Monday, October 16, 2006

Fall Frolics

This weekend I decided that we should take advantage of the nice weather and go climb a local mountain. Chris and I wanted to hike it for a while now, but we just hadn’t had the time. I had been hoping to get some good foliage pictures as well, but that didn’t work out so well.

However, it was absolutely insanely packed with people! First of all, Mt. Monadnock is the most climbed mountain in the world. I’ve hiked it a number of times before, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people there before. There were actually three rangers acting as parking attendants since there were so many people there.

Hiking with so many people also presents a number of challenges. There are a lot of rocks to climb to get up this mountain, and we were constantly waiting for others to climb so that we could go. Also a lot of waiting on the way up for others to come down as parts of the path were only one person wide. (And also there were those rocks to climb.) On the way down we were going pretty quickly, or at least we wanted to. But again we were stuck behind slower people. At a couple of points we asked the various groups if we could pass, or at others climbed quickly off the side of the trail a bit so that we could get around.

So I guess it was kind of fun, but I certainly wouldn’t want to go back at such a popular time again. I much prefer it when you only pass a few other people out on the trail.

On the way up we had passed through a town that was having an event called “Scarecrows on the Common”. There were so many scarecrows through that they were all up and down a couple of the main streets, up to mile or so away from the common. I stopped and took pictures of a few of them. I liked this one because not only did they make the scarecrows, but they also made instruments to go with them.


Brittany's Corner said...

Glad you enjoyed the climb, too bad so many people were there!

LOVE the scarecrow picture. I wish they had that sort of stuff around here!!! maybe we should move to your neck of the woods, LOL

~Mel said...

At least it wasn't Mt. Washington where it got to 29* the other day!

That does suck that you had to climb around so many people.

The scarecrows are cute! I'm partial to the fact that they're playing instruments.

Christine R said...

Love hiking. You guys do so many things outdoors and with each other it's inspiring. I love hiking. It's my favorite activity but I'm often left to do it alone so I pass. The best was hiking in Hawaii. Lots of fun. I've also hiked up a mountain in NH...they called it man on the mountain? I don't think the man is there anymore or something. Gotta love living in a town that appreciates the arts!

Chris said...

Christy- you'll just have to come out here to visit sometime and we'll go on a hike together. I agree with you though, that hiking alone wouldn't be any fun.

Christine R said...

My man's got bad feet and I wouldn't mind hiking alone if I knew I would be completely safe. That's my hang up.

Chris said...

Well if you let someone know where you're hikign and when you think you'll be back, hiking alone is then semi-safe. Can you convince the kids to go for a hike with you?