Friday, May 22, 2020

Hiker in Training: Ellanor C Lawrence Park

I'm on a mission to get our 16 week old ready to tackle serious hikes. We've done the prep work and knocked out a short, but nearby trail. Next up was to pick a trail that was longer in distance and drive time.

Our go-to app for finding trails is All Trails. When Shira and I are shopping around for an adventure, we set the difficulty to medium or hard, and the distance to 7+ miles. This time, we looked around for easy trails that would be less than 5 miles. My gosh, there are so many options we'd never heard of!

The one we picked for this adventure was the loop at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. This 3.8 mile hike is located in a park surrounded by suburbs. Yet, the vibe was that of a real walk in the woods. We caught glimpses of houses only a couple of times and the road noise was minimal.

The trail itself was in great condition and we zipped right through it, stopping only briefly for a snack.

In the age of COVID-19, we wanted solitude not only to enhance the hike but to avoid social distancing issues. At the entrance to the park there's a delightful pond which a few families were congregating around. We slipped by them and on to the trail and from there saw almost nobody else for the rest of the hike.

All in all, our little hiker did great. He endured the 35 minute car ride without an issue and enjoyed the walk in the woods. For our part, we enjoyed discovering a new bit of green space that's perfect for when we need an easy hike. And I even got to snap quiet a few pics of flowers. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is a winner.

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