It's true, I have a problem. It's an obsession really. Patches. Or more specifically collecting them. I suppose the collection started innocently enough. I wanted a keepsake to remind me where I’d been on one of my first hiking trips. Some might say it's gotten out of control.
My 52nd hike. For all kinds of reasons I struggled with what I wanted this day to look like.
One of the more valuable skills for hiking is the ability to read a map. Paired with a compass and the knowledge of how to use them together to find your way, you have a valuable tool that isn't reliant on batteries, satellites or cell towers.
One of the things I've embraced in life is that you can always learn something new. Even on a subject you might think you are pretty knowledgeable about. Every instructor and classmate lends something to your skill set because each has their own strength and passion they bring to sharing their abilities.
As we listened to the rain falling outside, I pulled out the park map to decide on which route is take for my next day’s hike. The last time I’d been to the park, I’d hiked part, but not all of the Hiking Club trail that passes the cabins and campground before it circles west. I decided I’d hike the combination of the Woodland Edge and Wetland trails.