There are many kinds of connections. There are electrical connections but I'm not into that type of power trip. There are connections through linkedin but these days I'm letting those go by the way side. Today the word "connection" is twofold for us. We are connecting as friends after not sharing playtime in the mountains for almost a year and we are going on a power trip to complete a connection which began in July of last year. Today the plan in place was to hike up the North Approach to Mount Allan, then at the summit connect with where we reached the summit from the Ribbon Creek Approach on July 27 of last year. This link makes a connection to my story of that day.
burst of beauty
We spent quite some time ascending along the trail before it opened up for a presentation.
Once the show started it captivated me for many, many hours.
Around every corner, over each hill, down all valleys, there was a view to show appreciation for.
entering the north side rock garden
The trail skirted the edge of the rock garden, and in some places the very very very edge.
a bouquet of rocks
We had just one more last big climb ahead.
WOW! I made it!
Sometimes when I get high, I get a little dizzy!
It was all down hill from here on in except for the odd little incline here and there.
The trail followed below the stretch of the rock garden.
I believe he laid down trying to blend in and thought maybe we would not see him. Or maybe he laid down to pretend he was dead. As we passed by he did come down of his rocker and begin to come our way. That lead me to believe he is probably used to getting food from folks.
It felt empowering to have succeeded today. I found it tough with the heat and humidity and with not having worked up to these kinds of elevation gain numbers. I believe that new attitude that perculated is here to stay. That's what it is going to take to carry on having summiting success.
Thank you for today!
making the connection