Yesterday my parents, my dog Samson, and I took a little adventure up to the White Mountains. We wanted to do a short day hike up Mt. Monadnock for fun. My dad and I biked past the entrance on our bike trip and got lunch in Jaffrey a couple weeks back. We thought it would be a fun mountain to hike since it isn’t super far away. So, we packed ourselves some hardy lunches and drove the 2 hours up to the mountain. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go as planned.
After driving into the parking lot and greeting the ranger, he told us that apparently dogs aren’t allowed to hike up this mountain. WTF? Apparently Mt. Monadnock is a very popular hiking spot. He told some story about how in 2008 there were a bunch of dogs that hiked up the mountain and some of the owners didn’t pick up after them, blah, blah, blah. Therefore, no dogs are allowed up this mountain. I’ve never heard of a mountain not being dog friendly, but apparently that’s something I’ll have to research next time I go hiking!
The ranger pointed us in the direction of another trail that was dog-friendly and we headed on over there. We didn’t realize that this other “mountain” wasn’t actually Mt. Monadnock until we got to the top. This other place was Pack Monadnock that only took us an hour to hike up, LOL! There were plenty of people with their dogs on this mountain and many others who shared similar experiences of being turned away from the other mountain.
Nonetheless, we still had a great time! I’ve felt a bit deprived this summer living in a place that doesn’t have those beautiful mountain views. I used to take being able to see Mt. Mansfield and Camels Hump for granted since I grew up with those. Although things didn’t go quite as planned today, it was still loads of fun.
On another note, I thought I’d share a funny story with you guys. I think I’ve mentioned that I’m a pretty competitive person. What can I say? It’s hard to run races without that personality characteristic! Although I’m pretty good at hiding it or keeping it under control in situations that don’t need to be competitive, I had a little bit of fun today.
I was doing an easy run on the Charles when all of a sudden this boat starts to pass me. It wasn’t going all that fast, but just a bit faster than my own pace. For whatever stupid reason, I decided to race this boat. Let me just point out that I was definitely at a disadvantage. We were coming up to a curve and in track talk I was in the outside lane WITHOUT a staggered start. This boat probably had no idea that I was trying to race it, but I had a little fun before stopping at a water fountain and reminding myself that I should be taking my easy run easy.
Have you ever raced a boat? Gotten competitive in a stupid situation? Have you gone on any hikes recently?