Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Hiking the Green Ribbon Trail

On Sunday, I signed up for an 8 mile guided hike of the Green Ribbon Trail starting the Upper Gwynedd Township Park (that is a mouthful).  The trail is a natural greenway (weird to me since the greenways here in NC are paved) that follows the Wissahickon Creek for 21 miles from North Wales, PA to Schuylkill River.  The walk included a cool t-shirt (only in unisex size though, boo), bus ride back to the park and a picnic lunch at the historic headquarters (seriously, the building and surroundings were made of old stone brick) of the Wisshickon Watershed Valley Association.  So $25, I think I got my money's worth.  It was a perfect cloudy day in the 70s and we stopped every couple of miles for water and snacks (lots of Almond Joy and Snickers minis!).  Eight miles turned out to be all I could handle since I am no longer used to walking long distances. I actually think I would have an easier time of it if I had run/jogged most of it.  The trail itself didn't have much elevation and there were only a few spots that were tricky.  One fun part was the water crossings where they put large stone blocks in place so you didn't get wet!  Lunch was wraps, pasta salad, cookies, and munchkins!  All in all, it was pretty great!  I think I would sign up again next year and even try the 13-mile option (with a little training beforehand!). 

Walking blocks across the creek/riverbed

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