Despite getting rain for a few hours yesterday, I guessed that the trails would have sucked all the water up, and I was correct, but for some small areas of shoe sucking mud, the trail was just pretty much nice firm, spongy dirt!
I came across this guy about three miles in, I nearly ran into him:
This is a 3 foot black snake. I was kind of suprised to see him out so late in the season, but it is a nice hot day, so he must have just been enjoying the warmth.
A thing of beauty!
I was really having a good time out on this trail. There hasn't been much improvements to the trail itself, which is in pretty good shape, but the blazing has been redone, AND there are now mile markers! I couldn't remember how far this trail went, and now it's more convenient.
The biggest drawback is the lack of water available. Now that I know the distance, I can stash water on the trail around mile 9...which on an 11 mile run, doesn't do me so much good.
So NEXT TIME I run there, I bring this!
I bought this water filter in the spring, for Salt Fork, and haven't bothered with it. I mean, there is a lake right beside me! The water bottle is slightly larger than the usual 20 oz bottle I carry, but I think I can manage it.