Racoon Creek: A Creepy Walk in the Woods
Yesterday, I went for An Eventful Hike in Frick Park. Today, I headed to Raccoon Creek State Park for what I hoped would be a 9-mile, cathartic hike. What I didn’t expect: a creepy — and challenging — hike (made all the more as I listened to Neil Gaiman narrate his book Neverwhere.)
I came across the first, creepy demon mud mound less than a mile into the hike. I continued to see them for the next four hours. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the hike had three one-half to three-quarter mile stretches with the brush so high that I couldn’t see my feet. I just powered through, knocking the branches and sticker bushes away from my face while hoping that I wasn’t going to step on a family of snakes or spiders.
(I also had a moment where I wondered why I hadn’t yet purchased hiking pants or long-sleeve hiking shirts.)
Of course, this is why I love hiking. I wasn’t quite able to zone out because of the terrain, but I did spend a gorgeous, late afternoon out in nature! (Hover over the pictures to see the captions!)
Creepy Mud Things
This Doesn’t Look Creepy, But…
A few years ago, I ran a Pisgah National Forest trail while training for the Grandfather Mountain Marathon.
The run was unexceptional save for one moment: when I nearly stepped on a family (family?!?) of snakes because the brush was too thick for me to see the ground.
I try very hard not to think about that moment. But I thought about it A LOT today.
Creepy Blair Witch Thing
It’s Not All Creepy
What’s Your Best Creepy Hike
I love hearing your stories. What’s your best WTF hiking story?