The Contact Mine trailhead was mostly deserted with only a couple other cars in the lot. We slathered ourselves in sunscreen and ventured out into the sandy field – the sun shining brightly from above.
After we emptied our bladders and filled up our water bottles, we crossed into Joshua Tree National Park to hike the North Canyon Loop, a trail I found on the All Trails app. It wasn’t advertised on the National Park Service’s app or on any of the paper maps. This turned out to be a happy accident, because other than a couple of people bouldering, we didn’t encounter anyone all morning. Absolute peace on what is typically the busiest days of the year in Joshua Tree.
There are a few paddling options near Jefferson City – the Maries, Missouri, Osage, Gasconade, Big Piney, and the Moreau. I’ve paddled a little on the Osage and plan to explore more, but I wanted to check out the Moreau after a tip from a friend last week.
I’m a little less than two weeks away from my twelve week goal of losing 20 lbs. Am I going to get there?
I mean… miracles DO happen… But I am twelve pounds away from the finish line, and unless I lose a pound everyday…
I gotta keep my kayak, friends… but progress is SO SLOW. Find out how I’m staying motivated in Part Three of Bye Bye Kayak???