Hiking the Sterling Pond Trail at Smuggler's Notch.
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July 14th, 2008 – by: Reephboy
The weather was beautiful. New Englanders may argue that it gets hot up there, but at 85F in Jeffersonville, and probably high 70s at the trailhead, we that dwell in the southern U.S. consider that nice Fall weather. I was thinking that mid-July in Austin frequently breaches the 100F mark, so this was a bit of a break. We even brought our light jackets for the higher elevations and an ever present chance of rain.
A late start saw us hiking up the trail while most other hikers were descending.
We were making pretty good time, but as usual, as soon as I broke out the camera the pace deteriorated to an uphill trickle. Of course, I had just gotten a new camera in time for this trip and it was an upgrade from my old point-and-shoot so I had lots more functions to play with and investigate. I wasn't quite ready to afford myself a DSLR because when I consider a new camera I must, in all fairness, take into account the price of the camera plus the underwater housing plus the external lighting (and the mounting brackets) that I've been jonesing for for ages now.
The birds were singing, the flowers were blooming, the sun was shining. Sterling Pond was acheived, and the beautiful scenery was pondered and savored. The hike allowed us ample time to catch up on 8 years of little correspondance. Madonna's Peak ended the day lonely for our company, but we were not disappointed. The view was outstanding on such a clear day. We knew our legs would be sore later, but this also meant those beers we were already dreaming about and drooling over were going to taste all that much better.
We were smiling.
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