This morning I rolled out of bed about 9:30 (which is the latest I have slept in, in a very long time) and looked at the weather to see it was a chilly 38 degrees (said it felt like 34). I am a Texas gal, so that kind of weather means put on a full on snow suit and under it add about 10 layers. However, I was determined to get back on my hiking schedule and back towards my goal of hiking 1000 miles in 9 months.
I woke up, made some herbal tea (1st day of replacing my coffee with herbal tea and I must say I really enjoyed it); put on my running leggings, 2 pairs of socks, sports bra, my husband’s old military issued under armour shirt thing (supposed to keep you warm, but feels like silk, and I have no idea what it is called), my light weight Nike running jacket, and topped it off with a hoodie. I was for sure that I would not be warm enough, but I was going to do it anyway. Oh, I did have on my beanie and gloves too. I took my dogs with me this morning as well. I decided they needed to suffer with me (that’s me being sarcastic for all the PETA folks out there).
Needless to say, not only did those light weight layers keep me warm, I actually started sweating about 10 minutes into the hike! I felt amazing. In fact, the brisk air on my face felt so amazing that I decided that 39 degrees and cloudy has been the best hiking weather yet. Seriously, I could have stayed out there the entire day! My husband on the other hand only had on a light weight long sleeve and wind pants…dummy. It took him until about halfway through to warm up some.
The best part was running into a lean-to and fire pit that someone had built out there. I am assuming someone was in the dog house and had nowhere to go. It was a really well put together lean-to. Although, it could have used more branches and leaves, but it was a lot better than something I could have put together! I swear you see some of the weirdest things out here!