Today I had a choice. I could wake up early and get a hike in before work or I could sleep in and wait until after work and hike in the dark. Well, night time is the right time so I enjoyed my extra slumber this morning and took a little hike after dark.
I've hiked at night many times but it usually was not be choice. Either environmental conditions called for it, i.e, climbing a mountain early in the morning when snow is consolidated, or I just finished later than hoped for. This time it was purely by choice.
There are a few things I learned on this night hike that I'll use when I do more.
Oh good, the park is still open!
And the trail is open, too. Sweet!
I learned you should do a hike you've done before when going night hiking. I wander around a bit wondering if I'm off track.
I hit this sign and think I'm lost but I'm not. It's just some more names of people I've never heard of.
I finally hit the actual trailhead and get on a real trail.
You've seen those beautiful night shots of city lights. This is not one of them. Another lesson learned. When doing night photography, bring a tripod. Maybe it would also help if I knew what I was doing.
This one is a little better. Very little.
It might help if I had a destination in mind but I come to a fork in the trail and take it.
I've seen this before and maybe it'll be my next night destination.
The night hike was actually kinda fun and I look forward to doing another soon. Maybe in two weeks when there's a FULL moon. That's the last lesson I'll take from tonight. If you're not hiking during a full moon, bring a BIG flashlight.