“WE NEED TO BE MORE ACTIVE!” I exclaimed to DK the other day. I say this a lot, particularly because our ratio of time spent watching Netflix to time spent outdoors is becoming wayyy too off kilter for my liking. And like they say on Game of Thrones: Winter is coming.
We like hiking. A few years ago, we started a tradition of hiking every time we go up north for long weekends. And then there’s the trails behind our house, where we take Norah whenever we can. Hiking is good for us. It doesn’t require much planning and we can just go. The only thing is, we aren’t so good about just going. Things get in the way, like chores or events or other obligations. And then when we do have a day free of plans, we just want to eat Chipotle and watch Breaking Bad. So when our friends invited us to hike Mt. Chocorua this weekend, I was all for it.
It’s peak season here in New England, which is the absolute best time for hiking. And also the best time for a long drive on 93 to take in the beautiful fall foliage. We left at 7am and roughly 2.5 hours later we hit the trails. The weather was perfect, a little chilly, but once we started moving I warmed up. Definitely better than sweating and panting up the mountain. The top was exceptionally cold though, thanks to the winds. We bundled up and inhaled some trail mix and granola bars, took some photos, and headed back down.
You know when people say “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”? That is definitely true for hiking. Think about it…you spend a couple hours climbing a mountain just to look around and then go back down. I mean, the view is pretty cool, but the real reason we do it is to connect with nature.
I may have connected a little too much and ended up gathering a bunch of pretty leaves which are currently being pressed under DK’s EMT book. I’m thinking of making some sort of collage or something…stay tuned for a DIY project in the near future!