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My Frivolous Life - Friends - Mt. Katahdin, Part 2

Updated on February 25, 2013

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!

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Newburry StreetFaneuil Hall - Top ViewFaneuil HallCovent Garden, England
Newburry Street
Newburry Street | Source
Faneuil Hall - Top View
Faneuil Hall - Top View | Source
Faneuil Hall
Faneuil Hall | Source
Covent Garden, England
Covent Garden, England | Source

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!

White Tail Deer in Baxter Park
White Tail Deer in Baxter Park | Source

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!".

Chimney Pond - Baxter Park, ME
Chimney Pond - Baxter Park, ME | Source
Kittery Outlet, ME
Kittery Outlet, ME

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.

Wrapping Up!

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!!

Deep Blue Something


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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      I enjoyed the story and was glad when you let us know what happened to the guy with hazel-blue eyes! haha Thanks for sharing a cool story! voted up!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      I am so glad you stopped by..... And thank you for the follow. Maria is a beautiful woman who has done a lot for us. I enjoyed all her interviews, such a great way to get to know others here.

      Really appreciate your comment, and hope to see more of you :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      What a story and what a story-teller you are! I came here via Maria's interview with you. I must say, I am so glad I did! I don't follow a lot of people, but as soon as I hit the 'post comment' button, I'm travelling up to the 'follow' button. You had me laughing and anticipating each word. Wow!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      I actually have climbed few mountains myself, just not Katahdin, It's too steep. See I am not that unadventurous! and unlike you, I love the road back, it's easier to run downhill :))

      Thanks for stopping by, appreciate it.....

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Wow. What a story. You had me with the deer, I actually stopped breathing for a moment. Yeah! It's awesome experience, so totally captivating. =) I had a few mountains climbing behind my belt but with all of them I only remember one thing - the road back was always the toughest one. =)

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Rosemay! Glad you enjoyed it.... Shopping, yes, you sound just like me :))

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I so enjoyed reading this, it has everything, suspense, romance, beauty, humour, adventure and best of all a shopping trip. Lol

      Loved it voting up and more.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks JD, for stopping by, and commenting! No part three, Lol, everything is going wonderfully :)

      Appreciate your support......

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Nice to meet Jim, at tiffany's. Wonderful read..Was it me or you cut part three all of a sudden? Was great though. Hope you are doing great Lathing!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      lol, Green Acres...... Never understood what she meant until I was in the boonies!

      Thanks for all your votes..... Hugs, hugs and more hugs :))

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Now I cannot get "Green Acres" outta my head.... "darlin' I love you but give me Park Avenue...!"

      This was a smile maker from start to romantic finish... loved it immensely. Voted UP & FAB! Hugs, Maria

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for stopping by, Frank! Really appreciate it.......

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Lathing.. yeah you are a story teller.. but I have to read part one.. hmm ill do that now

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hello, Jen! I am glad you liked it.... Appreciate your stopping by :)

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Gypsy Rose! Thanks for stopping by and appreciate your comment :)

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      Jennifer Stone 5 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Great story LaThing, and beautifully told! I really enjoyed this read this morning... voted up and all sorts, Jen

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Thanks for sharing this delightful tale about you and your friends. Much enjoyed and congrats on getting a hubby out of all this.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      lol, thanks Ruby..... Glad you could travel along with us :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is such a fun read. Kudos for allowing us on your adventure..Smiling..

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey Carter, great to see you. Thanks for the comment, appreciate it!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      ROFL @ Rich!! That would not have been good.... I will let you write that part..... I am sure you will have 'Jason' rolling of the floor laughing, too :))

      Thanks for stopping by, buddy!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Jen from accross the ocean :) glad to see you here! Thanks for stopping by and for your wonderful comment!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey, Billy! Yes, I did get a husband out of all this and, the funny thing is, he wasn't even there, lol.....

      Thanks for stopping by, dear friend. Appreciate it :)

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Such an adventure and what a prize in the end...loved your great story...cheers

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      LaThing -

      Humor, adventure, beauty... the only thing it needed was Jason coming out of the lake and chasing everyone with a machete!

      Seriously, great job of relating an experience that obviously will stay with you forever! Loved It!


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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      Wow! what an adventure. Loved the ending. Brilliantly told, loved it!


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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Loved your story! It ended up being an adventure well-worth taking...hey, you got a husband out of it, right?