I am happy to report that my Saturday adventure walk was a success — while I was driving there, I actually thought I had forgotten my map, but once I arrived I realized I had cleverly stored it in my backpack after the last adventure, so I was all set.
The least scenic but surely the most exciting part of the walk was trekking down what the map optimistically called an “unmaintained road.” It wasn’t technically part of the conservation area trails, but it was a public road that would get me back to where I wanted to be, and I did not foresee any real problems with this plan.
Water, it turned out, was the problem. Enormous, road-devouring pools of water. These were no mere puddles. Things were moving in them. Maybe just frogs? But they were opaque with mud, and way deeper than my hiking boots, so I carefully picked my way around them on the sides. (At one point there was a spider, and I will admit I almost turned back. But I made it!)
Avoiding the enormous water hazards was not even the most exciting part. No, that was when I was one water hazard away from the more maintained part of the road, and I spotted a truck coming towards me. The driver paused on the opposite side of the water, possibly contemplating whether he was really going to drive through it despite his (totally legit) misgivings. I stepped off to the side and pulled out my water bottle, signaling that I was just gonna wait right there until he decided.
Well, he went for it. And succeeded, so kudos on that. Optimistically, I like to think he knew what he was getting into with the rest of the road. Because there definitely wasn’t anywhere to turn around, which means he was either going to make it all the way through or wind up backing out. Hopefully all went well!
Anyway, that was the big excitement of the adventure. Also I saw some deer!
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