Saturday, April 10, 2021

The practice hike.

Memorable Automobiles from The Past:

 1967 Corvair Monza

For today:

For our test run, we headed back to Standing Indian Mountain near Franklin NC where the seed had been planted in my girl’s mind to hike the trail.

As in many mountains there are easy hikes and tough hikes to get to the top. We had always taken the easy walk to the top but on this adventure, the first with REAL backpacks, WE (I) chose the one that goes practically straight up and a little rough. I was in a hurry to get to the top to start this ‘great adventure.’ My first REAL mistake. If you are backpacking there is no real reason to HURRY.

Okay, after climbing 30 minutes, we are already tired and we were ready to take a break. I took off my pack threw it on the ground and said: “Honey, we have done some stupid things in our lives, but this is the stupidest one yet!” That was not fair to my girl, she had followed all my very crazy dreams, this was her idea. So we took a few minutes to rest and continued the climb, the rest wasn’t so bad. LOL

On that short 2 days trip, we met only one hiker as I remember. I do not remember getting his trail name, because we were not familiar with trail names at that time.

There was one very ‘neat part of the hike, and Sherry didn’t even fuss. WE walked a 50 foot rock ledge, at times as narrow as 6 inches across a rock wall with a drop-off of about 100 feet. The rock wall angled back so we could lean on it, so really wasn’t that dangerous, but looked like it.

Oh, one other thing that was significant, we passed a fire tower, there were many names carved into the wooden structure the name that stuck out was “ERIC RUDOLPF”.  At that time he was hiding out in the North Carolina Mountains. He was the Olympic Bomber.  

Eric declared our government illegal under Bill Clinton and his  plan was to raise that awareness and get enough support to overthrow the government. To get attention he exploded a bomb during the Atlanta Olympic games.

This is "In Tents" (Intense) I asked if I could take a picture, he said," Yeah as long as I don't have to get up! This was taken on our real hike in Vermont.

Anyway, the two day hike was successful for us, so we were sure we were ready to tackle that over 2000 miles of hiking. LOL  I planning 16 miles a day. LOL


PS  Chatty mentioned the movie, "A Walk in the Woods." It is a good movie BUT like most movies , the book is much better. 



Glenda said...

This is exciting!!! So happy to re-read about your adventure! There are some new notes that I missed in the past, what a refresher! It's like reading "Gone With the Wind" again! What a wonderful experience. Y'all have much to be proud of ~l ove all the photos ~ amazing that Indian Mountain! Hugs from Chobee, Glenda

Mevely317 said...

Oh man, you guys are made of sterner stuff than most of the population! Just reading about that ledge gives me the 'willies.' So glad to be among your (virtual) spectators!

betty said...

I don't think I would have enjoyed that ledge! Slow and steady wins the race I think with hiking the trail; I think you guys probably learned that along the way!


Chatty Crone said...

I am loving it.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

I did a very stupid thing when young(er). I led a group out camping by the mountains. One morning I woke up early. They were all asleep. It was a beautiful sunny morning. I climbed the mountain alone. No one knew where I was. I did not leave a note. Pretty stupid thing to do.

God bless.

yaya said...

I enjoy the beauty of mountains but not the height! I have no desire to hike up one but will enjoy your adventures from the safety of my computer room! You and Sherry are an inspiration!

My Tata's Cottage said...

You kids are brave troopers! We took the five pups on a walk around the two lakes near our home and at the open spaces. We had to walk downhill on a steep grassy area that lead straight into the road. COming back from our mild mannenred walk we took the long way to the curb and crossed the road. I once was taken to the medium level hike at Chataqua but as we walked and walked I notice a fifty foot drop off and one side and three chimmunks sitting on the legend on the other. I noticed the birds were not up that high and I thoguht maybe my kids had plans to dump me off the side of the sheer drop! daughter the middle said I was being dramatic. She threatened to take my phone from me so I could not call my hubby. Ha! There was a lady on the trail who appeared to be about 100. I am pretty sure she might have owned REI or one of the big outdoor stores as she had the whole outfit going on. I felt like I didn't wear the right clothes. You and SHerry R O C K !

P.S. We saw a similar car like the Corvair here this morning. It was red, very pretty. sigh....

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Yes, taking it slow and taking breaks would be a good idea. Slow but sure is my motto!

Glenda said...

Just now catching up on your writing, it's been hectic here. Company all weekend, birthday dinner today for a Marine Corp friend. Busy, busy, busy, however, it didn't include any mountain views. You make it so vivid. Love your posts, Jack. Y'all stay safe, warm hugs, Glenda