I discovered the Wild Azalea Trail not far from Alexandria, Louisiana.

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This picture of the sky through the trees does no justice. It was absolutely beautiful.

Near the start of the trail, there was this really cool looking firetower. I’ll admit, when I saw it on the return hike to my car, it was the most beautiful thing ever.

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The awesome thing about this trail was the water sources. For one, it added a beauty.

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For two, it meant that I had a water supply. I still carried my water reservoir and my water bottle, duh. However, when hiking I find that I want to “conserve” water and sometimes I slip into mild dehydration during a time that I should be drowning myself.

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On the side of this bridge was a little camp area used by many hikers. Gus and I used this spot to filter/refill our water, fix lunch, and take a little rest before getting back on the trail.

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Towards the end of our hike, I noticed Gus was keeping much more ahead of my pace. He’d trot along about 100 ft in front of me the stop and look back at me almost like he was saying, “Hurry up mommy! What is taking you so long?” This is the moment I decided that I was buying him a backpack.

(And I did buy him a backpack as seen below)

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We did about 7.5 miles on the Wild Azalea Trail. I’d love to make a weekend of it and do the full 28 miles. It was amazing. For sure, I’ll go back and hike sections of it until that time.

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