Often times, for me, a hike is all about movement, therapy and meditation.
My hike last week was to a 11,400 ft. summit of Twin Sisters in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are 54 mountain peaks that are 14,000 feet or more but I took the lazy day hike and only hiked 9+miles. The first 3 miles up was sort of boring. The trail was in the trees with a limited view (of anything) but at least the trail was cool and shady. Once the sun came out, the hiking got hot and humid and the mosquitoes came out in full force. It was nasty until I realized I had one of those bug repellant wet wipes in my pack. Oh, my, life was good again!
Near the top, above timberline there’s nothing to interrupt the view – it’s all mountains and sky!
When the trees disappeared, a boulder field was waiting for me to cross. When a storm is in the area, it’s best to stay far away from the exposed area but this was a perfect hiking day with blue skies and puffy clouds.
On the boulder field, others left stone markers, called cairns to help me stay on the trail. This small pile of rocks were like beacons and I was able to find my way to the summit easily.
The summit was rocky and rigid. The others at the top balanced on the rocks as they took pictures, ate lunch, and just relaxed after the long haul up.
So, where shall we go next?
- Putting one foot in front of the other… (mkmercurio.wordpress.com)
- 10 of the Best Places to Hike in the United States (imaginethespirit.wordpress.com)