Hiking 4:02:50  11.79 mi (20:36 / mi) +260m 19:17 / mi
ahr:104 max:156 shoes: Asolo 520 Boots (3)
Another practice hike with pack, again from home. Along the creek and then up through the UD Laird campus, down the Mason-Dixon Trail to Creek Rd., up to the big field south of Wedgewood Rd. where I ran into a retired DuPont colleague out walking her dog. Then over to the pavilion at the Carpenter Rec Area lot where I stopped for a quick power bar, trails down to the creek and back home along the flats.
When I got home, I discovered the zipper on the top compartment on my pack was open. Luckily, my wallet was still in there but my cell phone was gone! Uh-oh. I forgot to zip up the pack again after the power bar break. Tried the cell phone locator features on-line but realized I had never loaded the apps on my cell phone so they were no help.
I jumped in the car and drove over to the state park and asked at the booth if anyone had turned in a cell phone. No, they hadn't. Looked around the pavilion but it was not there. I must have lost it along the trail somewhere.
Hiking 16:07  0.72 mi (22:23 / mi) +29m 19:54 / mi
A penalty lap for my stupidity. The last thing I wanted was to venture back out into the heat (it was now over 90 degs) but I had to re-trace my steps after leaving the pavilion. Headed down the trail figuring there is no way I will ever find my phone. About a half a mile in, I came across a tree limb that was stretched across the trail chest high. I remembered ducking under it like a limbo bar and thought this might be where the phone fell out. I looked down among the stilt grass and there is was! A small miracle. I need to be more careful about keeping my pack zipped up.