My Frivolous Life - Friends - Mt. Katahdin, Part 2
You Might Want TO Visit The First Part To Get The Whole Story
What does a city girl know about hiking!!
Sue came up behind me as I was fumbling through my stuff, and grabbed my purse and threw it back in the Jeep.
'Here, you need this. No need to bring your purse', gave a smile and handed me a backpack.
'Hahaha.... I am not going to school. I don't need that.... And my purse has all my essentials....!'
'neither are you going shopping! Here, put your stuff in here and don't worry about bringing your cosmetics!'
Ok! I left it to her since she was more accustom to hiking than I was. Jill hands me a ski pole..... She looks at my expression and laughs,
'No silly, you are not going skiing. This is to help you hike.'
OKAY!! Why do I need a ski pole to help me hike, BUT, I will leave it to the experts!
Finally, we were ready for our hike:
There we were, a group of close friends: John and Sue, Larry and Jill, Dave and Steve, and Me and ..... Cill!?
Yes, Cill! Cill is a DOG..... A golden retriever to be precise!
Bad Dog, don't get your dirty paws on me!! Jiillll..... Keep him away!!
That was me screaming.
It's not that I don't like dogs, but this guy happened to be a bouncy one and couldn't keep his paws off me!
Cill is Jill's dog, but it was a gift from her husband, Larry. Larry named the dog Cill..... Jill was ecstatic about the name .... Jill - Cill, get it! Until she realized that whenever Larry was upset with HER, he would shout at the dog, 'Bad Cill, bad Cill'. But Jill was never sure if he was saying Jill or Cill. Haha.... Friends are great!!
Anyway, we set of, and Dave and Steve were next to me telling me all about the latest fashions, and what's going on in Boston. Oh, how I miss Boston! It had been almost a year since I was there last. I missed walking in Newbury Street, roaming around in Faneuil Hall which always reminded me of Covent Garden in England!
Moment Of Death!
The trail was beautiful, with lush trees and shrubs around, and occasional birds, and pheasants walking by. The weather was pretty cool and the walk started as a pleasant one. As we proceeded further in, the ground started to incline at an angle. Now the realization came, the usefulness of the ski poles....(also known as hiking poles, trekking poles, walking poles... But they are just plain old ski poles!).
Dave was still chatting away and didn't notice anything when I grabbed his ski poles and took it from him. It sure was easier walking with two of them then one. Steve snickered and I smiled at him as we kept walking, and Dave was oblivious to the whole thing! Suddenly Cill, the Dog, ran past us and we heard some ruffling in the bushes, about 20 ft or so behind us. We all froze .... All eyes were on the bush. Blood started to rush to my head as the thought of this huge black grizzly bear came to my mind, (later on I found out that there are black bears, and not grizzly bears, in Maine), I tried to remember all the tips about what to do if you encounter a bear.
Play Dead!!? I will be dead for sure if that bear is over me..... Desperately, I started looking around for a tree that would be easy to climb.
"Shussh!", John whispered!
Who is talking, geez!! These few minutes seem like hours..... I was still looking for a tree, and we heard the thing coming closer to the trail. All of my BUDDIES reached back in their back pack....
They are not carrying guns, are they?! What are they going to do, shoot the bear!! And they all pull out their .... CAMERAS?! Have they gone mad?! Here we are about to get killed savagely by a bear, and they are trying to take pictures!! Come on!! My heart, at this point, was trying to bounce out of my chest..... We are going to die, we are going to die!!
We heard the ruffles getting closer, I am about to scream..... And out pops...... a deer. A white tailed deer!! A DEER!! Ahahaha ..... My heart just stopped for a second..... Are we still alive? We are still alive!! YES, The relief....
Cameras are clicking, and I am the only one without a camera, ugh!
Destination: Chimney Pond
Back on our trail trekking up the slop we finally notice the lake. Oh, what a view! We all stood there for few moment with our mouths open, in awe. It seemed like we were all speechless, which is very unusual for this group of friends. Then suddenly everyone broke out talking at the same time; admiring the view, praising, words pouring out and no one seems to care what the others were saying, but we were all saying something!
Eventually, they all wondered off; Jill with Larry, Sue and John, Dave and Steve. There I was, standing by myself still looking at the mighty mountain in front of me, thinking how lonely the mountain must be standing there for millions of years, by itself! I walked a few feet toward the water and sat on a rock.
The water was calm and beautiful, the wind was just perfect, the view magnificent! Cill, who was pretty tired by now, came and sat at my feet wagging his tail. I petted him and looked around me. My eyes were swelling up with tears; not that I was feeling lonely or anything, it was purely for being at awe with the beautiful place. No one has the power to creat anything so perfect except for the One Who created it. Such an emotionally humbling feeling! I felt the tear roll down my checks. Then an arm went around me and Jill leaned her head against mine; now she was all teary eyes too. But I am sure it wasn't for the same reason (she is the emotional kind!). I let her be......
Sue came and sat on the other side with her arms around me and Jill, then came Dave, then John, Larry, and Steve! One big group hug!!
Ok, this was getting too much, I was being crushed underneath! I pushed everyone off as fast as I could and jumped up to my feet. Everyone tumbled over to the ground.... I heard giggles, and ouches, and some cursing under their breath! Ha, pulling Dave up, I proclaimed, "let's eat. I am famished!".
The rest of the day went smoothly. We ate, chatted away, laughing, joking, resting, exploring, then finally we all hiked back to our vehicles. Everyone was tired. We hugged and said our goodbyes with tears in our eyes.
Jill suggested that we meet up and do something like this every two weeks. Everyone agreed and it was all set. And I was given the honor to pick the place for the next trip.
Driving into Route 95, they all turn south, and I had to go the opposite way. We all honked and waved, screaming goodbyes, and as I saw their cars vanishing into the horizon I recalled the whole day with a smile on my face. It was great to see them all. And I already knew where we would be going next time.
My chosen destination for hiking: The Kittery Outlet in Maine. YESS!! I smiled. Hey, that would be some hike going through 120 stores in one day, Ha. Then we could go and relax at the beach! Its close to Boston, I am sure Dave and Steve will enjoy it tremendously!
My jeep drove into the sunset as I recaptured the whole day with a feeling of glee.
Oh yeah, remember Jim, friend of Larry, who couldn't make it? Well, I ended up marrying him! Yep, that's my husband, the one with the 'hazel blue' eyes (what ever that is!). We are like two peas...... from, totally two different pods! Ha! To give you an idea, the duration of our stay in Maine, about three years, he had climbed Mount Katahdin twice..... Without me!!Well, it's said that 'opposite attracts', and Here we are!
Our courtship, ;) that's another story, but this song will give you some clue.... YESSS!!