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Heroes on Parade...

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Isn’t it an amazing feeling when we willingly do something for someone else without looking for compensation? After morning breakfast, I put the final stitches in a fabric book I made to be given to a needy child via Project Linus. It was my first book created with donated fabric panels that tell a story of about our heroes to children. Yes, the mission of Project Linus is to provide security through blankets to children in need. But, secondly its mission is to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children. It exemplifies the goodness of service to others. I’m so glad to be a part of this group of caring individuals. Today my chapter labeled over 50 handmade blankets to be distributed to hospitals, service agencies, Safe Homes, and children’s shelters. There were over 100 fabric books just waiting to be held by little hands!









Be a beacon of light to brighten someone’s hour of darkness, even if just for a little while.

  
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OPTIMIST1948 9/16/2012 6:59AM

    My son used to love books like that when he was littler (He's 5, so he's still little) So cute! Thank you for brightening someone's life!

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NPA4LOSS 9/9/2012 1:23PM

    emoticon I have a lap robe given to me when I was going through some Domestic violence issues. I still wrap up in it when I am feeling in need of thoughts that someone cares. What you are doing will affect someone for the better. emoticon emoticon

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KELPIE57 9/9/2012 12:58PM

    Well done you!

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KAYOTIC 9/9/2012 12:19PM

    Very cool...it does feel so much better to give than to receive, and I bet those kids love their books and blankies.... emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 9/9/2012 10:09AM

    Fabulous!!! You should be so proud!

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DMF2012 9/9/2012 8:46AM

    What a great cause - you must be proud to be active in it!

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BILL60 9/9/2012 8:10AM

    Way to give back!! Truly inspirational.

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IMREITE 9/9/2012 3:09AM

    I've done a couple afghans for project linus. it is such a simple and sweet idea to make a child know that strangers care about them and their health.

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BOOGITY12 9/8/2012 9:47PM

    Those are great!

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NEVERORNOW 9/8/2012 9:21PM

    Those are beautiful! Hats off to you for your work with Project Linus, it is an incredible organization and helps so many.

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JUMPINJULIE 9/8/2012 9:11PM

    that is awesome emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 9/8/2012 8:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That is so cool!

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Wanna Go Fishing?

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Remember your younger days when you woke up on a Saturday morning and planted yourself in front of the TV for hours to watch your favorite cartoon shows? Well, I did just that this morning! But instead of watching cartoons, I watched my younger son's work as a cameraman and videographer for the TV show "Wanna Go Fishing?" What a great show! What a great and gifted son!

  
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FITANDFIFTY2 9/24/2012 12:22AM

    Now that is one Huge catch!! emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 9/2/2012 6:36PM

    WooHoo!! I've never heard of the show....I"ll have to google it!

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BABY_GIRL69 9/2/2012 6:02PM

    Cool & God bless!! Dee

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DEBBYFROMMT 9/2/2012 12:44PM

    Great! How cool!

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NPA4LOSS 9/2/2012 11:13AM

    How proud you can be of raising such an accomplished son. I am not much of a fisher person but I ma going to check it out because I want to celebrate with you! emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/2/2012 10:45AM

    What A Joy! emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 9/2/2012 10:39AM

    that is awesome.

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DIANER2014 9/2/2012 9:28AM

    emoticon Big fish!

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GAYLLYNNE 9/2/2012 8:58AM

    That's fantastic!!! Nothing like being proud of our kids!!!!

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BILL60 9/2/2012 7:33AM

    You have to be very proud.

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BINGEFREEBABE 9/2/2012 7:26AM

   

That's fantastic!
Happy you're a proud mama!! emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 9/2/2012 7:24AM

    AWESOME!

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JSALERNO 9/2/2012 5:15AM

    emoticon I TRIED THAT ONE ONCE. IT WAS BAD WEATHER BUT I WAS OK UNTIL SOMEONE VOMITED ON MY FOOD.

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KELPIE57 9/2/2012 3:37AM

    emoticonone big fish

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DMF2012 9/2/2012 3:10AM

    That's one big fish!

