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Locust Shade Park, Triangle, VA Loop Hike

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This day hike occured on Saturday, May 1, 2021. It was an interesting 4 mile loop. Participants were Mike Calabrese, Mary Gordon, Tom O'Brien and Jessica Lowry.

OK, I will first talk about the things that went well on this hike today. We had "The Regular Crew" on this hike and had some nice comeraderie and conversation. Next, the weather was fantastic. It was sunny and started out in the upper 40's, then climbed to the mid 60's by hike's end. We met some nice people on the trail today, both hikers and trail maintainers for the group MORE, which is building the new trails within this park. The new trails and bridges that this group was in the process of building were first rate. And the hike ended around 10:30 AM, about the same time as our

05/05/2018 Trip Log of This Hike.

Now for the stuff that did not go so well on this trip. We got lost due to the new trails that were added to this park. Without a map showing these new trails we had no idea where we were. At one point I could see traffic on I95. Then, within 2 minutes I could see traffic from US1 through the trees. We ran into a group of trail maintainers/builders from MORE at one point. They directed us to one of the sections that we missed. But they added so many cross trails and meandering trails that bicyclists like that we had no idea where we were. And we never got to the southernmost loop in this park because we could not figure out how to get there. I was very angry and frustrated towards the end of this hike.

The "trail boss" for MORE told us where to find a hand drawn map of the new trails in this park. I have published it here as a public service until the official map comes out. I sincerely hope that they blaze these trails better at some point because without the proper blazing, this new map will be useless.

The participants on this hike said that they had a nice time. I lost my cell phone earlier today but got it back. We had an estimator come to our house to give us an estimate for fixing the tree that crashed into our deck last week. While there were a lot of issues today, we did manage to get out into the woods, observe nature and hopefully burn off a few calories. So it was a good day after all.

Mike C


Group pic during hike
   Group pic during hike.
   By Jessica Lowry
Largest cicada ever!
   Largest cicada ever!
   By Jessica Lowry
1 of 2 new bridges
   1 of 2 new bridges
   By Jessica Lowry
Map of new trails
   Map of new trails.
   By MORE
GPS track of this hike
   GPS track of this hike.
   By Jessica Lowry


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