Last night I had this brilliant idea that JG and I should get up early (4 ish) and go for an early morning hike – maybe even catch the sunrise. He reluctantly agreed. I woke up at 3:50 a.m. and decided to lay there just a little longer – which turned out to be 4:45. Okay, we might not see the sunrise on top of a mountain, but it’s still early enough to beat the crowds.
We decided on Peaks of Otter – Sharp Top. This is a hike I had not tried, however, I have hiked it’s twin – Flat Top twice. As we headed down the Interstate, we saw the fog interfere with the sunrise.
We arrived as the first wave of early morning hikers were about to leave the parking lot. I had not attempted this hike before because even though it is only 3 miles round trip, it is very steep, rocky, and every book has it listed as “strenuous.” But today I was feeling frisky and while it was a major “huff and puff” going up, we made it.
It was quite humid, so we are pretty much soaked by the time we reach the top. Even though it was a bit hazy, it was a very rewarding vista.
It was a wonderful way to celebrate our nation’s birth. I haven’t been such a proud American lately, at least not politically. But the mountains remind me that there is so much more to this great country of ours than a few bad seeds in Washington.
Now I am completely exhausted and achy, so I plan to spend the rest of the day with my feet propped up. Hope you all are having a good day!