Last night, Marie and I made a list of all the hiking we've done in our time together this summer. It added up to at least 92.4 miles. We couldn't NOT do eight more miles to make 100. And it turned out that if we did all the remaining trails in the park, we would make that total. We'd previously done the Black and Green loops, and the ADA trail. The orange-blazed Bristol Branch also goes through the park, which we did first. Today we did the Yellow, Brown, Purple, and Red trails.
None was as challenging as the Black trail, although there was still a decent amount of elevation change on the Brown and Red trails.
We found a couple of really nice painted rocks. Some people consider this a violation of the Leave No Trace ethic. But this is a heavily used place, not a backcountry area, and it made us smile. Loved this old oak, even though it's mostly dead. This is actually one of a long line of oaks that grew up in the open (spreading branches). They were probably a fencerow lining a farm lane at one time.
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