|One of the "points" where the trail ended, or connected|
back to the main path
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In a magical moment, I found it: Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. The website said that there was a long 7.5 mile loop, and plenty of off shoots that I could run for some more mileage. Perfect! My dad agreed to drive me there early Saturday morning, but I was nervous for the 90 minute run all by myself, when I usually run it with friends. The week before, my long run had gone well, but with my mileage going up, my legs were beginning to feel the increase. My dad and I prayed that the run would go well and I would see God through the nature and the ability he gives my body-- because he cares about the big things and the little things!
|Part of the path near the beginning|
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(READ ABOUT MY OTHER ADVENTURES! Like, Ziplining in the El Yunque National Rainforest)
|Beautiful shaded path that runners love|
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I enjoyed how the run was on soft terrain. Sometimes it was grass-- with few ruts-- and at other times, it was fresh forest floor, in the woods. I run at a hilly, wooded park at home all the time. The difference? This one was impeccably serene, the paths were more interesting, it was FLAT, and it was right by the ocean, surrounding me with tall and wispy Palm Trees. Most of the paths connected to each other, so instead of going out to many points and just turning around, I was able to explore and find my way around the refuge. No problem: 12.5 miles leaves plenty of time to explore (and yes: I got my 12.5 miles in, although my pace was a little slow at a 7:19 ave. I'll chalk that up to my loneliness and the humidity). I would recommend bug spray though. Every time I stopped to tie a shoe or "relieve myself," I was swarmed with giant biting flies and mosquitos-- even at 7 a.m.
I was so impressed with the wildlife refuge and envious of people that can run there more often. I am a total beach girl, and having the beach right by my side as I passed from one tiny island to the next, was the coolest thing. I will never forget the fresh ocean breeze that blew from behind while I softly crushed palm branches underfoot. If your in the Hilton Head area: this run is a must!