This first month of "newlywed-ness" has FLOWN by.....and I know I haven't even blogged our wedding yet, but I think I'll skip it and blog our hike yesterday (our first as a married couple) :) and get back to the wedding love afterwards.
Yesterday was my baby sisters' birthday....they turned 19! I can't even believe it. I remember the day they were born (yeah, I actually WATCHED their birth...not sure if that's awesome or weird) and now they're two of my best friends.
I don't know if either of them actually WANTED to do this hike for their birthday, but they were both troopers and got up at the crack of dawn (literally....they were up at 430am) so we could leave by 515 to head towards the mountain.
Dave has been telling me about this specific hike for years, so it was one of those "must do" hikes for us before we moved south. The mountain is called Tumbledown Mountain. His favorite thing about the hike (aside from the fact that it's just an awesome hike) is that there's actually a lake (or pond) at the top. It's pretty amazing.
The weather was absolutely perfect - I'm talking 75 and sunny, very low humidity - so we weren't even overheated while climbing! The first quarter of the hike was probably the hardest....not because it was the actual physically hardest part....but our muscles were just getting warmed up, and also it's one of our first hikes this year!
Everyone except for me had a great water backpack (actually most of the photos I shot had them sucking those darn hoses...you'll see later on) and after this hike I'm thinking maybe I should invest in one.
Our route was up the Loop Trail and down the Brook Trail - then the 1.5 mile(ish) hike up the road back to the Loop Trail parking lot. Word to the wise, if you have the option of having two vehicles, park one at each lot so you can just drive back once you're down....the walk up the road was rather boring...and pretty darn dusty every time a car flew past us.
What would a hike be without our usual jumping photos!? We took more of these than necessary...and still Elysia can't quite seem to perfect it. ;) (not that I'm a pro...do you see my face?!)
We may have taken a rather long break here....and we were only about a quarter of the way up..HA...joke on us. From here on, even though the trail got more technical, we had way more fun.
We stopped here to let a solo hiker pass us. This is my favorite spot on the whole trail, but definitely the most difficult (hence, no photos of the actual obstacle....sorry folks). Just past where we are sitting there is a "chimney" type space you actually have to climb through via a few iron handholds. It's a pretty narrow opening too (myself and my camera bag were a tight fit). Definitely not a trail for dogs.
We met a couple of hikers on the Brook Trail when we were headed back down that called this section of the trail "Fat Man's Despair".....so you can imagine the size of the hole we climbed through.
My camera stayed in the bag from here to the top....sorry! There were some beautiful spots, but my hands were required far too frequently to actually keep it out, plus our pace was pretty quick. The top was worth it, though! Check it out:
Megan and I stayed back and did a little goofy yoga (of course) while Dave and Elysia headed towards the pond at the top.
We took our last break of the hike right here - amazing views of the entire area, plus a pretty sweet place to sit and much on our snacks.
And of course - no day with Megan would be complete without handstand photos! These aren't her greatest handstands ever, but the fact that she was doing them on granite and the edge of a cliff excuses any "bad" form I'd say. :)
Break over - time to head towards the pond! We kept going off-trail here, so if you ever come and hike Tumbledown make sure and really pay attention to the blue blazes....this part is easy to get off course on!
Our last "obstacle" of any significance on the trail was this little "slide". Dave went first (and proceeded to whittle a walking stick once he hit the bottom) and the girls came down last after me.
I completely forgot to take any "End of Hike" photos - so this is it! Overall a great hike, we got away without any major injuries (a rolled ankle and some bruises were the extent of our battle wounds) and even had time to stop at Big G's for lunch on the way home.
Happy Birthday, Megan & Elysia!
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