Monday, August 25, 2014

TODAY'S STATS: 5.2 mile hike in about two hours. Longdale Furnace Recreation Area

Earlier, I posted my justification for using the blog to keep track of the long walks and hikes I've been taking lately. I decided to set up a new post category. I called it "Constitutionals," for no other reason than that I like the word. Today's constitutional was more or less a hike. I drove out to the Longdale Recreation area, which I'd never been to, in spite of how close it is to my home. Some of the recreation area is kept up very well, but a lot of it is neglected and in bad shape. I enjoyed exploring the neglected areas more than the well maintained parts of the park, and the hiking trails were a lot of fun. I wasn't as well prepared for the trails as I should have been, and next time I'll dress more appropriately. Nonetheless, this was a fun five-mile trek.

I took a lot of pictures today, including a few panoramic shots that turned out pretty well. Click any of these to see full size versions:





Some parts of the recreation area are still in frequent use and have been maintained well. It's a scenic area for walking even without getting off of the main road.

But once you wander past the well maintained area, you come across abandoned roads that have gone mossy, forgotten restroom buildings, and other stuff that appealed to a fan of dystopian fiction, such as myself.

The hiking trails are as hit-or-miss as the rest of the recreation area. Some of it has been kept up, and some of it is in a state of neglect. But all of it is beautiful.

You never know what you'll find as you wander further back along the ridge. Large trees have fallen over the years, and some of them have been cleared from the paths...

Other trees have more of a DIY kind of thing going on.

In a few areas the trail disappears entirely and I had to resort to using my phone's compass to get oriented again.

But it was never that hard to find my way back. All in all, this is a wonderful area to do some light hiking and to walk for exercise. I look forward to exploring the area some more when there is some color on the trees.

The full set of pictures is here.