What were we thinking? #SOL19 #writeout

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My husband and I love to hike. Our vacation time is often spent in locations with access to trails. A few weeks ago he suggested we climb Mt. Monadnock in southern New Hampshire, just over an hour from us. The foliage in our area is pretty spectacular at the moment, so the timing was perfect. How hard could it be? Monadnock is one of the most hiked mountains in the world with over 125,000 people climbing it every year, according to All Trails. The guide states, “The hiking trails are very steep in places and can be rocky.” Please note steep in places and can be rocky. Steep I can handle. I’ve done steep before. And hikes often have rocky scrambles near the summit and even at the bottom to get started.

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Um…HELLO! It was 2 hours of solid rock all the way up one trail and 3 hours of solid rock all the way down. And these weren’t rocks obediently laying down flat to step onto easily with your boots. No, they were upright, jutting out of the mountain’s bedrock, forcing you to use all the brainpower you could muster to make constant decisions. Which rock to land on? Which foot to lead with? Should I use my poles or disassemble them and stow them away in my backpack? Should I put my hand down onto the rocks to climb up? Nose over toes! Exhausting!

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But we made it, and we did it together. After we made it back to the bottom and sat down (very difficult to stand up again!) to our picnic lunch, we both burst out laughing. What were we thinking?


Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here each Tuesday and every day in March. Won’t you join us?


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