My beau & I won a White Mountains 3-day Adventure package through the Appalachian Mountain Club at the Boston Globe Travel Show this year. The biggest mountain I have ever hiked was two years ago, Mt. Chocorua.
The hike was moderately challenging, but soul-soothing through the woods and past streams and waterfalls. However, when we got above the treeline, I panicked. I thought the wind was going to send me tumbling out into the forest below, as though there was less gravity up there. I asked my beau to please not let me fall off the mountain, and he promised I’d stay put unless I jumped on purpose. There was a further rocky peak, maybe fifty more feet up, but my courage left me, so I sat and watched his progress in the too wide open air from my safe perch in the middle of the granite slab.
After a while, I was able to get up and walk around, even peer over an edge to the valley below. The view was well-worth my challenge getting there.
Today we took our first hike in preparation for the Presidential Range, but I think I’ll only make it as far as Congress did. We hiked just over 5 miles to Mt. Toby’s summit and back, and I’m achy, cranky, and wondering how this ever gets addicting.
We pressed on through the torrential downpour for about a quarter of the hike, and we believed we were prepared for rain, but found a few chinks in our system when our rain hats poured water down our backs, and our jeans grew heavier with the soaking.
Along with benefiting from exercise and fresh air, we saw many orange salamanders along the path, a couple of garter snakes, and a friendly dog, that we at first thought might be a bear. Outside of a few more hikers on their way down, we had the mountain to ourselves.
We were thoroughly chilled by the time we got back to the car, and hungry, making our arrival home that much nicer as we got into warm, dry clothes, and sipped the morning’s leftover coffee, still hot enough from the carafe, while we made some soup and grilled cheese & tomato sandwiches.
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