Saturday Hike

How’s that for a fancy title?  Saturday morning I got up and went with a friend to a local trail in hopes to capture the beginnings of fall in the trees.  I can hardly remember the last time it was cloudy and rained here but wouldn’t you know that as we drove towards our destination the mountains were almost hidden beneath black clouds.  We decided to go anyway and it ended up being the perfect hiking experience.  We got out of the car and I began my love/hate relationship with the idea of a jacket.  Not thinking I would need one, I didn’t bring one.  It was pretty chilly when we got there but of course as we started hiking it became hot and I was glad I didn’t have one.  Then it would get chilly again.  And back and forth it went between being cold and hot.

We quickly realized the clouds were a godsend because full sun would have been sticky and unbearable.  But the clouds would part on occasion allowing for some great pictures.  It did rain a couple of times and even hailed.  Yes, you read that right I said it hailed.  Little BB sized pellets came down at one point.  But none of these episodes lasted for more that 15 or 20 seconds and they all seemed to come at a point of the hike when we were starting to get a bit heated so it was a nice refreshing break.  I think one of the best parts of the whole thing was that even though there were tons of people hiking as well, none of them were going in the same direction we were at the time we were going.  On the way to the falls it seemed like everyone was leaving and as we were leaving throngs of people were coming.  So we would go for long stretches without anyone around and that was heavenly.

Ever notice when you’re out in nature like that people are usually happier?  I don’t think we passed one group without someone saying at least hello.  Even the kids we passed were friendly and polite.  I realize the area I live in is dubbed “happy valley” (seriously, it really is referred to as happy valley) but I think it has more to do with nature itself and leaving all your stresses and worries in the parking lot and enjoying the view at the top.

The hike took a little over two hours to complete and was better than going to the gym.  It wasn’t so extreme  you thought you were going to die but it wasn’t a flat sidewalk either.  We definitely had to exert energy at different parts along the trail but then it would level a bit for us to catch our breath.  Even still I’ve been running a couple of miles regularly the past few weeks so I wasn’t completely out of shape.  At least that’s what I thought.  Sunday morning I went to get out of bed and just about fell flat on my face.  Man, I wish I had that on video!  My right calf muscle is so incredibly tight you would think I just started using my legs for the first time that morning.  As I walked around it loosened up and was fine but two days later it still hurts when I stand up after sitting for an hour or more.  No clue what that’s all about.  I’d like to think my muscles are bulking up at such an alarming rate the rest of my body can’t keep up (as I sit here shoveling M&M’s in my mouth).

Overall the morning could not have gone better and it was the highlight of my entire week.  As usual here’s a teaser picture but others are posted here:

5 thoughts on “Saturday Hike

  1. This picture is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!! It looks like a post card. Love it. I miss going up in the mountains and doing things like that. Enjoy it!!

    It was a lot of fun and we have planned to go hiking every weekend that we’re able to. Should be fun.

  2. Fall is my favorite time of the year. I am less than two weeks away from my return trip to the mountains with my family. I can sit on the porch there and “listen” to the outside (river down below). I am definitely happier when I am up there.

    What an incredible view and amazing pictures.

    BTW, the leg thing comes with age.

    Your trip sounds very relaxing. I think I would really enjoy fall more if winter wasn’t looming in the near future. And as far as the leg thing goes, I was afraid of that! I was just telling a friend that getting older sucks b/c everything is sore and stiff. And I used to be able to eat Thanksgiving dinner and run out and play. Now I can’t even eat a regular small dinner without needing a nap. Sheesh!

  3. Beautiful photo! I love being outdoors. Everyone should get the chance to do this kind of thing often.

    This was so much fun! I think we’re going to start looking around for other hikes we can do every weekend when we can. There are tons around here.

  4. Oh I love going on hikes!! Perhaps we should do that this weekend! Awesome! Love the pic too…I’ll be jumping over to your photography blog to check out more.

    You guys totally should go this weekend! It would be a lot of fun for the kids and a chance to get outside rather than hang out in the house.

  5. What fun! I’m a big fan of hiking, and an even bigger fan of hiking without being around a lot of people. I definitely think you’re right about people being friendly during outdoor activities.

    M&M’s. Mmmmm.

    I never really thought of myself as an outdoor kind of person which is odd b/c I like to be outside. I guess I thought that meant you had to be into all those extreme sports or something. But this hike won me over for sure.

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