Friday, August 14, 2015

Hiking for Heroes

Ok totally dropped the blogging ball this summer!
School is going to start in a week and a half and I think my last post was during "crazy June".  Seriously!!
We have been super busy having summer fun though!
We hiked Mount Washington (you know just 5.5 miles up/5.5 miles down) as part of the "Cops on Top" group where police and their families hiked or climbed the highest point in their state to honor those that have lost their lives.  We are blessed in NH to have beautiful mountains for this activity.  I finished knee PT on Wednesday so no better way to test the knee than an easy little hike(?!). My husband kept saying we would take the easy trail.....ummmkay! I tried explaining no matter what trail we take it won't be easy!  He brushed that off and I agreed to do it.  Little did he know the adventure he was about to take!

At the start of our hike

See he is smiling (1/2 mile in)

So beautiful, don't slip

It is NOT STEEP when there is a ladder built in to the rock face  

Just scurried up that (not as graceful as Catwoman though) 

About to climb up and over that 

After I climbed over it 

Some rock was easier to hike than others

The view from almost halfway up 

I used to work there! (The Mount Washington Hotel & Resort )

Almost to the cabin in the clouds (I got a nice hour break here waiting for the guys)
Literally watched the strorm clouds roll through us -it was crazy! 

Reach out and touch some clouds! 

Heading the mile and a half from the cabin to the the summit 

Sign pretty much says don't do this it will suck the rest of the way

Oh look there is the summit!  What a trick to see it the rest of the way and know what hell  that part was about to be!

Glad I packed my PLOWON just what I needed to hit the summit!

Made it to the summit!

And this is how nuts we all were at the end!

So you will notice all the pictures are from up to the summit and not coming down.  A few reasons.
 - My phone wasn't going to make it (battery) down if I took too many coming down
 - Derek pointed out where the car was at one point and it made me sick to my stomach
 - my feet hurt and I wanted to get off the mountain
 - the cliffs we were climbing down were too steep and dangerous to whip out my phone for a cute (disheveled) selfie
-I hike down with my husband and he was not happy about not being able to take the train down so you also would have had grumpy guy pics

This hike was NOT my idea but I LOVED it!  I would hike it again in a heartbeat! We took one trail up which was a 5.5 mile trek and a different trail down that was just over 5.5 miles down.  I can't wait
for my kids to be old enough (and able ) to do this hike with way in hell hubby will agree to it again!
It was a great cause and great weather (that night the pouring rain began and it poured for 24 straight hours)

Do you like to hike?  What has been your favorite hike?

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