Mountains to Sea Trail 7 Mile and Eno 3.5 Mile Hike

This weekend we hiked 7 miles on Saturday on another section of the Mountains to Sea Trail, and Sunday we hiked one of the trails we had done before at the Eno.

I like how the one sections we hiked looks like a ghost 🙂

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The section of mountains to sea trail was great. Not only was the weather nice, there were bathrooms half way! We don’t usually get that on our hikes (haha).

There was also the dam we stopped at and saw some people fishing, and one guy kayaking in the water.

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There were a lot of trees down from the wind and rain we had earlier in the week. The mountains to sea trail had larger trees down than the Eno trail that blocked the trail a lot more than these photos (taken at the Eno)

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We had done the Eno trail before, about two months ago, and it seemed a little more difficult then. We did basically the same trail but went the other way around the loop.

Still a few inclines and stairs but we definitely felt better this time around.

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Pilot Mountain

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Gary, Gus, and I went to Pilot Mountain for the weekend. Left Friday afternoon and came back Sunday. Set up camp Friday and hung out a bit. For dinner we made corn over the fire with the husks, a Mountain House Turkey Tetrazzini and maybe some fruit? and I think we might have gone to bed early-ish for a 6am wake-up to start hiking the next morning.

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We got up, early Saturday, and started on our hike. I wasn’t expecting so much up hill. I mean I knew we were on a mountain, but I was expecting sections of up hill and then flat areas, but there were some really long sections of continuous up hill, and the trails were very rock-ey.

At the top of the mountain there were stairs. LOTS and LOTS of stairs. Steep, many, and by the time we got to them, it was nice and hot out.

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The trail was longer than we were both expecting, and we were all exhausted towards the end, but the view from up top was pretty.

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Back and camp, we rested, showered, and took a short nap before cooking dinner and then going to bed early-ish again.

On Sunday, we did two shorter trails, maybe 2 miles. Since these were already at the top of the mountain, we had more stairs but it wasn’t AS bad since they Were shorter trails.

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Early Morning Hike

I had a hard time sleeping last night, I woke up around 4 AM. We had already planned on going for a hike, waking up at 6 AM, but since I was already awake, I asked Gary if he would like to get up at 5:30 AM, since he wanted to start earlier anyway.

We were able to get on the trail at around 6 AM. Gus did not join us this time, because he is still recuperating from a hot spot on his neck.

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We did another section of the mountains to sea trail, about 5.7 miles total.

I think, one of the neatest things we saw on the trail, was the rusted frame of a 1950’s car

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We felt pretty good after completing the trail. A lot better than the first time we hiked.

Afterwards, we ran some errands, which included a trip to REI (yay anniversary sale! March 17th to 27th 🙂

Tick Season Has Begun . . .

Today, Gary and I went for a hike on yet another section of the Mountains to Sea Trail with a couple friends.  We don’t feel as worn out as the first couple of hikes . . .  4.2 miles, 309 feet elevation gain.  There was this big bug on my head that one of my friends saw, and Gary whacked it off my head (photo below).

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It is tick season now . . . there was a baby one on one of my friends that he saw at our resting point.

When I got home, I combed through Gus, every bit of him and found a good number on him – took about 30 minutes.  Luckily I had bought a tick twister before the hike – though a lot of them were already dead (thank you frontline).

If your dog is outside or goes hiking with you, our vet said they can get frontline every 20 days instead of every 30 days.  Gus is due for another dose then.

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When I came inside to shower, there were 2 ticks on my back, and one on my hip.  I’m not sure if they got on me when I was finding them on Gus or on the trail since I was wearing a pack.

Gary was able to get the off me with the tick twister that I had gotten at Petco before the hike.  REALLY glad I did, it worked really well and am going to get another one or two of them for each of our packs and Gus’s backpack.

It works well because it surrounds the tick and instead of with tweezers where it could squeeze them, it pulls the tick out cleanly when you rotate it.  I think it took them longer to get to Gus’s skin because he has so much hair.

SO . . . if you are going hiking, make sure to check yourself and your dog for ticks after.  Pack a fine toothed comb and a tick twister, and make sure your pet is on some sort of flea and tick protection.

Camping and 11 Mile Hike Weekend

On the weekend, we went camping and hiking with some friends.

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We walked on two different sections of the mountains to sea trail, both sections about 5.5 miles long.  The Saturday hike was about a 516 elevation gain, and the Sunday hike was a 418 elevation gain.  It’s interesting how different all of the trails look as you walk them, and even when you turn around and walk the same path, how different they look.

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The Sunday hike had more flowers and such, while the Saturday hike section didn’t have any.  I like the small graveyard we passed.

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Sunday Hike Before the Rain with AllTrails

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The weather forecast was being a bit flakey and waffle-ey for the past couple of days on when it was supposed to rain up until the day of the planned hike, and even today it couldn’t make up its mind if it was going to rain around 11, 1, or 3.

Good thing we went ahead and hiked anyway, because the weather was perfect and started raining at the end of our hike as we were finishing.

We had a really lovely view of the river for most of the first part of the hike, and then a nice walk through the woods under cover of the trees for some of the sprinkles towards the end.

We walked about 4 miles in about 3 hours with some water breaks. 464 foot elevation gain, and a generally nice social hike with our friend Elissa, though there were some steep areas we were all trudging up slowly.

There were some sections that we had get past some large rock/boulders but Gus was awesome and had no issues getting around. It’s so cute that he stops to make sure we are all following behind

We saw two deer in the distance in the woods, fish and turtles in the river, and a squirrel running across the path with something yummy in its mouth. Overall, more wildlife than our last hike which was neat.

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I tracked our trail with an app called AllTrails, which seems to be the best one out there so far (been downloading a few to try out) and free is always a nice touch. I like that it shows you the trail (though further zoom in would be nice – I turned on the zoom feature on the iPhone which give a little extra), easy to search parks, easy to track trail, and seems to be the most intuitive so far. I have read that it seems to be a little on the inaccurate side in distance, and the trail / map we went on said it was 4.1 miles, where the app said we walked 3.5. Though honestly I mostly just wanted a visual track of the route we walked, not so much the distance. And for a free app on my phone I don’t expect everything to be accurate. I’m wondering if GPS coverage is also affected by cellular coverage. When we get into needing more accurate coverage, we’ll be buying an actual GPS device. I also like that it tracks how long we hiked. It’s easy to forget what time you started.