I decided to start out on the lake trail and then attempt one of the more rustic trails once I had gotten my water feature fix.
I won't say I got tired of this view, because I don't really think that's possible, but I did eventually veer off the lake trail to head into the woods. I chose a trail at random and ended up on a steep, narrow trail with tree roots and loose rocks making the path a bit treacherous. I'm guessing it was meant for more serious hikers since I kept seeing people with trekking poles and daypacks, but I soldiered on even though I wasn't prepared like that because adventuring. At one point I was convinced that the trail did not in fact loop back around to the lake and I was lost in the woods with no food or water and a dying cell phone, but it turned out okay. I kept following the trail and eventually got back to familiar territory. Stats for Saturday: 14,051 steps, 48 floors climbed, and 5.77 miles total.
I wasn't feeling quite as chipper when I woke up this morning, so I didn't take a road trip to a new park the way I had planned. Instead, I found myself catching up on television until well into the afternoon. I watched the Gracepoint pilot (dark police drama that I think I will like), Red Band Society (quirky drama about sick kids who live in a hospital that I found deeply relatable as someone who has spent ample time in hospitals) and The Mysteries of Laura pilot (light-hearted police comedy that I didn't really care for). Eventually I dragged myself outside for a long, but easy walk at one of my favorite parks.
I parked my car by the lake and apparently interrupted a party. The ducks were incredibly friendly and welcoming, though. As soon as I got out of the car they all started walking toward me to say hello. They eventually carried on with what they were doing when they realized I didn't have food, but I was surprised they let me get that close.
I hadn't been to this particular park in a while and I discovered that they had started building some new trails in my absence. I did a little exploring on one of the new trails, but ultimately stuck to my tried and true favorites. I started listening to the second audiobook in the White Trash Zombie series (Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues). I was so engrossed in the story that I almost didn't notice the snake slithering across the pavement until I was right on top of it. I was very proud of myself for not running away shrieking. I might have stopped dead in my tracks and stared like an absolute lunatic, but I did not shriek or run. It probably helped that it was only a little green garden snake. I will not be responsible for my actions if I ever come across a bigger one. Stats for Sunday: 15,277 steps, 13 floors, and 6.28 miles total.
Have you ever had any animal encounters while getting your workout in?