The Sky’s The Limit Challenge, Hike 11—Bluff Point SP

Posted By on August 21, 2016

The Sky's The Limit Challenge, Hike 11—Bluff Point SP

4.7 miles; Groton, CT

Another Challenge Hike down, although this was, in theory, not particularly challenging. Under 5 miles, and all basically flat. How bad could that be?

Depends. If you’re a “lady of a certain age,” and very short for your weight, as I am, and you don’t freakin’ hike for almost 3 weeks, and hardly any distance at that, it can be very challenging. I swear I whined more on this hike than I did on the 10-mile Challenge Hike #1, and I had a massive freakin’ blister on that hike.

Selfie Spot

Selfie Spot

Yeah, don’t let that smile fool you. I was in pain.

Bayberries

Bayberries

Despite my copious whinging, I also managed to observe many signs of the approaching end of summer, like these heavily-laden bayberry bushes (Myrica pensylvanica)…

Beach Rose

Beach Rose

…the last gasp of the beach roses (Rosa rugosa)

Beautiful Purple Corts

Beautiful Purple Corts

…some pretty purple cort mushrooms (Cortinarius iodes)…

Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed

…and a glorious stand of Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium sp.).

And we’re down to 3 Challenge Hikes left! Here’s hoping I’m in better shape for them than I was for today’s.

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