Treasure Hunter and I have been looking forward to October, although not for the usual reasons. Yes, the bugs have died down, and the air has a beautiful crispness that makes hiking so much more pleasant. And yes, the golden autumn light and the falling leaves are absolutely gorgeous. It’s the perfect time to be living in the woods. If you weren’t jealous before, you can start now. Every day feels magical right now.
Which is why it is the most opportune time for us to share this time with much-missed loved ones! Last Friday, Treasure Hunter’s mom, The Bookie, returned to hike the trail with us and this time she brought his sister and niece along too! Between Saturday morning and Monday afternoon, the Janes (all of them share the middle name) hiked and camped 20 miles with us over the tallest mountain we’ve summited since Mount Mousilauke in New Hampshire. An impressive feat considering it was 8 year old Savannah “Olympian” Wells’s first time backpacking.
She struggled at first, but with encouragement and a certain amount of force, she got moving.
Treasure Hunter’s sister, Jesse, took on the trail name “Forget Me Not” after several shows of forgetfulness and of course in tribute to the bloom.
We were blessed with beautiful weather.
Our sunrise after camping at the summit. We slept above the clouds.
Our trek concluded with a series of waterfalls, ending in a 200 foot fall.
And a good time was had by all.
P.S. A special shout out to our friends Breanna and Fuzz at home who let Forget Me Not and Olympian borrow all their backpacking gear. Thanks guys! Now get that gear back and come hike with us!