Early Spring and a lot of mud
Every Spring deserves a blog post. This one is a bit different. After over 30 days of ice and snow, followed by torrential rain, the ground is saturated and oozing out all over the place. Spring has begun and it's early, not even April yet. However: the morning was sunny, about 40 degrees and I decided to do a short trek in a nature reserve because it has every kind of terrain you can imagine and is a great place to get back in shape on, even if it means a ride on the rails to reach it.
I have never done a very early Spring thing before, usually the hikes and subsequent articles are in late April or May. Easter is looming and so to avoid all the silliness and forecast rain, here is a bit of sunshine. I had bought a pair of cheap boots (30 UKP), knowing they will only last a couple of months, because the combat boots I would like are 5 times the price.
Did I mention mud, of course I did, the horrible stuff is all over the place. Puddles the size of small ponds, not very deep so they provided a good test of the waterproof capabilities of the boot which was successful and my feet stayed dry (big surprise that).
This hike saw me doing a lot of off trail work. I had my Leki pole with me to test the ground under all that growth, some parts dropped as much as 2 feet, so the pole came in real handy.
My leg muscles let me know that I was doing something out of the ordinary as well as my ankles complaining a little at all the work. That made me realize just how out of shape I am. With long range weather forecasts of a lot of rain, my new waterproof trousers will also come in handy.
Now, watch it be dry after all this expense and not blinkin' well rain when I'm out.
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