Just Keep Climbing! (Picture blog)

Recently, we (my fiance’, myself, and friends from out-of-town) decided to go on a hike.  I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into but I was determined to give it a shot. Being that I live in the valley, mountains are literally in my backyard.

This particular mountain peaks at 3,197 feet.  The trail has mostly uphill terrain with a few flat portions to it.  But I must add that we took the “easier” route but the “easy” route is still challenging; a steady climb of about 1700 feet.  From where we started it was four miles up (which took us 3 hours to complete) and four miles down (which took us 2 hours to complete). Once we reached the top we spent about an hour there enjoying the mountain breeze, refueling off the lunch we packed, and taking pictures.

Instead of boring you with a full detailed outline of the day and the hike itself and how at one point I thought we would never see the end; I figured I would share the pictures from that day because they are worth a thousand words plus more.

Follow me with my pictures as we hike to McAfee’s Knob (The Knob) which is located atop of Catawba Mountain which is part of the Appalachian Trail.

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The men leading the way and carrying all of the water and snacks 🙂

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Nature at it’s best

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A massive rock

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The sun peeping through the rocks

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Only 1.2 miles remained before we reached the top but this 1.2 miles was all climbing.  It felt more like 5.

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The stairs behind me starts the final mile!

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We  FINALLY made it to the top!

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A well deserved break

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I was surprised I went this far out on The Knob; but it is one of the most popular photo places along the entire trail.

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Majesty

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On top of the world

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A view of the city from the top of the mountain

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Some things just can’t be explained

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Another ledge atop of the mountain

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My Boo and I

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Friends

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It was  beautiful day for a hike

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The one time you’re not in a plane but you’re above the power lines!

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Use the signs and colors when hiking to help direct your path

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The end was insight and we were HAPPY CONQUERS!

I love being able to wake up and see mountains surrounding me everyday.  People are usually fascinated whenever they come to my “neck of the woods!”  The hike was challenging and I’m certain that I sweated more this day than ever before.  I burned over 2400 calories in just the hike alone and had over 22 thousand footsteps.  Perhaps, I’ve never been more proud of myself for completing a physical activity.  MAYBE, one day, I’ll do it again! 🙂

What do you think?  Have you ever hiked a mountain before?  Would you give this mountain a try if you could?

Until next time, just keep climbing!

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