I just had the worst hike of my life!
I decided to do the Bird Mountain trail at Frozen Head state park, but I went the back way on Lookout Tower trail. Bird Mountain trail from the back was completely overgrown with knee high grass; I was afraid I was going to step on a snake. The sections of trail free from the grass were overhung by thorny bushes. And where the blazes were the blazes!?! The white blaze only appeared when it was absolutely obvious where the trail was...which wasn't often on the back side of the mountain.
The topo map also described the Bird Mtn trail as "very scenic," which in Frozen Head terms means: Trees. Trees, trees and trees. I climbed all the way to the peak and beyond and never once saw the mountain for the trees. *Grumble grumble*
On a different note: I got my passport from home yesterday and purchased my extremely $$$ ticket to New Zealand today so that I can send in the final step of my work visa application. I'm leaving September 24 (and arriving in NZ on the 26th!).
I got to hike today.
This morning, as I was walking down a trail alone and thinking, a great sense of contentment filled me. That I can be in Tennessee this summer and visit places I've never been and try new things I've never done has been an adventure to me, and I feel very fortunate that I was able to be here.
I don't know what I'm doing tomorrow, I don't know what I'm doing in two weeks, I don't know where I'll be, I don't know where I'll sleep, but I can explore and I'm excited.
I have just returned from the land of salt, sand and sun and bumming on the beach to a place of internet and contact with the outside world. Unfortunately, this means I have only now discovered that in 4 days I am to have a round trip plane ticket to New Zealand purchased, an application completed and my passport submitted to some office in Connecticut. Have I mentioned my passport is in Nebraska, I'm in Tennessee, and my parents are in Germany? Oh crap. I'm not ready for the rush.
Not to mention I'm sitting alone in an empty office in the industrial part of town. It's a little creepy.
And I don't know where I'm going to be sleeping tomorrow.
This could be interesting.