I got back into the woods today after several weeks down with a 2nd bout of flu. I'm anemic, my thyroid meds need adjusting, and before my hike I felt anxious and sad and fretful. My medical issues will have to wait until the pandemic slows down but hiking alleviated my mental dysfunction as it usually does.
Loch Raven, especially on or near Sam's Grave, is one of my favorite rambles. It's solitary in the middle bits though well used near the trailheads, and I always see and hear lots of wildlife.
As I was observing the turtles, a couple of oafy kids came thundering past, and I briefly wished they'd stayed at home playing video games* like normal millenials instead of trail running. I realize that is an absurd thought.
I like people, but I am an introvert and a quiet person, and I find it nearly impossible to find a peaceful, quiet, alone space. My life's goal, from a fairly young age, has been to live in the country. We live in an uncertain world but I hope and believe that I will realize that dream in about ten years. But for now, I do wish people would 'let nature's sounds prevail' and I wish I could remember what park I first saw that sign and that all parks would post it. Stfu humans!
Climbing ridges is empowering though. Please note the steep drop-off just below that largest tree on the right side of the photo!
Mileage: 7.4 mi
*My 13 yr old son tells me the kids today just say 'games' and, in the case of actual games you play at a table with actual things, they say 'board games'. Maybe only Gen X-ers say 'video games'.