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LINDA! 9/2/2012 12:12AM

    So cool!

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SASIKHASI1 9/1/2012 11:43PM

    That looks like fun.

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DJ4HEALTH 9/1/2012 11:30PM

    Nice flounder!! Love fishing!! Great talent that your son has! emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 9/1/2012 11:19PM

    That is so cool!

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JUDYAMK 9/1/2012 11:05PM

    Gosh what kind if fish is that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is awesome that your son has that kind of work, you are proud of him I read it in your words. Proud Mommy!!!!!!
Judy

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ANNESYLVIA 9/1/2012 10:56PM

    You must be so proud!

My DH is a legal videographer.

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Making New Goals.....

Saturday, August 25, 2012

It’s time for me to update my list of goals. My recent hike in New Hampshire has “sparked” me to plan a new adventure. This time the hiking and biking trails that I will blaze will be in Little Cottonwood Canyon as well as in the Grand Tetons. My hope is to make this trip to Utah and Wyoming sometime in October.

If there is one thing I have learned since joining SparkPeople, it’s the importance of planning. As of today, I am giving my fitness program a make-over. I will complete at least 5 days per week of a variety of cardio exercises, one hour each day; and I will complete a daily set of strength training exercises, alternating upper, core and lower body muscle groups. My nutrition will be closely monitored for improved balance of the different food groups. You can be sure that I will be using SparkPeople’s nutrition and fitness tracking tools daily to stay focused and on the right path.

A check list of “must have” items for my backpack will be created. My new boots have arrived and I will prepare an appropriate wardrobe list over the next few weeks.



(Hikers in Grand Tetons: http://www.nps.gov/grte/photosmultimedia/G
rand-Teton-Visitors-Gallery.htm)

What are your goals and how will you accomplish them?

  
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PLATSUZIE 9/16/2012 6:36PM

    I did some hiking near park city Utah three months ago. The experience of being on the mountain among the ever changing trees re-awakened my love of hiking. I have hiked some in New Hampshire and admit my envy of your accomplishment and plan to take your hiking wherever you please in the USA. I have spent time biking and sleeping on the Appalachian Trail. I read "WILD" and now want to do some exploring of the Pacific Coast Trail. AM GOING TO ACCOMPLISH! I no longer have backpack, proper footwear...but I am going to start with day hikes and rent gear to get going! Thanks for blogging to make that begin today rather than later in the week.

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PLATSUZIE 9/16/2012 6:25PM

    I did some hiking near park city Utah three months ago. The experience of being on the mountain among the ever changing trees re-awakened my love of hiking. I have hiked some in New Hampshire and admit my envy of your accomplishment and plan to take your hiking wherever you please in the USA. I have spent time biking and sleeping on the Appalachian Trail. I read "WILD" and now want to do some exploring of the Pacific Coast Trail. AM GOING TO ACCOMPLISH! I no longer have backpack, proper footwear...but I am going to start with day hikes and rent gear to get going! Thanks for blogging to make that begin today rather than later in the week.

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PLATSUZIE 9/16/2012 6:24PM

    I did some hiking near park city Utah three months ago. The experience of being on the mountain among the ever changing trees re-awakened my love of hiking. I have hiked some in New Hampshire and admit my envy of your accomplishment and plan to take your hiking wherever you please in the USA. I have spent time biking and sleeping on the Appalachian Trail. I read "WILD" and now want to do some exploring of the Pacific Coast Trail. AM GOING TO ACCOMPLISH! I no longer have backpack, proper footwear...but I am going to start with day hikes and rent gear to get going! Thanks for blogging to make that begin today rather than later in the week.

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BEAR_GURL 9/5/2012 3:44AM

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Thanks for sharing...you inspire me!


Hugs,

Melissa

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BIGBROTHER323 8/28/2012 4:56PM

    Awesome goals! Are you ordering the peices of your warddrobe as you meet certain criteria? Your doing great! I love the hiking thing. I once backpacked for 10 days through Austria! Glorious!

