Another beautiful day for a hike that has been on my list for quite some time. Gabrielle joined us this day. I remember meeting her on a trail over a year ago, and she blew by me so fast, I never got a good look at her. She still moves pretty fast, so she is the perfect hiking partner. The morning was cool and breezy. Mark kept us all on our toes by misplacing his glasses at one of our brief rest stops. After emptying his pack (yes, everything but the kitchen sink was in it, but no glasses)he found where they had fallen off a rock and into a bush. Meanwhile, I heard Gabrielle ask if I wanted to turn around and go back because it was so cold. I couldn't believe my ears; say it isn't so Gabrielle!
It didn't take long to convince her we'd be fine and we were on our way again. A few more hours into the hike ,Gabrielle surprised us once again by asking if we could take... a break
. OMG, then she pulled out a Paradise Bakery sandwich to share and all was right with the world again.
So, don't ever go hiking with 2 great hikers who have 2 totally different GPS tracks of the Ridgeline. And they both think they are the one with the right track. Geez, I nearly had to break up a couple of brawls over who was going the right way. But since you really can't get lost on Ridgeline, we managed to finally make it to Siphon Draw with no bloody incidents.
This whole trip was kind of like having a baby. It is painful, you say you will never do it again, but I have since forgotten how difficult it was and am ready to do it again. Hike that is, not have a baby. Thanks guys, for a great day. Gabrielle, I'll take the Paradise Bakery chicken salad on whole grain next time.