The last weekend to prepare for my first hike of the season. I headed out with a full pack on one of the warmest days so far this spring. It was a pretty day and I had a plan of hiking up Dorr Mountain and then back home by the Stratheden path. I walked along the Jesup boardwalk and it was a very still morning. I continued past the Wild Gardens and the headed along the path along the Tarn. After only a few minutes along this path I slightly lost my balance and then to avoid falling I over compensated and fell to the left and slid both of my knees along a number of rough granite rocks. Since I am aware that I don’t do well after seeing the seepage of blood I decided to quickly return back on the path to a place I could sit and rest and gather my wits. I found a rock and gathered a few items from my pack and proceeded to clean up my knees. I was glad that I only scraped them badly and there seemed to be no damage. I returned along the path and then began climbing the mountain from another approach. I quickly changed my mind and decided to take the shorter and flatter trail back to my house. It was a wise decision and once I returned home I completely cleaned my wounds and they have healed nicely. It is a wise choice to carry my pack to practice the challenges of hiking but I am always concerned of getting injured before heading out on the AT.