2nd Most Expensive Hike – Keffer Oak
What’s the best way to celebrate Jimmie’s 11th Birthday? Why, a hike of course! So on Tuesday, Sean and I took both Jimmie and Henry for an after-work outing– Keffer Oak on the Appalachian Trail. It was a short, easy stroll of about 1.8 miles. Nothing to brag about on the athletic front, but boy, it was a great day to be out and about.
The Keffer Oak is another example of a hungry tree— in its long life, it has absorbed barbed wire
Birthday pup finding the outing…uh… relieving
Unfortunately, on my way home from this hike, I managed to secure myself a speeding ticket. I haven’t had the heart to calculate the actual payment amount, but I know enough to believe this will be my second most expensive hike.
The most expensive would be Sinking Creek Mountain in 2004. After an 11.3 mile day hike with both dogs, I managed to skid on a gravel road and hit a tree. That damage ran around $1100.
Sinking Creek Mountain may hold the “Most Expensive” title for some time to come (at least, I hope so), but this tiny Keffer Oak hike has a decent chance of overtaking the “Cost Per Mile” category.
Sinking Creek Mountain Hike – 2004
$1100 car damage / 11.3 miles = $97.35 per mile
If my Tuesday speeding infraction ends up costing more than $175.03… then victory is sealed.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the incumbent…the underdog.
P.S. PassionPhish and his family are going to be spreadsheeting the financial and environmental cost of a backpacking trip shortly. Hopefully, they won’t have to add a column for “moving violations” or “body work”. 🙂