It was kind of a challenging weekend ... we decided to join a New England Over 50 Hiking meetup hike for Saturday. Meeting time 10 AM; with a 2.5 hour drive that meant getting out early. Not a big deal on the face of it, but ... my last winter hike was last season, and my last hike of any kind was almost two months ago.
Equipment got moved during house and family projects; it took me until 11.30 Friday night to get organized enough to finally decide I could go to bed and pack up in the morning - if I got up early.
Didn't want to be late for our first meetup! So with 5.5 hrs sleep we were on the road to Conway.
Gallery / slide show
So with a one-day window before the rain predicted, my boss graciously let me take Friday off on almost no notice
Ah Friday! No crowds, ample parking everywhere.
Despite it being foliage season and a perfect day, there were only 2 cars at the trailhead on 302.
All the way out to Resolution I only saw two people, descending Crawford.
Wanted some elevation and some foliage. And somewhere that I didnt think I'd get trampled.
Have been wanting to redo this loop for a while, decided to give it a try.
After feeding the cats & hanging some laundry, and having to drive to the trailhead from home (ugh!) still managed to
get on trail by 8.30.
Scooting up Rt 16 I blew past the scenic stop , but I just had to turn back and catch this ...
Only a couple cars in the lot at Diana's Bath. It was warm, but the high point of the DB season is past.
Not too long before Nancy heads south for the winter, and lots of stuff coming up over the next few weeks,
so we really wanted to get in a hike this past weekend. The forecast seemed promising after Saturday.
Cardigan was nominated.
I hadn't been back since winter, so was looking forward to seeing what it looked like, and also to getting out to a couple interesting smaller peaks.
So I worked out a little bit of a changeup.
Manning -> Mowglis -> West Ridge -> Skyland -> South Ridge -> Hurricane Gap -> Clark -> Holt-Clark Cutoff -> Holt
the route typed out is almost as long as the route on the ground
Friday I did a hard hike, followed by watching a parade Saturday. Sunday I needed to do something lesser , and that wouldn't add much driving.
I really didnt want to be nodding out all day Monday.
TLV let me off the hook, praise to her!!
When she said Table Mountain, though I really wasnt very excited.
We did it a few years ago, and somehow I got it into my mind that
it wasnt that impressive.
What the heck was I thinking ?