TALLEDEGA NATIONAL PARK HIKE 2020
Because of the Cornavirus Apocalypse of 2020, we had to cancel our Spring Break plans to visit Washington D.C. With the need to practice social distancing and the desire to spend time as a family making memories, we chose a different type of Spring Break vacation. We went hiking and camping in Talledega National Park. There were very few people on the trail. The people that we did see we nice and friendly, but we all maintained our distance. Don had chosen the Skyway Loop Trail. This trail about 18 miles long and has an elevation gain of nearly 3,200 feet. Don failed to mention when he picked this trail that it was rated, "hard." While we were hiking, Hannah, in her zeal to complete the trail, went ahead of us and ended up on the Pinhoti Trail, so we ended up veering off the loop and up the Pinhoti Trail and ending at the Cheaha Mountain Trailhead. This ended up making our hike a 13.1 mile hike, on the two hardest trails in Talledega State Park. This trail was much harder than the Appalachian Trail to me. It was difficult to follow and not marked well at all! Sometimes there were so many boulders, you couldn't determine where the trail even was. It was not as beautiful as many trails we have hiked in the past and there was very little water in the section we hiked. It was definitely a challenge. Even so, we made some great memories and now we know that if we ever have a "zombie apocalypse" our children will survive!
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