Richards Mountain

image This was a remarkable day: warmth and glorious sunshine. The puppies and I were on the trail shortly after nine a.m. and spent the next five hours exploring Richards Mountain.

This turned out to be a crazy fun endeavour. I’d done the mountain once with Penny but hadn’t really paid a great deal of attention to the various trails, twists and turns – and, believe me, there are an awful lot of trail choices to make. It took very little time for me to understand that I was nowhere near the trails I had navigated earlier in the year with Penny.

But that was the fun part: what can be better than “getting lost” on a mountain and mapping the entire beast on my internal GPS. I did have my “real” GPS in my backpack but I still much prefer the one in my brain. I also had Shanara with me, who has the doggy equivalent of my sense of trails and direction. Together we explored every trail we found, turned back from quite a few, descended into at least one gully and climbed back up, backtracked a few times. And that was perfect because that’s how you map a mountain: find out where the wrong turns are and discover the right ones. Shanara conferred with me all the way and made excellent trail decisions.

As far as non-alpine hiking goes, this day was perfect.

Perfection continued after we got home: a shower, fresh clothing, chocolate and, best of all, cuddling with the Love of My Life. Okay – kissing too.

I don’t believe my life can get any better than this: the patio doors are open: an ocean breeze, sunshine, contented dogs, Simon and I settling down to write. Ahhhhh – contentment.
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