Our October 31st hiking destination was to be the summit of Pigeon Mountain! That meant it was time to dig out my Halloween costume and pack it in my pack to donne for a devilish summit shot. If there is a reason to celebrate than count me in, I will embrace it to the fullest extent of the occasion!
We began the assault on the steep slope!
I like how the clouds move and create shadows across the mountains.
our group summit shot
Once our business on the summit was dealt with, we rapidly as possibly began our descent. I was cold and felt like I had been spun out of control in that crazy wind. Yet, that did not stop me from still taking time to "remember to breathe" because it was truly very pretty now. Before moving on I captured the summit view.
I checked back to have one more look at the summit of Pigeon Mountain from another angle.
It was becoming prettier and prettier.
That dark disguise on the left added a touch of spooky to the pretty!
the clouds whirled & twirled
...what looked like a cauldron spewing out a brew...
but a tasty brew
We were fortunate today to not have to contend with ice or snow.
The slopes are steep in this neck of our playground
so the lack of those wintry conditions made for easier travel.
As you can see in the lower right corner, I got kissed today!
That's what I like to call it!
Someone is watching over me!
One last look a way back at the summit where we were!
One last look in front of us before heading into the trees.
We were ready to roll and I shot one last shot of the blue sky and sunshine.
The last five to six kilometers went by very quickly. I was happy to be out of the wind and back into warmth again. I always enjoy my adventures up Pigeon Mountain. There is lots of effort to reach the summit but the work is worth it the minute you reach the open and are awarded outstanding views. It's not a far drive from the city and it is a mountain that you can almost count on owning. We did share the terrain with the hunters today but both parties knew we could each co-exist here safely.
Thank you for today!