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NPA4LOSS 8/28/2012 3:48PM

    emoticon inspiration to get in gear for the fall! emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 8/28/2012 7:06AM

    Best of luck to you on your new goals. I lived in NH when I was in college and know the beauty you must have seen!! Enjoy your time outdoors!!

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USFBULL 8/28/2012 2:08AM

    New boots, way to go, although the duct tape is a pretty cool look.... LOL

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GOSPELCLOWN 8/27/2012 10:55AM

    I will have to get back into planning!

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LAURELSPARK 8/26/2012 10:41PM

    Good luck on your new goals!

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BEVPRESLEY 8/26/2012 10:04PM

    What great adventures you have planned. Love the new boots, they should serve you well. Be sure to allow a rest day for your body.

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MISSLISA1973 8/26/2012 9:21PM

    I love the boots! Enjoy the hiking!

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IDAHOFLOWER 8/26/2012 6:08PM

    Wow what exictment. I been
picking huckleberrys on the
mountainsides of Idaho. Walked
to a upper River on the mountain top. emoticon

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JODYMARINO1 8/26/2012 6:01PM

    Good plan of attack! emoticon

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KAYAK-A-MANIAC 8/26/2012 4:41PM

    Sounds like a great adventure you have planned. Enjoy every moment you're there.
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HOLLY255255 8/26/2012 1:55PM

    Your new goals sounds like so much fun! I love hiking when I visit my parents in the Smoky Mountains but not where I live. I will live vicariously through you!

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KAYOTIC 8/26/2012 1:15PM

    Nice training plan there, not sure if it includes a rest day, but you may want to think about that too, give the body/muscles some time to rest and recover.

I'm planning to add in a 3rd day of resistance training into my week. I did it last week, but this week was a bit on the sore side, so I didn't get that in, but I'll keep trying!

Have fun on your trip and breaking in those boots! emoticon

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WOODHEAT 8/26/2012 11:13AM

    Loved the Tetons. You will too. I think it's time to plan a hike with me and Luvquilting. How about a couple of days at Ricket's Glen State Park in PA or Old Rag Mt. in Virginia? Or you can join us at our place for some biking and kayaking. Seriously, think about it!

Life is good!
Wood


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CJJANISS 8/26/2012 11:04AM

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LESLIELENORE 8/26/2012 9:55AM

    Great boots! Your upcoming plans sound exciting. Making sure you are in shape before heading out is so very important, glad you are stepping up your fitness beforehand.

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VEENAS1 8/26/2012 9:27AM

    Good luck on your goals. I know you will succeed.
As with the other comments, great boots!

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KRYS210 8/26/2012 8:53AM

    Great job of planning. I know you will more than succeed. You are an amazing person and I'm so proud to call you friend.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/26/2012 8:50AM

    Great plans. Great goals. Remember to put the boots on a training program too !!! They need to be prepared for all the work you have planned for them. Audra

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/26/2012 8:19AM

    I sure agree with you about the importance of planning. In that area, I need to be more detailed like you.

PS: love the new boots

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/26/2012 7:59AM

    What a great mlist. It's time that I make some new goals too. Thank you for sharing

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JSALERNO 8/26/2012 7:48AM

    emoticongreat plans and boots.

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OPTIMIST1948 8/26/2012 7:29AM

    I must conider how i will balance food exercise and work since i will be starting a job soon. Food for big thoughts.

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TATTER3 8/26/2012 5:49AM

    I misss the duct tape! But walk on!

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 8/26/2012 3:43AM

   

Great boots, you'll be walking all over the place in those!!

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DMF2012 8/26/2012 2:41AM

    Love the boots!

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EDITOR 8/26/2012 2:37AM

    Working on goals, but as always inspired by yours.

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FITANDFIFTY2 8/26/2012 1:31AM

    Oh such awesome goals! I enjoy your pics so much! You are such inspiration to us all!
Hugs, Kathy

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ALIHIKES 8/26/2012 12:59AM

    Wow what a beautiful photos! And great goals emoticon

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SASIKHASI1 8/26/2012 12:54AM

    My goal is to walk every day, and I don't miss many days. I did today, but it is my birthday and my nose is really stuffed up, so I stayed home and answered calls from my kids and family. It was fun.

