I just can't help taking photos certain places since we've moved here and one of them is St. Mary's River State Park. Every once in a while, I'll get the grand idea of going for a hike on their 7.5 mile trail instead of going for a run on cardio day. It always SOUNDS like a great idea. And the view is gorgeous. And the canopy of trees keeps the sun out and cool air in. And you always feel like you earned extra lunch after such a long hike.
But by mile 3 you really start to regret your decision. This trail is not one where you can pop off if you get bored or hurt or tired. Once you're on it, you have to either keep going forward, or turn around and go back. And we saw another giant snake this time. Except, okay yes, it wasn't giant, but it was big and moving and scared the shit out of me. And we still had about 3 miles to go and that is just not okay with me. Every leaf rustling from then on was a giant snake about to pounce on me. My pace went way up after that though so yay for burning calories.
After 7.5 miles on that trail, my feet area always killing me, I'm covered in sweat, stressed out about the snake encounter, and I'm starving. And I think to myself, why did I think this was a good idea???
But look, pretty!
Beers and burgers afterwards at The Front Porch were well deserved