Praise the Lord, though, the rain went away and the sun came out the last 3 days. It was such a rare event, Matt and I both got off work early on Thursday and Friday to get outside and enjoy the weather. I could just stand in the sun and soak it in for hours (which I did when Matt and I dragged our little table and chairs to the big lawn for lunch where the sun was shining).
We also went to enjoy the mountains...because hiking in sunshine is so much more enjoyable than in the rain!
Thursday, when we both got off about 2:30, we hiked Flattop - one we had done before but knew it was a good 3 hour hike since I had to work the next day. The parking lot at the trailhead was packed. I mean cars were everywhere fighting over spots. It reminded me of a shopping mall on black Friday. Each man for himself. (Can you tell I'm going through shopping withdrawals?)
But it was beautiful.
Mocha is getting really good at this hiking thing. Though her bad hip wears her out towards the end. We forced her to the top this time around. The summit is so steep, Matt had to literally pick her up and I had to pull her collar to help her get up a few spots. My overprotective side kinda freaked out a few times, as well did Mocha. But the views from the top were worth it (as always).
|Enjoying the short-lived view of the other side when the fog cleared a bit|
|Enjoying the small accomplishments of reaching a ridge|
It was intense, but when we reached the top, God blessed us, and the skies cleared and we could see for miles and miles. It is one of the higher peaks around and which was obvious as the sights.
We were all tired once we reached the car...well almost reached the car. About 50 feet from the trailhead and our vehicle, Mocha decided she was too tired to contine and laid down.
As challenging as it was, this hike ranks in the top of what we've experienced up here. I think this is one that we'll have to do again when company comes calling. Get prepared. :)