First Hike of the Season
After a hearty breakfast with friends and a relaxing morning, I decided to return to Ragged Mountain. I stayed closer to the trail and made it to the overlook. It was a beautiful spot and I remained there for a while. I took wide shots, panoramas, zoomed in on the distant mountains. As I was packing up thinking of getting home to look at my new treasure, I thought of a new idea. This shot. Once again, I found myself on a cliff's edge relishing in the accomplishment of reaching my destination. I'm glad I stayed as I ran into a few other hikers and their dogs. I offered to take their photo and tagged along with them completing the short loop around the mountain top. We ran into other hikers and even some who were gearing up to repel down the rock face. We passed through mud traps, streams and hiked up steep rock formations. Ragged mountain has earned its name in my book. We made it back 3 hours later. I told my fellow hikers I appreciated letting me tag along as I'm sure I would have gotten lost again. Despite my feet hurting, I was full of appreciation for the day.