Kellisa and I found this awesome trailhead only 15 minutes from our house. We had the Hippocampein the car, so we pulled over to explore a little. The trail looked wide and flat (flat doesn't have to mean level, it just has to be free of major barriers that prevent our forward movement) as it descended into a little side canyon of the American River. The picture above shows the start of the trail and how it's blocked by a locked gate and large boulders. I had to lift the chair over the boulders and then carry Kellisa to her chair. This effort would have been unnecessary if they would make the trail opening just a little wider, but I guess they want to keep ATVs off the trail along with all other wheeled devices. This minimal effort would be more than rewarded as we pushiked 1.8 miles from Murphy's Gate to Robie Point and back. If we had more time, we could have continued farther. According to the website, the Auburn State Recreation Area has over 100 miles of trails and we look forward to returning many times to explore.
Between settling in our new home in California and summer's heat, we weren't able to explore any local trails for several months. That changed at the end of September when we hiked a nice little trail high above Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop Trail was the perfect trail to get back outside. It was wide and free of obstacles for Kellisa's Hippocampe. As usual, Laurel took the lead on the trail and even volunteered to push Kellisa several times. The girls were excited to have mom join us on this trail close to our home.
Kellisa had pushiked in Nevada before, but never with Laurel. With this trail complete, the girls have hiked together in 41 states.
After my post that the girls are getting close to visiting and hiking in all 50 states, some have wondered what is left before completing the lists. I wanted to double and triple check my lists to make sure we didn't miss anything.
Kellisa still needs to visit Iowa, Hawaii, and Alaska. In addition to those three states, Laurel needs to visit New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Utah.
The girls have visited Illinois and New Hampshire, but haven't hike a trail in these two states.