First Hike of 2019

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New Years Day I skipped the various organized runs and polar bear plunges and go on a facebook organized hike on Turkey Mountain but I had to change by plans when I was ten minutes late for the hike so I just went by myself. Which is fine, I like to go at my own pace and take photos and there were a couple of geocaches I wanted to try and find.

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It was frigid as you can see from this surface skim ice on the wet part of the trail. It gets cold in Oklahoma but almost always a few days later it warms up pretty good.

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I stayed on the eastern side of the park. It has the best views, it also had a little bit of wind compared to the more secluded areas. I was bundled up pretty good though. I’ve got a lot of excellent cold weather gear that I have accumulated over the years.

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There were not very many people. I saw one or two trail runners, several couples hiking, and only a few mountain bikers.

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I ended up with about five and a half miles and looked for two caches and found one. I have found almost all the geocaches on Turkey Mountain that don’t require climbing equipment or a ladder to reach. I used to try and get those on my own but as I have got older I realize that gravity is not necessarily my friend.

I had a good time and went home to warm up. I am linking with Our World Tuesday

11 thoughts on “First Hike of 2019

  1. Vicki

    Looks like a very nice, peaceful place to spend some time. Congratulations on finding one of the two caches!
    I doubt I would find one 🙂

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  2. Sallie

    Sounds like a great way to start the New Year to me! Except for the cold of course, cuz I am a weather wimp. I like reading about Turkey Mt and am always so glad for you and others that those paths are still there.

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  3. Hootin Anni

    Well congrats on the geocache! Oh my, what a wonderful area to walk. I’d prefer alone time in a quiet, peaceful place like this. Not sure about the icy surfaces tho…I’m a wuss.

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  4. martha z

    I agree, gravity is not our friend, but a good trail is.
    Our son took me hiking New Years day. It was the first decent hike I’d had in about two years. It felt good.

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  5. Angie

    Happy New Year! Personally, I prefer hiking in very small groups – 2 to 4 people – more than that and I lose my sense of being in nature. In fact, most of the ‘nature’ gets scared off by all the noise. I love seeing all the downed leaves from the oak trees, which is a tree we don’t have out here in Montana. I hope 2019 brings you joy and peace!

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  6. Driller's Place

    You’re right about gravity. I don’t put Christmas lights on the roof anymore because the roof is steep and the ground is hard. I am no longer interested in any task that requires a step ladder taller than 8 feet and I may scale back to s feet in a year or two.

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