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/25/2012 11:54PM

    We are a ways north of the Tetons in WY, but wear warm stuff, it's getting down in the 30s at night here!

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MSLZZY 8/25/2012 11:51PM

    Still working on goals but decided to wait until after Labor
Day and the State Fair. I will be gone and it seemed best
to think more before having to change things up the
first day.
Love the boots. They should serve you well. HUGS!

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Part II -- The Continued Ascent and Final Descent

Saturday, August 18, 2012

And now for the continuation of my August 12th blog, my trek across the peaks of Mount Lafayette, Mount Lincoln and Little Haystack Mountain…
With my right boot wrapped in duct tape, we continued on along the path that would take us to the top of Mount Lafayette.

This is the view of the rear of Greenleaf hut as we hiked away from it heading up to Mount Lafayette.




Getting closer to the Alpine Region, we felt like we were almost there when suddenly the sole of my left boot separated! Luckily for me, a hiker along the path had a small roll of quarter inch medical tape. My neurosurgeon son knew just what to do.



(trail marker near top of Alpine Region)

After a very long time we are finally reach the top with reference marker left by the US Coast and Geodetic Survey to prove our location.


We continued on in the Alpine Zone and began trekking the 1.8 mile Franconia Ridge to Mount Lincoln and then to Little Haystack.


View of Franconia Ridge




To give you an overview of our trek, the trail loop is outlined below:



Mount Lafayette is 5,249 feet. Needless to say, it took us hours to get there. But with determination and a strong will, the first challenge was met.

What an awesome feeling to experience this location and to see the beauty God created all around us.


The next big challenge was to complete the ridge and then the descent. From the distance in the picture below, one could see a storm approaching as we neared Mount Lincoln.




Many of us have often heard the words, Let there be light, play over and over again in our heads whenever we face struggles in life. This was one of those moments for me.


This is a view of the 3 peaks before we began our final descent.


We began our descent from Little Haystack via Falling Waters Trail.


We are now back below the Alpine Zone . Time was passing faster than we could hike down the mountain and sunset would soon be upon us. Ever play Beat the Clock? Watch your footing!


The trail was very difficult hiking down steep areas of rocky terrain. Very rarely did I look up. I used tree branches and large boulders along the trail to help with my balance. Oftentimes, I squatted close to the ground or got on all fours to maneuver my footing.



Because precise footing was important to prevent injury, the hike down the mountain was taking more time than we anticipated. The sun setting was about to take place and we were still in the forest area. We took one last picture so as not to waste any precious time we needed to find our way back to the trailhead.



The trail took us across a large stream 3 times before we found ourselves in the dark. We listened to the running water as a point of reference knowing our trail ran parallel to the running stream.

We hiked the remaining couple of hours in the dark encouraging each other not to give up. My son led the group using my lighted smart phone to guide us along the trail. Then a young man, John, appeared on the trail looking for his 2 lost buddies who happened to be right behind us. John had a small flashlight! Talk about unexpected blessings, John was definitely one! We finally reached the trailhead at around 10PM. I ended my day grateful for the many blessings received that I believe helped me gain confidence to persevere and to have courage and strength to complete this rigorous 8.9 mile loop. The support, compassion and encouragement I received from my group will always be appreciated especially since it helped this 58 year old gal succeed in accomplishing yet another major goal on her life’s bucket list!

This was one extraordinary adventure that I will always remember for the rest of my life. All while hiking throughout the rugged terrain I realized just how strong I really am physically, mentally, and spiritually. I never once thought that I would not be able to complete the hike. When faced with obstacles, I prayed. Then I studied the situation and learned how to overcome it. My successful hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire can be attributed to the change in my lifestyle over the past couple of years since joining SparkPeople.com. I learned to continuously plan and prepare if I want a positive outcome in whatever I do. Tracking my daily fitness and nutrition is also a key factor to my sustaining better health. Above all, my faith has been and continues to be reaffirmed knowing that God is in control at all times.

