Sunday, October 7, 2018

Fall Colors on Waumbek, 9/30/2018

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Waumbek
9/30/2018
Starr King Trail
7.2 miles round-trip
2,650 feet of elevation gain

For the first time since August, I hiked with Mom and did not solo hike.  This time, Sage went ahead and Mom and I hiked around 15 minutes behind her.  The sun had risen when we began our ascent.



The fall colors were vivid...



Mom!


There were lovely views from Starr King:




When we arrived at the viewpoint just past the summit of Waumbek, Sage was there eating.  So, we shared the viewpoint with her and then waited to give her a fifteen-minute head start for the descent.







The light shone through the trees and accentuated the beautiful green, orange, and yellow fall colors.


I had a nice time on our hike!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Solo Hike of Cabot, 9/22/2018

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Cabot
9/22/2018
York Pond Trail, Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail
2,400 feet of elevation gain
9.6 miles round-trip

I solo hiked Cabot on Saturday, and I had a great time!  It was chilly and the leaves were turning; I could feel that fall had arrived.


There I went...



A lovely little bridge:


Feeling good...



Fresh morning sky:


Going up...


Some beautiful leaves turned red and orange:






The intersection with Kilkenny Ridge Trail:



The trail was bespeckled with colorful fall leaves.



I took a few pictures at the viewpoint on the way up to Mt. Cabot:




After that brief stop, I continued...


I was excited to arrive at Cabot Cabin.



I hiked past the cabin for a couple tenths of a mile to tag the summit of Cabot.


After that, I went back to the cabin and had a snack.  I heard mice crawling and squeaking above me in the ceiling the whole time, which was a little unsettling but also amusing.


Heading down, looking up...


The leaves cast many intricate shadows on the ground.




The ascent of Cabot is enjoyable; the trail is lovely!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Solo Hike of Cannon, 9/17/2018



Cannon
9/18/2018
4.0 miles round-trip
2100 feet of elevation gain

Last Monday, I solo hiked Cannon Mountain.  I started the hike at around 5:00 am since I had an AP English Language class in the morning that I needed to attend that day.  Soon after I began the hike, I delayered and took off my fleece.  




The sky was a dark and mysterious blue-gray.




The sky lightened as the sun came up.  I had multiple viewpoints while hiking, thanks to the many gaps in the trees.



The gradual sunrise was beautiful.



I like this picture; I was luckily able to capture perfect purple clouds with pink bases.



The viewpoint was rewarding.  Here are some pictures I took from there:







The summit of Cannon up ahead:


I continued...




Looking back...







I was happy to see the summit structure.  It was a beautiful morning. 






I saw lovely views from the top:









Pano:






Summit selfie:


After a little while, Sage and Mom, who were hiking the mountain as well (but significantly behind me so I could hike solo), caught up with me, and we spent some time at the summit together.



Coming down...

The leaves are turning already!  Time flies.



Trailhead:



It was a nice hike.