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My Frivolous Life - Friends, Hiking And Mt. Katahdin, Part 1

Updated on February 21, 2013

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MT. KATAHDIN

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I am not sure who came up with this great idea of hiking in Baxter State Park, but it sure wasn't me!

These hiker friends of mine knew that I was not the outdoorsy type. Growing up in a city didn't help me with the outdoor activities. I knew how to walk though.... London gave me that ragged experience of walking everywhere and loving it!

Several years ago, I was going through this horrible divorce, but it was the best decision I had ever made; I was finally getting out of this vexatious marriage, to say the least! But, That is another story........
Anyway, I was totally enjoying my free time with my two little girls, but my friends and family were thinking otherwise. They were always concerned about my falling into the pit of depression..... Depression?! I was at the most blissful stage of my life!!

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Phone Call!

So, here I was relaxing at home when I get a call from my very close friend, Sue. The phone conversation went somewhat like this:

An invitation to go hiking with them.....
Yeah, My girls will be with their dad this coming weekend...
Few couples, ........ (couples, ugh!), to Baxter park....
Haha, not going to climb Mt. Katahdin, are we?!
You must be joking, .... Just hiking to one of the lakes and will have a picnic.....
Great! By the way Sue, You don't have to do this, ...... Sue, I am fine, really!!
(But does she listen to me.....)
So, we are all set for the hike, this coming weekend....
The only thing I could say was, 'Great!!', and we left it at that.

Oh yeah! She also mentioned that some friend of her husband was also going to be joining us. Tall and handsome, with hazel blue eyes! "you have to meet him!"
Well, I really wasn't interested in meeting anybody, but was curious about the hazel blue eyes, what the heck is that!!

Milinocket, ME

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Little about the Area:

"Millinocket is a former mill town in Penobscot County, Maine. Its a small town with a population of about 4506. Millinocket has both a forest and recreational area". The famous Baxter State Park, the home of Mt. Katahdin, is situated right beyond Millinocket. Mt. Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine at 5,268 feet was named Katahdin by the Penobscot Indians, the term means "The Greatest Mountain". Katahdin is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park: a steep, tall mountain formed from underground magma. The view of the mountain, as you enter the Penobscot County, is breath taking.

Reunion with friends:

I was driving down from the north, and the rest of the gang were coming up from the south. Milinocket happened to be in the middle, so it kind of worked out for everyone. As I was driving into Milinocket I went over the checklist of things to bring with me.... My sunscreen, cosmetic bag, my purse, food for the picnic, my hiking boots..... Yes, my hiking boots from L.L.Beans, I can't go wrong there.
As I drove into Baxter Park, i couldn't help it but notice the magnificent view! I move toward the designated parking lot, where we were all suppose to meet, and sure enough, the others were already there. With a delightful feeling of warmth, I jumped out of my jeep and run toward them, haven't seen them for what seem like ages. Hugs and kisses all around..... Good to see friends!

Oh, bad news, the guy with the hazel blue eyes, Jim, couldn't make it, bummer (just my luck!).

As we were chatting away I notice another jeep pulling in, of course grander than mine. Slowly I removed my sunglasses and my jaw wanted to drop, but I had to hold it up. Sue came behind me and whispered in my ear, "They came all the way here just to see you, Liz!".

(No, no, not Dave and Steve..... Noooo!!) I slowly nodded at Sue, trying not to show my dismay.....

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Dave & Steve.....

Ok, let me tell you a little about Dave and Steve. My friends and I considered ourselves yuppies, but these too dudes considered themselves Major YUPPIES! They are from Boston. You see, we are the yuppies from ME (Maine) and we are not the same as Yuppies from MA, where they are from! If we are all geared up for the hiking with the latest LLBean stuff, they are LLBean, Cabela's AND some more! You get the idea, right?

All that actually didn't bother me that much; what really bothered me the most was that these two "Friends" of mine were more into fashion and brand names than ME!! Don't you just hate it when two guys know more about fashion then you do?!....... Ugh! BUT friends are friends!!

"Oh Liz, it's so good to see you!", they hug me with a sob. More hugs and kisses, then all kind of questions.... I try to answer but they have their own answers.... "No, no, I am fine.... Really!",
"You poor soul! Look at you!"
"I am doing great. I am walking 4 miles everyday, and........"
"Oh my, you have lost so much weight!"
"You poor thing! What a tragedy!"
(Ugh, why me!)

So I let them go on, nodding here and there and gave up on trying to say anything.
Finally, we all decide that it was time to start our hike.

Continues..... on part 2. See below!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Hopefully you will fall skiing on part 2..please? Jk! NICE START! Like the setting and the dialogue.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Lol, lol, Mr. Cross! You can be funny, but not in my hub!! :)

      Thanks for your comment.... Too bad you weren't there, haha!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So cruel to leave us hanging....like off of a cliff? Looking forward to Part 2. Great so far!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Lol, don't fall off, now!! Thanks for your wonderful comment, Billy :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Ha, this is great!!! You are funny - as relates to your friends and relationships - how you explain them! I cannot wait until part two!!! I wonder why people want to think you are NOT doing well, when you ARE doing great, and say such comments. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      lol, dear Faith, thanks for such a supportive comment! I guess everyone assumes that you are miserable when going through a divorce, that would be the norm.... But in this case it was the opposite! :)

      Thanks for the read, and appreciate your stopping by :)

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I can't wait for Part 2. This better than the book I'm reading! Up interesting and awesome!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks Pop, appreciate your stopping by! Always a pleasure to see you :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting and a fun read. Waiting for the next installment..Cheers

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi Ruby! Thanks for stopping by and for commenting..... See you soon! :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. You have my attention. What happens next??

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hahaha lathing, this is great..please post part 2!! your fans are waiting.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks Gypsy Rose, and Spy, for stopping by...... Always good to see you guys. Yes, next part is coming soon 'at a theater near you'.... Hahaha, just kidding :)

      See you guys soon!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      I paid already for this movie, and just seeing upcoming summer blockbusters?

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      lol, JD, very funny!! I am not at fast as you..... And laziness counts too! :)

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Hahaha!

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      kingmaxler 4 years ago from Olympia, Washington USA

      this is a fun read, but i am left hanging. i want to know what happens next.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for stopping by, kingmaxler! We are getting there.... Soon :)

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Enjoying this anecdote thus far, can't wait to read the other parts. :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for your visit, Aubrey........ Second part is coming soon! Well, I have been saying that, just need to start on it, lol...... Soooon!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Lathing this is fiction right.. I mean that's how Im taking it in... It feels as if Ive found your journal and started reading it.. I love the way it would have kept me turning the pages.. in this case scrolling.. yeah.. now to read part 2 over again.. silly of me huh? should have did one first

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      lol, Frank, it's actually real with some fiction in it. I did live in Maine, got divorced, met friends at Baxter Park, I am not an outdoorsy type, did marry Jim, haha ..... There is more real there then fiction :))

      Oh yeah, I do love Boston!

      Thanks for reading my Journal.... ;)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Miss Thing,

      Thank heavens I happened upon Part 2 first. Now I can immediately move on to learn more of your adventures. I love learning of your lively and beautiful personality. Voted UP and FAB. Hugs, Maria

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Dear Maria, your are the sweetest friend a girl can have :))

      Love to see you stop by, and thanks a bunch..... Hugs back at ya!

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      BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh, this is quite intriguing! Have to go to part two with all the excitement! =)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi Maxi, glad to see you are back.... Haven't fallen off the edge of the world :) Just Kidding, lol

      Thanks for stopping by......

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