photo of the Hubster next to a big tree:
Here's another cool pic of a big tree:
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