Hard Times Loop Trail

First hike in Asheville in the books!

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I decided to try out the Hard Times Loop trail, although it didn’t go as expected. I decided to turn it into and in-and-out hike rather than a loop after reaching a crossroads and not being sure which way to go. Normally, I would just pick a way and see it out, but I had a time limit before having to be back in town, so I’ll have to give that a try another time.

The site I used to navigate the location of the trail and turns to make is below. I noticed a few directions that were different from what I experienced, the first being that the parking lot I found was on the left, not the right. After that I was able to follow the directions fairly easily, until I, of course, reached that crossroads that I didn’t see mentioned.

https://www.exploreasheville.com/stories/post/hard-times-loop-trail/

Overall, the trail was an easy hike. The majority of it was on a old service road and was still wide enough to fit a vehicle (I even ran into a UTV and truck coming up when I was on my way back down). There’s a slight incline once you cross over the canal which ended up being a great workout, especially for my calves. At the beginning there are also many different trails that split off, so I’m hoping to make it back soon to finish this loop and start exploring those different trails as well.

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The Beginning of an Adventure

 

So a thing happened last month and we finally graduated!

Graduation

To say that studying to be a pharmacist was hard would be an understatement. Yet, here we are; graduated and about to take our last licensure exam. I couldn’t be more grateful for the things I gained from pharmacy school; the biggest of these being my best friend, the love of my life, and a deeper understanding of myself. I’m ready to begin a new chapter in my life and, guess what, I now get to do that in the beautiful city of Asheville, NC! While job hunting for a newly graduated pharmacist has not been easy in North Carolina, my boyfriend was fortunate enough to land an awesome job in an awesome town. So here begins my blog. A journal of my journeys. An account of my adventures. I don’t know what stands before me, but I can’t wait to find out!