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Mount Washington Part 3

Just about two years ago, I wrote about our summiting of Mt. Washington for the 2nd time and mentioned that we aimed to do it every other year. Well…it was time.

The previous 2 times, we have climbed Tuckermans’ Ravine, which is one of the more popular trails. This year, I wanted to try something new. After a little research, we settled on the second most popular trails on the opposite side of the mountain. Ammonoosuc and Jewell. We climbed the Ammonoosuc Trail to the top and ventured down Jewell.

IMG_3502Jewell was an easier slope down and helped avoid the slippery rocks that you find on Ammonoosuc.

It is definitely a little intense looking up in the clouds and know that’s where you are walking to. You can’t even see the summit.

 

 

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The hike itself was absolutely beautiful. It was so scenic and kept you mesmerized the entire hike. The trail follows a beautiful waterfall up until you break the tree line.

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Bacon loved every time there was a little pool for him to jump in and cool off.

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If you can’t tell from the pictures, it was a steep slope and unlike Tuckermans, there weren’t nicely laid out stairs for you to walk up. It made you concentrate a lot more on where you were stepping. But the views were just incredible.

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Brent is TERRIFIED of heights, and would die if he knew what was behind him. He was hilarious to watch climb, simply because he wouldn’t turn around to look at the amazing views. Instead, I decided to snap pictures to show him after he “Was on solid, flat ground” as he described it.

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Just about half way, there is a larger hut that allowed you to warm up a little and take a seat to fuel up. In the picture above, you can see the post amongst the clouds that marks the summit. It is about 1.8 miles away. Not too bad right?!

Just after the hut, there is a really pretty lake…or perhaps an infinity pool??!

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Once we reached the clouds, pictures became impossible. Visibility was just about 10ft so unfortunately, we weren’t able to get any pictures of the views from top. We did grab a picture at the summit marker though.

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Literally, standing in a cloud. It’s cold, windy, and rainy. In case you were wondering. The weather at the summit was 42 degrees with a 20mph wind. So it felt like 32. Chilly.

Once we were at the bottom again, we had to snap a photo of where we just were. See those clouds??

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OOHHH YEAAA.

We are already talking about our next hiking/camping trip and maybe doing a smaller mountain. No need to do the highest peak on the east coast every time. But knowing us, go big or go home.

What’s your favorite hiking mountain??

 

Berry Overnight Oats and Wekiwa Springs

Yesterday morning, I took the pups for a 2 mile walk just to tire them out before I ventured off to work. By the time I got back, I was DYING for some breakfast. I had whipped up some overnight oats the previous night and pulled that out of the fridge. As a rule of thumb for making them quickly, sin recipe, I use:

  • 1/3 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 Cup Yogurt
  • 1/3 Cup Milk

For this one, I used Almond Milk and Silk Vanilla Yogurt. Vegan Friendly 🙂

In the morning I topped it off with frozen strawberries that had been warmed in the microwave, 1/2 Banana and my Homemade Granola (I’m not kidding that it made a TON).

I added some cinnamon and Chia seeds to the mix the previous night. I LOVE adding the frozen berries that are heated up on the oats because it adds a natural sweetness and gives it a ton of flavor. I didn’t add any sweetener to this and it really doesn’t need it.

This is just a second example of a berry Overnight Oats. It has the same base as the previous one, but on top are previously frozen blueberries and fresh raspberries. Yum. Yum.

Work was cut short at the office today because it was the docs birthday, so I left a little early and got the chance to FINALLY go to Wekiwa Springs. I have never been but have been dying to give it a try.

Wekiwa Springs is a National Park located just north of Orlando. So if you are in the area, you are talking a 20 minute ride. It is absolutely beautiful. They have a whole bunch of things that you can do in the park, including Hiking, Swimming, Kayaking, Horse Back Riding, Mountain Biking, Camping and I’m sure I’m missing much more. It is $6.00 per car to enter the grounds but once you enter, there are no other fees.

They have tons of maps to grab on your way to prevent you from getting lost, THANK YOU. The trails range from under a mile to over 13 miles. We chose the Orange trail, which was 5.3 miles considering we only had a short amount of time before the park closed and it was dark.

To get on the trail, you pass one of the springs, which was so pretty.

I could definitely spend a dat here. They also have a lazy river that you can just float along all day. Rough life. Next time, the lazy river.

The trail was covered in sand the majority of the way. But the trees and grasses changed just about every half mile. Drastically.

Anyone feel like a movie??

At some points, I really felt like Jurassic park could have been filmed here…picture a dino peeping it’s head over this…

Right??! Maybe?!

On the hike, we saw TONS of deer. We saw a few doe, and 1 MASSIVE BUCK. He was so close to us too! I have never seen one that up close, with massive antlers. I’m from the north and saw deer all the time, but it was actually really cool to be standing 10 feet away from them. The only deer I caught a picture of was this little doe hiding in the bushes.

See it?? Haha, not really the greatest picture of a deer, but what can I say…

There were tons of grasshoppers, squirrels and the usual things you would expect. AND THEN THIS THING:

That…you couldn’t miss. It was MASSIVE. I had trouble getting a picture of it because my camera kept focusing on the trees behind it…but Brent said it was a Banana Spider. Normally, I don’t believe him right away because he has a habit of just saying things so matter of fact that he really sounds like he knows what he is talking about. I have found, that my friend, is not always the case.

In this case, he was completely correct. That is EXACTLY what it was. Apparently they aren’t poisonous but will bite you. Mer.

Overall, the hike was FANTASTIC. I was great cross training for the half marathon and was a great time. The pups were exhausted by the end of it, which is never a bad thing. Just be careful with the ticks. They are definitely out in full force.