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Ha! Life has been so busy lately, I feel as if I just get up and go to work and come home and then it’s time for bed. Really, my brain is just tired at the end of the day and I don’t have anything worth saying that can’t be said in one sentence on facebook.

But here I am!! Thank you for the book suggestions, 007 and Sugar. I will have to put them on my library list. I have also read two interesting mysteries recently by Tana French, so if mysteries are your thing, I recommend her work!

I have been feeling the adventure itch recently. I can obviously go a long time between adventures, but not between thinking of them! And right now, it is terrible! Everything sounds interesting, and I’ve read a lot of articles recently about new long distance bike trails. Plus, the weather recently has been fantastic–bright blue skies, perfect temperature. I am glad that I get to drive long distances regularly for work, otherwise I would really be in a tizzy. Technically, Reed and I already have an adventure in the works for next summer, but that seems so impossible to believe that I haven’t really set my heart on it yet.

Anyway, today it was beautiful again and I was determined to enjoy it! So I rambled down to Raven Rock State Park, which is a little bit south of here, and went for a hike. Reed and I went there once before, and hiked down to the rock itself, which was beautiful. My plan was to try out a couple of the shorter trails this afternoon.

When I got there, the parking lots were almost full, which doesn’t actually take too much. I had decided to do the Fish Traps trail, which was only half a mile from the parking lot. It was a beautiful day, and the trail is mostly flat except for the last bit which descends to the Cape Fear river. There is a little spur of a couple steep steps out onto a large rock that spans a good third or more of the river, and there were maybe a couple dozen people, mostly children, out on the rock already. The main part of the rock, where the people are, is separated from the ledge the steps lead to by a very fast moving stream of water that has carved a channel through. It is a couple of feet across.

Since I was by myself, I probably would not have jumped across to the other rock on my own. It wasn’t an impossible jump, but wide enough that I would have to jump, not step over it. But these two women and their dogs were coming back across, and must have noticed that I was having second thoughts, and told me that it really looked harder than it was and they would help me if I fell. So I picked a spot and jumped over without any problem.

I’m really glad that I did, because it was nice to sit out on the rock for a while with the other people and look up the river and at the small rapids there. There are also pilings from a past dam and lock that was once on the Cape Fear near that spot.

After a few minutes, I decided to finish the trail. It ends abruptly at a large smooth rock that plunges back down to the river. You could climb the fence and slide down to the river, but you wouldn’t be able to climb back up. Then I retraced my steps UP the steep hill that leads to the river.

I really could have stayed with my original plan to go down to the Northington Ferry Trail, but I figured one trek down to the river and back up was enough for the day. Instead, I went to the overlook on the Raven Rock loop trail, and had a chance to look down at the river. You can see the rock on the fish trap trail in the distance, which is probably noticeable because of the people out on it.

In all, my hikes added up to about 2 miles. Not much, but a good jaunt out in the world on a beautiful day. When I got back to my car, I headed home the long way through Sanford and up highway 1. It has been a nice day.

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