Once the Pandemic hit in March, I knew that running 30 or more races including one half marathon each month would not likely happen.
I planned to continue to run hoping that the Pandemic would end but just in case, I knew that I needed an additional goal to stay active. Since I was working from home with no travel plans, I would have extra time.
In April, I decided that in addition to running, I would visit 25 trails in my area.
Before 2020, I had NO idea how many nearby opportunities there were for hiking.
I wound up enjoying my trail walks, both solo and with friends, even more than my runs.
So I made the effort to visit as many trails each week as I had time for. Both after work and on weekends.
By June, I changed my goal to 50 trails and to also re-visit the ones I liked in different seasons.
I won’t bombard you with the zillion photos I have (If you follow me on IG – dsc59 you’ve seen them all), just a few!
So here’s a list of the trails that I have visited:
- Mohawk Hudson Conservancy-
- Nature Conservancy –
- Others in Albany County-
- Tawasentha Park Trails
- Thacher Park Trails
- Pinebush Trails
- Five Rivers Trails
- 6 Mile Water Works
- Moh-He-Con-Nuck Nature Preserve
- Normanskill (Stevens) Farms
- Huyck Park Preserve
- Tivoli Lake Nature Preserve
- Ann Lee Pond Preserve
- Pine Hollow Arborteum
- Vosburgh Trails
- Community Gardens Trails
- Normans Kills Ravines
- Others in Rensselaer County-
- Others (within an hour’s drive)-
- A few more between 1 hour and 2 hours-
- while on vacation:
- Marginal Way (ME)
- Wells Reserve at Laudholm (ME)
GRAND TOTAL = 74
That doesn’t count the times that I have re-visited many of the places. Unfortunately, a snowstorm arrived on Dec 17 and my hiking adventures ended pre-maturely.
But don’t worry. I have discovered a new love. And there are many more places that I have not hiked yet.