Finally, as Paul Harvey would say, And now you know the rest of the story.

p.s. My backpack now contains a head lamp, duct tape and extra batteries!

  
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PLATSUZIE 9/16/2012 6:08PM

    I want to do that hike! Maybe in two days time...sleeping in the trail one night. I am on the wrong coast! I will find a hike and think of your blog while hiking. I may pack/buy a few items thanks to your sharing! I appreciate the pictures and the time you took to write and share the trail as well. 8.9 miles over a day or two is something I sincerely am interested in backpacking. I want to work up to spending two nights on the trail with my daughter...goal now in writing...thanks, again!

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BIGBROTHER323 9/9/2012 10:14PM

    Good thing I wasn't there! I might have been tempted to take the medalion! LOL
Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing. What state again! Brought great memories of my hiking in the Alps when I was 20!

kevin

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TRAVLNWOMAN 9/3/2012 8:10PM

    Great photo story! I felt like I was right there with you.

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GOSPELCLOWN 8/21/2012 8:10PM

    I once got to visit Franconia Notch and remember a huge waterfall. It was beautiful!

Sunset in the forest can be a scary thing. Glad you got to the bottom in time!

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SIMPLY4DHEART 8/21/2012 7:54PM

    Some more awesome pictures and sorry about your boots,glad you could fix them enough to get by.Thank you again for the awesome pictures,wow!

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MISSLISA1973 8/20/2012 11:49PM

    Absolutely beautiful! And congratulations on all you have accomplished.

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LINDA! 8/20/2012 10:01PM

    Lovely photos!

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YOGAANDBIKE 8/20/2012 3:08PM

    Write a small history of those boots. Before you toss them!

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/20/2012 5:06AM

    Good for you. What a beautiful area to hike in. Looks like new boots are in order!
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BEAR_GURL 8/20/2012 4:03AM

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What an inspiring blog (yet again); thanks so much for sharing with me & keep em coming!


HUGS,

Mel
issa

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SPEEDY143 8/19/2012 3:47PM

    Beautiful just like YOU!!!! emoticonon the hike of a life time emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/19/2012 2:26PM

    I loved sharing this hike with you...You are truly an inspiration!

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ALIHIKES 8/19/2012 12:12PM

    GREAT hike, great photos! Congratulations on completing this difficult trek safely! emoticon

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MAKULEWAHINE 8/19/2012 11:47AM

    Nothing like experience to let us know what to pack:) I started using hiking poles quite a while back because the downhills were killing my knees . They really help when trekking on uneven and downhill terrain.

What a beautiful trail and such a difficult on too. Good for you! Love the pics too.

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ILUVTTV 8/19/2012 11:28AM

    Wicked!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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NPA4LOSS 8/19/2012 11:10AM

    emoticon That is so emoticon emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 8/19/2012 10:32AM

    What a great experience you had............it will be unforgettable.

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JODYMARINO1 8/19/2012 9:28AM

    Sounds like it was an awesome experience! Very suspenseful for me to read! Thanks for sharing the beauty of nature.

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/19/2012 9:26AM

    Thanks for sharing your trek with us. So glad that you did this clim ,you have learned so much .GOOD JOB !!!

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DMF2012 8/19/2012 9:20AM

    Wow, what a great experience - thanks for sharing!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/19/2012 8:49AM

    Thank you for sharing your trek. Those before me have really said it all.. Audra

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4DOGNIGHT 8/19/2012 7:31AM

    Amazing Accomplishment! I admire you for it!

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CLWALDRO 8/19/2012 7:12AM

    I'm thankful, Lord, that You Love Us. I have been waiting with anticipation for the rest of the story and I was not disappointed. The pictures are breath taking and your determination and trust in God came as no surprise. I wish you well on the path you have chosen to take and look forward to more picture BLOG's in the future.
I am especially glad your son was with you and you could share this special time with him

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GOLFGMA 8/19/2012 6:14AM

    Wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed reading of your hiking journey. The pictures are gorgeous! emoticon

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JSALERNO 8/19/2012 5:43AM

    I'D BREAK A LEG OR SOMETHING.

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FITANDFIFTY2 8/19/2012 3:04AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing Day with us! That was truly a Life Experience that I am sure you will never forget! The pics are so wonderful!
Hugs, Kathy

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EDITOR 8/19/2012 2:10AM

    What a fascinating story with pictures. Well done!

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BILL60 8/19/2012 12:14AM

    Great climbing.

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ILOVEDUANE 8/18/2012 11:57PM

    Love it! Come out to Sun Valley, ID and we can go on some spectacular hikes together. We live at about 5,600 feet here in Hailey so the elevation we hike to is in the 8,000's. We would show you a good time here!

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BEVPRESLEY 8/18/2012 11:50PM

    What a wonderful adventure. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful pictures. The view of the 3 peaks is just magnificent.

Life is good.

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 8/18/2012 10:21PM

   

Looks like it was a great hike!!! Add duct tape to your backpack as well!!

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IDAHOFLOWER 8/18/2012 10:12PM

    Wow what a trip, and last part
in the dark. John was a blessing
for sure. Thanks for sharing, I
need a bucket list.

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OPTIMIST1948 8/18/2012 9:56PM

    Really enjoyed the story and pictures. How Life-Affirming! Now: get thee to REI (or its cousin) for another good pair of hiking boots! You cant miss any more opportunities!

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LESLIELENORE 8/18/2012 9:53PM

    emoticonWow I am impressed! Love the use of duct tape. Handy stuff.

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HIKERBECKY 8/18/2012 9:50PM

    Wow what an amazing fun story! I am looking forward to hiking again. I think I am almost ready to start walking my 3 mile hike that I use to walk all the time. I will work up to my elevation gain again! This broken ankle will not stop me! Your story helped inspire me to move even more!!!
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CHOCLAHOLIC 8/18/2012 9:42PM

    Luvs2.... Having just returned from a week long backpacking trip myself, I really enjoyed reading about (and relating to ) your experiences on your hike ... Thanks for sharing your photos and "trip tales"

And emoticon for duct tape! (we used ours several times during our trip too !

Choc

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/18/2012 9:20PM

    You have had a wonderful adventure. The beauty is spectacular and more importantly the hiking and your accomplishment to fulfil a dream is fantastic.

Thx for sharing this with me

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TATTER3 8/18/2012 9:13PM

    Girl, I am so impressed!!! What a wonderful story!!! What a wonderful adventure!!! And what a funny addition with the tapes holding the boots together! Love it!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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KRYS210 8/18/2012 9:12PM

    Wow, what an exciting adventure. I have a friend who never hikes without a roll of duct tape just for such shoe misadventures! LOL Glad you made it back in the dark safely. The photos are magnificent. My sprained ankle is envious!
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KAYOTIC 8/18/2012 9:04PM

    Hope you're getting new boots too!

Congrats on checking that one off your bucket list! It's one for the memory banks for sure!

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MAKINANIMPACT 8/18/2012 8:42PM

    Wow! What a beautiful scene! How awesome was that, that you completed such a feat! emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the great job!

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Part I -- The Beginning....

Sunday, August 12, 2012

One of the greatest challenges in my life began on Bridle Falls trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.


The trail is a very rocky one. Hiking boots are warranted for safe footing.




Natural steps...


Heading into the Alpine Zone….


I can do this.....


First view of our destination....



Still quite a distance away….


We are intrigued by the vegetation in the Alpine Zone….


Pardon my butt......I wanted you to envision the height of the climb.


Monarchs were plenty and beautiful.


After a couple of hours, we saw our first sign. We were going in the right direction….up! Just 2.3 miles to go.


A glider greeted us as we approached closer to the summit.


Finally, after about 4 hours of climbing, we reached Greenleaf Hut for a little rest and fresh mountain water. We had 1.1 miles yet to hike before we reached Mt. Lafayette.



Our hike continues. This picture was taken from the back of Greenleaf Hut.


