The mountains are calling and I must go. ~ John Muir

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mount Greylock, Massachusetts ~ elevation 3,491 feet

June 9, 2007

Mount Greylock via the Thunderbolt Trail, 4 miles
Class 1; Elevation Gain 2,300 ft

Hitting the Appalachian Trail...
Julie joins the hike and the High Peaks Trio is formed

Tim and Julie got to the campground late Friday night, after Jim had already taken a beautiful waterfall hike during the day.  With boxed wine and flashlights, we pitched our tent and sat to chill by the fire in the drizzle.  Like a missile falling to the earth, we all heard the bird excrement plummeting through the air, seconds before it landed on Tim’s hand.

Our hike up Greylock started off with a race up a short, steep section of the trail.  It didn’t last long, however, because, as the trail we opted for that day was one of the shortest it was, therefore, also one of the steepest trails to the summit. 

Jim and Tim at the summit

The road up to the summit was closed, so we pretty much had Greylock to ourselves.  We enjoyed our hummus, cheese, and pita in the wind, taking in the views of the Green Mountains, Catskills, Adirondacks, and White Mountains . 

Although eliminating lunch made Julie's pack considerably lighter, it didn’t seem like it had lightened enough.  After a search through all off the extra pockets and compartments, she discovered a handful of batteries and pens weighing her down!  She hiked all that way, in the heat, with the flies, carrying batteries…and Tim didn’t carry anything!

Julie at her first the summit,
and thrilled she isn't carrying the
batteries anymore!

Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower