On a misty September 3rd, my friend Marty and I headed off for a trek to Mt. Waumbek. We knew from the outset that we would be doing this trek just for the pure pleasure of being in the forest. Of course, that particular element is present to a certain degree for all hikes. However, a misty day seems to infuse an added dimension by transforming your journey into a "walk in the woods", rather than a "sprint to the top". The more relaxed pace heightens your awareness of trailside features that might otherwise go unnoticed. And ergo, like magic, your hike has been spiced up with some variety!
Well, with that overly philosophical introduction, shown below are a few photos that show some of the trailside features that added some spice to our trek to Mt. Waumbek on a misty September day.
The trail disappearing into the mist
The Gray Jays . . . of course!
Lots of Fungus Among Us
Occasional rays of sun filtering through the mist
Marty and I were not the only people who were hiking the Starr-King Trail to Mt. Waumbek. We talked with a lot of very nice folks who seemed to be thoroughly enjoying their day in the woods. Among the people we met were Big Earl and his hiking companion Sue. Readers of the Views from the Top (VFTT) hiking forum are very familiar with the adventures of these two strong hikers. Shown below is a photo I snapped of Big Earl and Sue. Don't they look fresh as a daisy!? Well, would you believe that they had already completed a hike earlier in the day to another NH 4K peak, i.e. Mt. Moosilauke!
We also met Summerset who was accompanying her 10 year old son Cameron. He was hiking Mt. Waumbek to complete his #23 of the NH 4K peaks! Summerset chronicles Cameron's hiking adventures, as well as her own, on a Blog entitled "Peakbagging New Hampshire's 48 4,000 Footers" (Click HERE to access her Blog.)
Shown below is a snapshot taken of Summerset and Cameron.
To sum it up, a good way to add some variety and to spice up your hiking menu is to toss in an occasional dash of "mist". This ingredient has the makings for a winning recipe!