We thought we would get to that peak in a short amount of time. After all it was only 1.1miles away. The terrain was a bit rough as we continued our climb. But first, we found another use for duct tape! Yes, the sole of my boot separated. (Always carry duct tape in your backpack! You never know when you might need it.)


My next blog will continue this pictoral summary taking you to the top of Mt. Lafayette, across to Mount Lincoln, and then on to Little Haystack. We followed the Franconia Ridge Trail that consists of a loop hike linking Lafayette, Mount Lincoln and Little Haystack Mountain with spectacular views. We started and ended at Lafayette Place, the trailhead for the Old Bridle Path and Falling Waters Trails. Total distance was 8.9 miles. However, it took us 9.5 hours of actual time hiking and about an additional 1 hour of total rest time. Yes, this was an extremely challenging climb. Stay tuned for the rest of the story.....

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CJBAGGINS 9/9/2012 11:38PM

    What a gorgeous trip!


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WOODHEAT 8/26/2012 11:09AM

    I know that I read this blog weeks ago and can't believe that I didn't comment on it then, but nope, no comment from Wood. Sorry. We love New Hampshire and have done a lot of hiking there. I also love the way you have found a whole new life of fitness and adventure. My wife and I live the good life while we can: hike, bike, roller-blade, kayak on a regular basis and we enjoy life more than anyone we know - except maybe for you. Keep it up!

Life is good!

Wood


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SIMPLY4DHEART 8/21/2012 7:51PM

    Awesome what an amazing place you Hiked.Thank you for the beautiful pictures,I really enjoyed them.

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MAKULEWAHINE 8/19/2012 11:50AM

    I LOVE to hike. I did a challenging (for me) 4 mile hike on Wednesday. I think it took us 5 hours! LOL But the wildflowers were beautiful and smelled like a flower shop. I was with good friends and enjoyed the day. God has cerainly given us some magnificent views.

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ILOVEDUANE 8/18/2012 11:53PM

    Ohmygosh I wish I were there with you! My jealous meter just peaked...

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AVOVATA 8/17/2012 2:38PM

    Thanks for sharing. I love hiking, and I love to see pictures of places I'm not likely to hike to myself. emoticon emoticon

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SHAKENMA 8/15/2012 9:50AM

    Beautiful pictures. emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 8/14/2012 7:05PM

    So Far So Good !!! Love Duct Tape ! Hangin' on here to enjoy the rest of your hike. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 8/14/2012 9:30AM

    Thanks for sharing your adventure. I just had to imagine that I was with you......

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BEVPRESLEY 8/13/2012 11:24PM

    Great hike! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. I know I couldn't have made it.

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DMF2012 8/13/2012 7:15PM

    Stunning!

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BEAR_GURL 8/13/2012 3:50PM

    Thanks for sharing...what an awesome way to document your trip AND your journey!


HUGS,

Me
lissa

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AMANDA_A_725 8/13/2012 10:14AM

    Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing your hike with us! Way to go!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/13/2012 8:23AM

    Enjoyed the hike. Thanks for sharing the adventure with photo(s)

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SPARKENISTA 8/12/2012 10:13PM

    I was on a drive through the White Hills many years ago. That was enough for me. In fact, it was too much. The peeks and valleys scared me.
I admire your adventurous spirit!

You should definitely complain to the shoe manufacturer. If you didn't have duct tape you would have been up the creek without a paddle...or is it up the mountain without a boot? Whatever, you would have been in BIG trouble.





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ILUVTTV 8/12/2012 10:09PM

    I love the White Mountains! Awesome pictures!


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WOODHEAT 8/12/2012 8:38PM

    Love! Loved! New Hampshire hiking!!! Thanks for sharing this experience.
Life is good!

Wood


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IDAHOFLOWER 8/12/2012 7:38PM

    Wow what I hike!! Yes will Love to see part 2.
You go girl. Your looking good.

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SWEETLIPS 8/12/2012 7:37PM

    This is incredible and you look fantastic!! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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KAYAK-A-MANIAC 8/12/2012 7:37PM

    Great trip....WOW emoticon

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LINDA! 8/12/2012 6:22PM

    Thanks for sharing. Great pix!

