That sounds bizarre.
Ben and I spent our late morning and afternoon hiking on Camp Smith Trail to a peak called Anthony’s Nose, and it was awesome!
We started on the trail at around 10:30 and first signed the little “guest book” (is that what they’re called on hiking trails?), which was hidden inside a sketchy wooden box. And then the adventure began!
The route was pretty steep and strenuous at some parts, which makes the hike more fun..for the first half. The trail on one side of the river is actually used by the military personnel who are part of the National Guard for training and rifle changes, but we did not witness any of that today. We did go up some heart-pumpin’ ascents:
Steeper than it appears. You can see us in action in my Instagram video!
Not gonna lie, my legs are still pretty sore today, and this hike was rough on my hamstrings and backside. They might rebel tomorrow. Must foam roll more!
I’m also convinced that I look like an idiot when I’m hiking for the following reasons:
- I nearly face-planted about 10 times.
- I constantly and violently swatted away the fleas and bugs that inevitably wanted to hike up MY nose.
- I yelled “Ohmygosh! A butterfly.” (Out of fear)
Good thing there weren’t too many people on the trail! And good thing my brother is a champ for dealing with me. We actually took turns carrying the backpack, which was probably nice for him considering he carried the backpack alone on our very first hike up an even more intense mountain. What a trooper.
When we reached this point…
The top of the green mountain in the right picture was our destination.
…the hiking description we brought along said, “At 2.7 miles, another rock outcropping with a view offers an excuse to stop before tackling the remaining unrelenting assault up Anthony’s Nose.”…….Alllllrighty then!
It wasn’t as bad as we anticipated, and we reached the summit before we knew it.
There was a short trail that took us to the outlook, where we enjoyed lunch and gorgeous views. Not to mention the weather was perfect!
One of my favorite parts though?
Peanut butter and peach jam sandwiches! Hiking food at its finest 😀
Then it was time for the descent, which Ben calls the quad burner. Thankfully it went by quickly. It’s kinda funny actually, because we kept asking ourselves as we stomped down the mountain, “How did we climb this before? I do NOT remember it being this steep.” It gives us the illusion that we were invincible for climbing up that mountain, when in reality, we were just super tired walking down the mountain, and anything uphill at that point seemed insane.
We ended up covering 6.2 miles roundtrip, and figured out that we took the longest route possible. We thought we would be finished with the hike by 1:00, but it was longer than we thought, and we ended at 2:30. Well, I guess if we’re gonna hike, we better GO HARD OR GO HOME. 😉
I’ve had a bunch of snacks including this new-to-me flavor of Chobani:
Quite satisfying. But I guess hiking makes you ravenous, because I am more than ready for dinner already! I’ll leave you with one of my favorite pictures 🙂
Have a good Friday evening!
So tell me: Have you gone on a tough hike before? What are your favorite hiking snacks? Are you terrified of all bugs?