2016 marks the centennial of the National Parks Service, and as someone who loves to hike but also loves to procrastinate, I decided to use that as my incentive to try and hike at a different national park every month. For some reason my friends and I never go hiking in Maryland, even though most of their National Parks are way closer to our houses than the parks we visit in Virginia. Steffi and I decided change that in January, so we paid a visit to Gambrill State Park.
The park was so still and silent. It had rained earlier in the morning, so by the time we hit the trails everything was blanketed in the thick, pea soupy fog that we rarely see here on the East Coast. It muffled sound for what seemed like miles and made it so easy to pretend that we were the only people in the woods that day.
Because I'm terrible at packing, planning, and life, we went to the park the day before I left for Chile. It was wonderful, with trails just challenging enough to work up a sweat and a dangerously close proximity to Cafe Nola in Frederick, so we spent the whole day exploring, eating, and not getting any packing done! After that, January was a whirlwind of packing, travelling, digging my way out of the snowstorm, and starting classes - so I'll be posting a lot of throwback hiking and Chile posts while I try to get this blog up to date. I hope you enjoyed this post!
Where's your favorite place to go hiking? Do you have any plans to go out and explore this month? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to subscribe to the newsletter so you can stay up to date on Thirteen Octobers!