Monday, November 3, 2008

When Nature Knocks You on Your Rear

Well, we made it! I'm happy to report that I did not get eaten by a bear, nor did anyone freeze to death! Actually, we could not have planned a more beautiful weekend.

It was one of those rare November weekends that is crisp but not cold, breezy but not blustery, and my word was it ever gorgeous. We set off, four brave adventurers, into the wild.

After about a mile I realized that at some point in the last few months I had acquired the joints (mainly the hips and knees) of a septuagenarian. I pulled myself up a rock and actually muttered 'Ohhh my hip,' that is just so sad is it not? It is, it's okay, you can say it, I KNOW. I spent the next few hours telling everyone that I was fairly certain I had bursitis. When we got home I googled bursitis to see if it meant what I thought it meant...It doesn't. I have got to stop using words I am not 100% sure of first. Without further ado, bursitis...

"You have more than 150 bursae in your body. These small, fluid-filled sacs lubricate and cushion pressure points between your bones and the tendons and muscles near your joints. They help your joints move with ease. Bursitis occurs when a bursa becomes inflamed. When inflammation occurs, movement or pressure is painful."

So now, not only have I been telling people that I was going to hike the Adirondack trail, I told people that my sacs are inflamed. Oh good Lord.

ANYWAY...I should stop the narration before this ends up somewhere completely unforeseen and just show you the wonder of our trip in pictures. (I just heard a collective sigh of relief didn't I?) I didn't take many actual hiking pictures, it was a pretty tough hike and I was trying to focus more on not, you know, dying. But was it worth it? Oh yeah.

We reached the top and all we could do was stare. Can you believe the colors down there? Some of us took some time to relax...

Some of us took some time to goof off (and give Bekah anxiety attacks)...

We then headed down the other side to find a place to set up out campsite and settle in for the night. One word folks...Coyotes.

After a restless night we packed up our site, and climbed back up to see the sunrise. Was it chilly? Um...yes. Was is worth it...again, YES.

(I never used to have a fear of heights, but something like it kicked in on this trip and I had a hard time getting close to the edges. Still, it was incredible.)

When I took the next picture I had to wonder how someone looks this attractive after waking up in a tent?

If you are ever in Virginia looking for something to do...I recommend hauling yourself up to this place...

You won't regret it!


  1. Bekah, you made it!!! Horray!

    The photos are spectacular, and it looks like you had a great time. Wonderful.
    So glad that you did not get eaten by a bear. LOL. NO really!


  2. so pretty! makes me want to go hiking. well...maybe. at least go on a walk;-)

  3. I'm glad to hear you made it out alive. And with some great pics!!

    I know what you mean about feeling like an old lady. I went bowling recently, and my whole body was hurting. Bowling is kicking my butt???? Really???? Now that's bad!! :)

  4. My goodness - by the look of those backpacks I thought you were marching off into the wilds for at least a week. No wonder you sacs are inflamed - I'm surprised your back didn't give out too...

    Great to hear you made it back in one piece - in spite of the coyotes and bears.

  5. Wonderful photos Bekah! They are stunning! Especially the silhouette. Sounds like you enjoyed the trip! Coyotes..great sounds! Thanks for sharing.:)

  6. i like the picture of you by the tree. it's peaceful. and i'll probably remember that picture above the others.

  7. Looks like an awesome trip. Love the pictures.

  8. Oh my goodness it looked so beautiful! And FUN!!

  9. What gorgeous views, must have been totally worth it!

  10. Yeah for surviving! Thanks for sharing that great sunrise with us. So very beautiful!

  11. Yikes pull that boy back up and take away his beer! Whatsa matter with you!? Beautiful photos!! I will be sending your prizes tommorow!!


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