Hiking Jackson Trail in Blackwater River State Forest

Saturday morning I dragged Matt out of bed around 6 a.m. and we headed up to Blackwater to go on a long hike. Hiking is probably our favorite shared activity - its great exercise, so much fun to see and do new things and honestly it is essential to my mental well-being. I had been in a weird funk the last few days (I'm blaming it on my schedule being thrown out of whack because of the 'Hurricane') and within an hour of walking around the forest I felt significantly better.

Initially we planned to go on a shorter trail but the trail was only 18 inches or so wide and there were spiders everywhere. Matt had to keep finding sticks to hold out in front of him as he walked so they could knock the webs down. At one point, about 5 minutes into the trail, we came across a huge web. He knocked it down and we couldn't see where the spider was on the floor so I made him pick me up and carry me over the spot we presumed he fell at. I should also mention that I had to go to the bathroom in a major way so between my fear, laughing from the absurdity of it all, and overall small bladder size it's surprising I didn't wet myself (or Matt).

We turned around and high-tailed it out of there and headed to Jackson trail. We ended up hiking about 6.5 miles on the trail in 2.5 hours. It was beautiful!

After we got back to the car I suggested we drive over to Bear Lake to use the facilities and though I could talk Matt into doing another short hike. It worked! We did 2 miles around Bear Lake and, despite hiking all over the US now, this trail remains one of my favorites.

{You should hear the sound effects Matt makes every time he looks at that center picture of me - de de de!}

We finished the smaller hike around 12:15 and were starving. We had eaten the protein bars we brought with us around 9:30 and were at least 30 minutes away from town. I didn't think we looked presentable enough to eat in public so we decided to swing by Publix and grab something there to either eat in their small cafe area (if they had one, which this store did not) or the car.

I've always seen this Lentil salad there by the hummus but this was my first time trying it. It was delicious (and only 210 calories!). The banana wasn't quite ripe enough for me so I only ate half of it but stuffed my face more as soon as we got home. Matt had them make him a wrap in the deli and splurged on a Dr. Pepper + chips.

I decided to carb up during dinner that night and we made our favorite Skinny Baked Macaroni and Cheese!

Needless to say we slept like infants that evening and I actually slept in  until 7 a.m. the next day (my normal wake up time, even on the weekends, is 5 a.m.).

We're already planning a few small road trips to do some more hiking this Fall!

Matt and I spent a lot of time on this past hike discussing what the proper hiking attire is. As you may have noticed we just wear our normal workout clothes. If you have any suggestions as to what may be more appropriate please share!