However, I have no reason to be depressed. My family, though not with me, has their health. I have my health. I am not really alone, I still have my dad with me and he's not doing all that bad. I got calls from home and talked to most of the family. I read all of my favorite blogs regaling wonderful tales of Christmas. Plus....I am sure I got some badly needed extra sleep. So all in all, not a bad day.
Yesterday, I got right back at it with a dog to board and groom. Today, I have been busy cutting and sewing the "Adopt Me" bandanas I make to help rescued animals find a new 'furever' home. If you haven't seen them before, they are in my online Etsy store at:
Tomorrow, I have three dogs coming for boarding for about three days and one for grooming. So it will be a busy week.
Normally my niece fly's out the day after Christmas and spends a week with me and her grandpa, but not this year. This year, she is eighteen, a senior, with LOTS of friends and more to do back home in Indiana than visit us. She is a joy to have around and I am missing her company.
Since she is not with me this time, I thought I would look back on the hiking excursion that Kaitlin and I took last year after Christmas '09. It was fun looking at the pictures I took and remembering back to that day!
Our hike began on a cloudy, cool day. We decided to hike Silly Mountain which is not far from the house.
A partial shot of Silly Mountain where the climb begins
Beginning of the trail head with the famous
Ship Rock Mountain in the background.
The Ship Rock is at the Southern most
boundary of the Superstition Mountain Range.
The beginning of the trail is fairly flat.
Kaitlin and I both snapped shots of the landscape which was
beautiful even though it was a gloomy day.
At first, the hill in front of us didn't seem that high.
It wasn't long before we reached a fork in the road.
Guess which one Kaitlin wanted to take?
Yep you guessed it, the Huff & Puff trail!
And boy was it ever huff & puff!
The views were breathtaking and worth it!
It didn't take Kaitlin long to leave her Aunt in 'the dust' so to speak!
She, being young and fit, AND a rock climber, had no
problem navigating the slippery shale rock paths.
Me, being old and unfit, was just a tad bit slower
and more careful with my footing!
The higher we got, the colder and winder it became.
The distance one could see was incredible.
There is actually a path that takes you around
to the other side of this outcropping.
You can see a portion of it about mid-way up the left-hand side of this picture.
At this point, I had to admit my limitations and my love for life
and declined to follow Kaitlin around this next bend.
Irritated with myself for not being able to keep up with a seventeen year-old,
I sat and caught my breath while she explored the highest peak.
As we began our descent down Silly Mountain
(I have yet to learn why it's named such,
as I kind of wanted to rename it Stupid Mountain!)
we could see a plume of smoke off in the distance.
Although you can't see it in this photo, we could occasionally
see bright orange flames licking up into the air.
Later that night on the news,
we learned the fire was a warehouse
burning nearly thirty or fourty miles away.
Kaitlin and I had a fabulous time traipsing over this Mountain. We both agreed that we wanted to make this climb again sometime, which I had kind of thought we would do this Christmas. However, not to be. It is ironic that the weather today is exactly the same as our climb last winter. And sharing our excursion has allowed me to relive the experience. I think we hiked Silly Mountain again today in Spirit!
I highly suggest this hike for anyone that might be visiting in the area. It is well worth the time and truly not that difficult. Well......maybe you don't want to take the Huff & Puff trail!!!!