Ok, so new idea for blog posts… hike recaps. I mean, come on, this seems like a fabulously spectacular idea. I might not write about every hike, because I go A LOT, and y’all would probably get sick of me flooding your inbox/reader with “and this weeks hike…”.
After a fairly rough start to the new semester, and hike plans which did not go as intended last weekend, it was really good to spend the day frolicking in the woods. Yesterday’s hike was one I did last January, so I figured why not check it off during another month of the year! This is actually a thing. The “grid”, hiking each 4k peak in NH during every month of the year. Life goal, maybe? I do have a goal to hike each peak in every season, that’s for sure.
In order to get to Mt. Waumbek you end up going over Mt. Starr King, a 52 with a view peak. Let me tell you, yesterday there were some killer views.
Ok, I kid I kid.
I may have now done this hike twice, and I may have also never seen the apparent “great views”. Last winter we were just as socked in. Oh well, we did choose to hike on a day forecasted for snow.
I really dig this hike, it’s an easy to moderate climb for the first 2.6 miles up to Starr King, and then an easy skip and hop for the next mile to Waumbek. Yesterday was the first hike I’ve done entirely in snowshoes, and to be entirely honest, I think I liked it more.
While I do love above tree-line summit days, there is something about just wandering in the forest all day. It’s comforting. It’s like a playground that I don’t really ever want to leave. All of the fresh powder and snowy trees definitely made the trail even prettier and more narnia-esque.
Another perk of this hike is that you can always be sure to come across a Grey Jay or two. These adorable fellas make you feel like a dang bird whisperer. Or, maybe we just are all bird whisperers after all? Thoughts to ponder.
Overall, this hike was one for the books. I think they all are, but for different reasons. No two hikes are the same and that’s one of the reasons I’m so hooked. I never really know what to expect, and I never will. Hiking is about the process, the meandering forest, the great views and the not so great views. It takes you out of the everyday, and for me, it makes me feel at home.
Another plus? Amanda and I not only added one BUT two pictures to our collection where we’re both actually smiling versus sticking our tongues out at one another. A+ job, Panda.
Aaaaaaand I leave you in good hands with the longest quote ever:
“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild