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KathyC
05-28-2012, 08:09 AM
Last Friday me and my BF Walter did a hike, Boulder Loop Trail by the Albany Covered Bridge off of the Kanc. I did this trail 18 years ago with my brother in law, we pretty much raced to the top, took a quick picture and then raced back down. It was the last time I had hiked because there was no enjoyment in it what so ever and a few other reasons.

When we left Attitach in the morning it started to rain and as we drove up Passaconaway Rd. it was pretty steady. But Walter is my cheer leader, he said we'll get there and see how it goes, he knew how much I wanted to do this. We got there and it was just misting so we started. There really wasn't much flat ground, it was basically all up, it was wet and slippery sometimes, but we watched our step. He asked a few times if I wanted to go back, but I was OK. He was showing me how to follow the trail and blazes and when I was in front of him, not to just stop because that was dangerous especially when we're on wet rocks.

It was so cool because you could hear the rain falling on the leaves above you, but your not getting rained on. We ran into a couple from Mass. a few times, we chatted a bit and they shared their bug spray. The bugs were terrible, we have quite a few bites...

We finally made the ledges and I was so happy and so proud of myself. It was cloudy on top where you couldn't see much of anything, but I saw a lot. It was only a 3 mile loop and not a 4000 footer like so many here do, but to me it was huge and I felt like I was on top of the world. We took our time looking around, took some pictures, we sat and caught our breath. The trip down went quickly and at the end I was a bit sore, sweaty and dirty but felt like a million bucks. I'm looking forward to the next one...... :D


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I love our hikers!
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We saw a bunch of Chipmunks along the way, this little guys let me take his picture.
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Yay for me!!
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My Cheerleader...
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Just enjoying..
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Snow Miser
05-28-2012, 09:32 AM
Congratulations on your return to hiking Kathy! As you know now, hiking isn't a race to the top, nor does it have to be climbing 4,000 footers. It's whatever you want it to be. Short trail, long trail, no mountain, low mountain, or high mountain. The beauty of it is just being out there in nature with good people. :)

Very nice TR and photos! Looking forward to seeing photos from next hike. Thanks for sharing.

BAXTERCA2
05-28-2012, 10:05 AM
YAY for you Kathy.....It's great you have a cheerleader too, that can be very helpful

"Hike your own hike"

Charlie
05-28-2012, 11:08 AM
All right Kathy looks nice up there ,now that im moving up there i will have to give it a try
So when will we see you at Seek the Peak lol

ow2010
05-28-2012, 11:39 AM
Way to go, Kathy! As Bob said, 4K footers aren't the only worthy mountains out there. Congratulations on a great hike.

KathyC
05-29-2012, 03:47 PM
Thanks Bob, Karen Charlie and OW210. I need to get into a little better shape, if anything my shins hurt the most the next day, go figure...

Charlie: I already put in to volunteer this summer for STP. Just keeping my fingers crossed that everything is OK here in Jersey when that time comes around.

Addicted
05-30-2012, 10:58 AM
Kathy, I did this hike myself, although it was in the winter. Nice little loop! If you want a couple of other nice 'trainers' to do, Mt Willard is nice and not that long and the view into Crawford notch is excellent! Arethusa Falls is also a worthy shorter hike, and the fall is great!

Jimmy Legs and Little d
05-30-2012, 02:34 PM
Kathy,
Nice hike! We did the loop several years ago too. Bob summed it up exactly as what I would have said about hiking. New Hampshire has so much to offer and that's one of the reasons we fell in "love" with the White Mountains 20 years ago.
And I'll put in a plug for Maine too.
Donna:D

KathyC
05-30-2012, 06:42 PM
Thank you Addicted, last night I was searching for other smaller hikes on line and looking through my AMC hiking books. Mt. Willard did come up as one of them.

Jimm Legs and Little D, I've also been going there for 20 years and can never get enough no matter what I do. I just find the area so beautiful and relaxing, I feel at peace when I'm there and always hate to leave.

ow2010
05-30-2012, 07:25 PM
I'll second Mt. Willard. We were just there last weekend and boy is it grand! The hike isn't too difficult either.

Trailsend
05-30-2012, 10:05 PM
Congratulations Kathy well done!!!!