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Above the Fog, Leaving the World Below


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Out on the trail the world makes sense.
Above the fog, leaving the world below:



I've done some spectacular hikes throughout March.
Here are some pics of the ones that bring back happy memories...

The most challenging was my 21-mile hike 3 weeks ago.
Stats for that: 5500 vertical feet
Fitbit stats for the day: 47263 steps / 615 floors
14 miles in at the summit looking down:


Then there was a snow hike:


Then, of course, the hike with my kids:



And yesterday an upside down hike, where we started on top of the mountain, did the downhill first, did some creek hopping, looped around and finished by doing a quite steep uphill.
They call this portion of the uphill the Rim Trail, and it gets a bit tricky at times.
What trail?

Another Rim Trail shot:


Overall March was a tough sad month and I have to say that hiking played a big part of getting me through.

April is my birthday month and I'm determined to make it a good one!!
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ALEXSGIRL1 4/7/2013 11:52AM

    emoticon i have a march birthday too. my husband and i used to hike all teh time loved it. now he has hip problems and lost the desire i may need to find a new buddy . as soon as i find out teh status of my pacemaker time for a new one soon i will get back to walking more hugs

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TERRIPAL1 4/7/2013 10:32AM

    Your pictures are amazing, so are your hikes, I don't see any trails at all, good for you, keep it up and I hope April is as beautiful as your hikes!

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MEXGAL1 4/1/2013 4:27PM

    beautiful photos...thanks for sharing. and my goodness Happy Birthday month!
Make it a great one.

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MARLINDA5 4/1/2013 10:44AM

    Great pictures - they are emoticon

Wishing you the best in April especially for your birthday emoticon

When is your birthday :)

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CARTOONB 3/31/2013 10:57PM

    Gorgeous hikes! Thank you for sharing.

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BOVEY63 3/31/2013 10:03PM

    Beautiful pictures! Sure happy to hear the hiking is helping you through this tough time.
When is your birthday? I turn the big 50 on the 16th.

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MANDELOVICH 3/31/2013 8:46PM

    Looks so lovely. I'm sorry March has been sad and I hope that you have a lovely April.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/31/2013 8:18PM

    Yikes-where is that trail?

Thanks for sharing your hikes with us. I especially like it while I'm stuck healing my foot from surgery and dreaming of hiking. LOL!

Wishing you a much more peaceful April!

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BOOKAPHILE 3/31/2013 7:49PM

    Great photos! I'm in awe of your 21 mile hike in 1 day. My fitbit still has to learn to get me to take that many steps in a day... emoticon

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CHRISGETTINGFIT 3/31/2013 7:07PM

    Great hiking photos! Have fun in April!

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NORWOODGIRL 3/31/2013 5:35PM

    Beautiful photos - as usual! I'd love the hiking - but not on those slopes that look like a death march instead.

There is something about nature that does take you both into yourself and out above yourself. It can give you a better perspective on life - or just wear you out into acceptance.

Happy Easter! Keep those blogs and hikes happening. Hmmm. I'm feeling a bit like a voyeur.... emoticon

April is a great month for birthdays in my family. We celebrate on the 4th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 17th, 18th, and 24th. There is also a due date on the 20 or 21st this year, so we'll add another one to the list. Hope yours is a great one!

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/31/2013 4:56PM

    Such beautiful hikes! The first one, with the fog, is incredible!
I am very glad your hikes helped you through this rough time.
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MALEXANDER4 3/31/2013 4:34PM

    Thank you for always taking the time to share your hikes with us. I love the views and since I live in the greater Alabama area where a hill is more like a mountain your sharing yours is so awesome. April is a month of rebirth. So lets do it. You pick yourself back up and keep moving forward and i'll just pick myself up and get moving forward. Happy Easter.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/31/2013 4:15PM

    What a beautiful blog! Hiking is really a metaphor for life, isn't it? Ups, downs, beauty, hard places, scary places, beautiful places.

I'm so glad you had hiking to help you get over a tough spot. I am just in AWE of the beautiful places you hike. If we ever plan a trip to CA I'm going to be in contact with you to get a list of your favorite hikes.

Hope next month is one of happiness, healing, and (of course!) hiking!

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Have to edit because I forgot to say how GORGEOUS your pictures are. Mine never seem to capture the beauty of the places we hike. I think it could be because I have to reduce the size of the pictures. (Or maybe it's just your hikes have more beautiful scenery!) Do you have any secrets to share?

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