I did it! I can tick Mount Arrowsmith off my list. Not only did I do it all the way to the top, but I did it in wet, windy weather: slippery rocks and roots and enough wind at the top that I felt the need to hold on to someone or some thing.
I’ve been thinking about this mountain for a long time – always felt too afraid to try it. Yes, there was one semi-exposed section, but really, it just involved being sure about where you place your feet and heaving yourself upward – for quite a while.
Now the sad part: clouds. At the top we couldn’t see a blessed thing. The photos were taken near the bottom of the hike on the way down. First, because it was massively cloudy. But even then, I would have taken a photo at the top to prove I was there. I didn’t. One – because it was so windy I was afraid to let go of support. two – because my fingers were so cold and wet that they were frozen to the point where I couldn’t get my camera out of its case much less click the shutter.
I know, it sounds perfectly awful – but I am utterly elated that I did it! And I was not afraid! (except of the wind).
So – of the 15 who started out, 7 of us got to the top, including these three amigos – all newbies – none of us had done it before: Me, Linda, Kelly. Yay us!
Huge thanks to Paul who is the most awesome hike leader ever. And thanks to Rick who organized it and cares so much about everyone else’s welfare that he turned back too.
You know what felt really good? (other than getting back to the truck and diving into my chocolate bar?) – a long, hot bubble bath at home.