Is It Me?

Posted By on February 19, 2016

Is It Me?

4.89 miles; Richmond and Exeter, RI

Am I really that much of a klutz? I was wondering, because of the shoulder injury I got while I was in Arizona. Which I subsequently re-injured today while hiking, by tripping over a branch and again, throwing my hands out to catch myself and jamming the shoulder. Again. And I suffered the only broken bone I have ever gotten in my life while, yes, hiking. So is it me? Or is it just that I spend so much time hiking that things like this are just bound to happen?

Anyway, I visited another of my Favorite Local Hikes today: Tefft Hill from the State Garage. I decided to hike the loop counterclockwise today, and then discovered why that was a bad idea…

Boulders, Boulders, Boulders

Boulders, Boulders, Boulders

Hiking the loop counterclockwise leaves all the worst boulder-y part for last, when you’re probably a little tired. There was tripping. There was re-injury of the injured shoulder. There will probably be medical bills in my immediate future.

An Ominous-Looking Log

An Ominous-Looking Log

This rather scary-looking log was on the yellow-blazed Arcadia Trail, before I got to the boulder-y part. It just looks a little precarious there, lodged in the fork of that smaller tree… I gave it a wide berth.

Cairns

Cairns

And maybe it was just because it’s February and there’s no foliage on the trees or the underbrush, but I don’t believe I’ve ever really noticed the many cairns stacked through here. There are a lot. I would guess at least 40 or so if you count the places where there was one large boulder with a bunch of smaller rocks carefully balanced atop it. It’s almost as mysterious-looking as Parker Woodlands.

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