No Blue Blazing for this Black Bear.

Last night the lake white blazes were closed. So I ended early and came back this morning to do them. This morning the zoo white blazes are closed.  Heading to breakfast until they open. 


Another short day.  My plans just seem to get changed for one reason or another. I contacted Kilroy and he was still in the area so we joined him at his hotel for breakfast and to give him a ride back to the trail. By the time we got to the trail it was after 10:30am for what was hoping to be a 16 mile day. We got all our white blazes in that we would have missed due to closures. The zoo was miniature but a nice alternative to the regular trail. The bear enclosure is official the lowest point on the trail at only 124 feet elevation.   

I lost my hiking poles today. I think I left them in the ladies room back at the Bear Mountain Recreation Area where I insisted I needed to complete all the white blazes. Those white strips will cost me in the long wrong. I borrowed Bruce’s sticks for today but will need to purchase another pair as soon as I can. Ouch for the budget. 

Rain, rain and more rain forecasted for this afternoon. Every hiker we passed today was cutting it short. It had just started to sprinkle harder when we reached a convenience store that the trail crossed. We found Mama Bear there with her cubs and met Fourteen also. We all had plans to stay at Graymoor Spiritual Life Center’s space they provide for hikers. It consisted of a pavilion, field for tenting, potty, and a shower. Kilroy, Fourteen, Hubby Bear and myself are headed to a hotel about an hour away. Hubby is fantastic, we spent over 2 hours trying to find a place that wasn’t outrageously priced. Hubby worked his magic. 

 It is pouring now and will continue until late afternoon tomorrow. None of us are in a hurry to head back out in the morning so an hour’s drive wasn’t an issue for any of us.  


So it’s time to sit back and enjoy the ride. 

Happy Hiking

Emily M. Leonard

About Emily M. Leonard

I am a 50 year old Maine native and lover of the outdoors. Former Physical Education teacher and soccer coach. I am Married to the best husband ever and gave up teaching and coaching to raise our two wonderful sons. I have always enjoyed being outside and on the go.