You guys!!! We climbed (hiked) a mountain the other day! Not Everest, not with pickaxes (although we really could have used some hiking poles!!), but still! A MOUNTAIN! Total trip was 5.1 miles and it was the longest and most difficult 5.1 miles in my life!! But WE DID IT!! ⛰🍂🍁🐕 We started way too late in the day and took the wrong trail up (the steepest, slipperiest, least traveled due to its difficulty, marked poorly one) and only realized it once it was way too late to turn back or we’d never make it even to safe ground before dark, and ended up hiking 2-ish miles of the descent in complete darkness 😬 (using iPhone flashlights to help). 🤦🏻♀️ These pics are clearly from the summit aka the best 5 minutes ever in my life lol. After the struggle to get up there, seeing the sheer beauty was overwhelming. It was GORGEOUS up there! 🍁⛰🍂❤️ The sun was just starting to set when we got there, though, so we had to be quick and head down using the trail we’d intended to take up which, thankfully, although much longer distance than the one we took up, was just as easier and more wonderful as we’d read it was.
Even with iPhone flashlights it was scary and difficult and I’d like to say I handled this fear and difficulty with poise and grace, buuuuut that would be a lie lol. I broke down in terrified sobs several times on the dark descent, from unknown noises, tripping on yet ANOTHER rock, feeling we’d veered off course etc.
My saint of a husband, though, despite being terrified himself kept his cool and was absolutely amazing. And Friz... I mean, that dog is an absolute trooper and sweetheart! ❤️🐕 It was definitely a family bonding experience but will also not be repeated again anytime soon. 🤣
Kudos to us for having packed protein bars and lots of water and for having 2 fully-charged phones to use as flashlights and for not only hiking a trail up that was absolutely beyond our scope of experience, and for ultimately finding our way! 🙌🏻🎉👊🏻🌟 We stopped on the way back to get pizza because... see above... and had it with the bottle of delicious wine, then crashed with both our sweet pups. A great way to end things! 🤣🍕🍷