Housework, gardening, projects on the back burner... all things that keep me home on my days off. These things stop my from going on big adventures by myself. I do like the company of being with John and other people. I'm always a bit disappointed when the day ends and I haven't left our neighborhood. P.S. The trail around our house doesn't count. I might as well be in the cul-de-sac given how often I run that trail.
This week I had enough. There were a ton of things to do around the house, but there are also a bunch of hikes that I want to do. I need to remember, there will always be more homework!! It's time to get outside. Hiking alone is rejuvenating. It's peaceful; and it helps me get through the week in one piece.
My favorite part about solo hikes is that I pick the pace! This means as many photo/drawing stops as I want.
On Monday, I hiked the trail that was my first adventure in the Blue Mountains back in 2012. Beginning at the Three Sisters, or Echo Point in Katoomba, I walked down the Giant Staircase and then hiked back up the Furber Steps.
It was a wonderful, albeit foggy and rainy day with minimal tourists. The loop took me about an hour and forty-five minutes. The guide book says this loop takes 4-5 hours to do this 5.8 km circuit with 689m of elevation gain. Perhaps it takes this long if you have three little kids in tow? To be fair, I was going quite fast. Even on a slow day I can't see this taking more than 3 hours.
Until Next time...
Speaking of always having things on the back burner.... This has been a month of finishing projects. More on the climbing, knitting and painting to come. Feast your eyes on this in the meantime. Isn't this adorable?