Saturday, June 1, 2013
A funny thing happened on our hike today…
…..we hit snow! Now I realize 4000+ footers often have snow at their summits. But this day that we hiked Mt. Moosilauke, it was June 1st and 90 degrees! But let me start at the beginning.
Scott had a great idea to grab a day hike up in the White Mountains. Though we would have loved to tow our pop up camper and make a full weekend out of it, we had other plans already for Sunday. So a day hike would have to do. After an early wake up call, we headed North to our destination of Mount Moosilauke. We’ve hiked this mountain before, but it was a very different weather day and it was several years ago. So for me, it felt like a brand new mountain to conquer.
We immediately hit rushing water, so Bella was diggin’ that…
Good thing she cooled off, because we had quite a bit of ascending to do….
We danced our usual dance whenever we hike; Scott practically runs up the mountain, while I practically run down the mountain. Not sure if its long legs or center of gravity, but it all evens out in the end. A little over 2 hours later and 4800 feet up, we were treated to the most spectacular panoramic view…
And a couple more, because I’m so afraid I’m not doing it justice…
And this is what it looked like from my Garmin’s point of view –
As we started our descent, lo and behold….SNOW! On June 1st with 90 degree temperatures at the bottom, we hit snow…..
We stopped for lunch, some chillin, and for Bella, more swimming in this little hideaway….
What a fantastic day! Sun, fun, singing on the trails (not as much as usual….I was really working!), splashing, beautiful views….it was just perfect. Did I mention NO wireless, NO internet and, other than using my phone for its camera, NO cell phone. My head is clear, my face feels sun-kissed, my shoulders/back are just a touch sore from carrying my pack, and my legs feel like they climbed a 4800 footer. And liked it.
By 7pm, we’re all struggling to stay awake. These are the days that really remind me to break away and do something that I don’t HAVE to do but instead WANT to do.
I hope you’re all doing fun stuff that you WANT to do this weekend!