The itch got me. Gotta check out Caddo State Park. Map showed trails and only $3 per person fee to get in. I figured 2 hours would be good. Well, they have cabins and shelters and all kinds of interesting stuff going on over there - something to think about for the future but right now? Just want to go hiking.
17 miles one way, can't complain about that. The drive there was interesting as it stands. A narrow, 2 lane highway I hadn't been on going out of this town straight to the Park. Joey Ranch - a rodeo was going on and all kinds of traffic going in there. Big arena but well off the road and the thing you really saw was a bunch of RV's. A Baptist church having a revival - the sign said so anyway. Small church for such a large gathering - at least 100 cars parked everywhere including alongside the highway.
A hunting club. Carlisle Hunting Club the sign had on it over an entrance to a dirt road. Hmm, might have to check that out. A mobile home park much further out. 70's era, aluminum built single wide homes. Place over grown with grass and weeds. Looked hideous. I've had thoughts of doing something like that - but please, let's keep the property maintained. And fresh paint on the homes that need them. Hurts your bottom line. Yep, well I just don't believe in running a place like that.
Got to the Park entrance, drove up a ways and there was a building with signs saying go into the office cause' honey, you have to pay. Well they didn't say quite that, but you get the idea. I don't mind a small entrance fee, I don't really believe that we should have to pay outrageous prices as many of these types of places do that are owned by state or federal government do - since we own it, we pay for it through our taxes and yeah, that kinda pisses me off. But....they had a sign up about donating $5 because they are underfunded. Gag.
I got up to the cabins and parked. The trail starts right there. I had been warned about a trail that was closed because of a bridge that was out. Well, I got this giant dog on a leash and he's doing good but geeze, there isn't another soul other there, which I thought strange. Well, until I started getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. Figured that one out: keep moving, don't stop. Note to self: buy mosquito repellent for any future excursions. Anyway, I eventually took the leash off of Addler and watched in some amount of apprehension what was going to happen next. The answer was: nothing. He did take the lead but I didn't care about that, I wanted him in front of me. Only one incident where we both heard an animal run off and he started to take off after the direction of the noise.
Addler! He stopped, turned around and trotted back. I've spent some time training this dog on other issues, leash walking wasn't one of them. He was up on that the first day I got him. He wasn't house trained - he has yet to piss or pee in the house. The dog is very obedient. He has a wild side to him but that's fine. He also is very disliking of strangers approaching the fence, that's fine too, that's a dog's job. Protect.
Well there were no signs on these trails, they just took turns off into random places. I wondered about getting lost but I just went this and that-a-way and eventually ended up at the - bridge that is out. Turns out a giant tree had destroyed it - that giant tree fell and was still over the top of that bridge. Okay, well that's nice but the bridge was going over a stream that might have been 2 feet wide at it's widest point. Yeah, we just went around it, through the brush and up the other side.
But, after an hour of this, we were both done. Addler was breathing heavily and I was tired. I'm not in the shape I used to be and I am slowly coming around to getting myself back to some semblance of that condition. I've let life circumstances affect me too greatly. There are no existing excuses, I just gotta get with it.
And now another weekend gone. Does it sound like a lame existence where the highlight of a weekend is to go hiking in the wilderness with a dog? I dunno, I'm not sure it matters to me anymore about things that people think are important. I've become rather isolated here simply for the fact of the lack of many friends. I've not connected with much of anyone in the church I am/was going to, though I have tried. For quite a while I have tried. Not blaming the church I just think it's time to move on. I love the preaching and the worship services but that isn't an end all. I need real relationships and it's simply not happening there.
I guess I'll start looking out here before next weekend.
Well, end this one. Work comes early, at least on the weeks where I go in at 7.