Hiking in the Heat

We ventured back to our favorite hike this weekend – the Billy Goat Trail.  The now familiar terrain makes for a challenging morning run, with some rock scaling, and we did our best to beat the 11 a.m. heat advisory, but only barely.  We started on the trail at 8:30, completed the C and B loops and connected to the Great Falls trails via the canal path.  This provided a mix of semi-level gravel surfaces, with the narrow branch-filled hilly trails that are a little more challenging.  In the end, we hiked over seven miles, draining two Camelbak water bags in the process (between the three of us, because we pack water for the dog as well.)  In addition, we have a towel, extra water bottles, and a change of clothes in the car so we can cool of as quickly as possible.  For the dog, this meant take a long drink, then collapsing in the shady back seat of the car.



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