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NPA4LOSS 8/12/2012 5:52PM

    emoticon emoticon Amazing climb and amazing pictures! I am waiting for Nike to contact you about the new style! emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/12/2012 5:42PM

    Spectacular! What a climb and the scenery was awesome!
HUGS!

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GOSPELCLOWN 8/12/2012 5:32PM

    Looks like New Hampshire at its best! We have the same hiking boots! WELL DONE!

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SP_COACH_NANCY 8/12/2012 5:08PM

  VERY PRETTY! Love the Duct Tape, too!

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NEILITHICMAN 8/12/2012 4:57PM

    Awesome, looks like lost of fun

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/12/2012 1:53PM

    What great photos and hike am eargly awaiting part 2 .Thanks so much for sharing with us.

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MAUIMA 8/12/2012 12:36PM

    Beautiful! And duck take too...oh yes! A must.
I too am anxious for # 2.

Thanks for sharing your journey... :)
Inspirational , like getting also to go! :)

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GREENGENES 8/12/2012 11:37AM

    Great photos. I miss NH.

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JODYMARINO1 8/12/2012 10:44AM

    How beautiful!! Love the ductape! Can't wait for part 2. Have a great week!

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KAYOTIC 8/12/2012 10:36AM

    Eagerly awaiting part 2....and duct tape, don't leave home with out it....you can also just wrap a length around your hiking stick if you hike with those.

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FELINA 8/12/2012 10:23AM

    Absolutely beautiful ! The pictures are breathtaking !
Looking forward to part 2.
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~INDYGIRL 8/12/2012 10:15AM

    WOW! Impressive is an understatement. I love the photos!

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LESLIELENORE 8/12/2012 9:53AM

    I love the pictures and can't wait for the rest! Sounds like a great hike.

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HIKENY 8/12/2012 9:49AM

  congratulations You are amazing you put your mind to something and accomplish it. Thanks for the tip about the duct tape Ihave many things in my backpack and now will have duct tape, never thought it would come in handy but I bet next time I go hiking someone will need it.

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RD03875 8/12/2012 9:45AM

    Beautiful pictures, hope you had a great hike! I love my New Hampshire mountains!

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/12/2012 9:13AM

    What great pictures, the scenery was breathtaking, sure a far cry from Southern Ca. Had no idea that duct tape is something you should have in your backpack when hiking. Did it hold for the entire trip?

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MISSLISA1973 8/12/2012 9:04AM

    It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/12/2012 8:51AM

    WoW...

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HIKERBECKY 8/12/2012 8:47AM

    Wow that's really beautiful! I hope that one day I can hike that kind of trail again. (Broke my ankle in December, it's a long road back) What a beautiful place to hike.
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GIANTOCR1 8/12/2012 8:44AM

    Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing... I love hiking and that looks like so much fun.. Looks like everyone had fun.

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VEENAS1 8/12/2012 8:37AM

    Wow! You are amazing! It must feel so good to have met this challenge.

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BILL60 8/12/2012 8:33AM

    Great accomplishment. Way to go!!!!!

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LISALALA1 8/12/2012 8:11AM

    Wow how beautiful...

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KRYS210 8/12/2012 8:03AM

    NH is beautiful! Lived in Mass. for some time and visited NH whenever I could. You get an A+ for ingenuity with duct tape. In the south, it is the fixer-upper of choice. LOL

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4DOGNIGHT 8/12/2012 7:52AM

    WOW! I don't think I would survive 5 minutes of that! Good for you. My husband is from New Hampshire and knows this area well!

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TATTER3 8/12/2012 7:09AM

    Would love to paint some of these! Beautiful1

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/12/2012 6:14AM

    Wow that was awesome...I enjoyed the hike from my computer chair emoticon

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JSALERNO 8/12/2012 5:58AM

    BEAUTIFUL emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 8/12/2012 5:07AM

    The pictures are amazing, but I know from my own experience that pictures only capture about 1 tenth of what you see. So it must have been *really* incredible. Looking forward to the next installment!

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