Over the weekend we found another new to us trail for Kathy to run along while I walked Boomer. I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed our wander down this trail mostly because of how badly I didn’t want to go in the first place. Kathy was heading out for a 10 mile run and wanted company, especially with going to a different place that was at least a 30 minute drive from home – but I was feeling tired and sorry for myself and really didn’t fancy the idea of walking/waiting around for 2 hours while she ran. I ended up going along (albeit reluctantly) and decided to pack my headphones so that I could listen to Game of Thrones on audiobook while I walked. Best idea ever!
I ended up really enjoying the walk. The trail is off the beaten track for sure but worth the drive. When you get to the parking area the trail starts with a huge long wooden bridge over the Broad River that seems to go on for days. The trail itself then opens up into a woodland area….it’s not paved in parts just lots of stone and bark but that was what I enjoyed the most about it. It felt like you were walking through the woods. We arrived about 2 hours before sunset so the lighting was really pretty, it was also deathly quiet; we only saw one other person on the trail but we spotted a herd of deer, fuzzy caterpillars, bees and a ton of mushrooms.
Boomer had an absolute blast – he ran off leash with Kathy for a while and spent the rest of the time sniffing and wandering to his heart’s content as we walked the trail. He was exhausted by the end of it but doesn’t he look really happy in this photo? (I think it might be a new favourite photo of him!).
The trail is about 11 miles long and while Kathy through it was a pretty tough place to run we’ll definitely be heading back out to walk the dog again there soon.