Old Rag Mountain: A Hiking We Will Go!

3:07 PM

Back in the spring, Jason and I went hiking with his brother and wife on a childhood favorite hiking place: Old Rag Mountain. Before us stood a trek of 9 miles complete with switchbacks, massive boulders, steep inclines, and a waterfall half way up.  I do love the outdoors. I love the challenges of vigorous, strenuous exercise, the natural beauty, the sounds of creatures cheering you on, and the crisp aroma of spring foilage.  Perfect combinations!

We left early in the morning, drove the 2 or so hour drive there,
 and ascended up the mountain,
stopping to take pictures and take in the view along the way.
As the morning got later, it became a little more crowded. 
By the time we reached the boulders and steep inclines, we had to keep moving. 
There was always someone right behind us. 


As soon as I thought we had reached the top being so high already, 
I would look up and see that there was still quite a ways to go to reach the very top. 
We stopped at the first scenic precipice to rest, soak in the view, and take some pictures.

Then came the biggest challenge. When you’re trying to scramble 
over giant boulders, and squeeze yourself in between two of them with 
dead drops underneath, it can be one of the most terrifying things in your life. 

At certain points it became so narrow and tight, with nothing to grip, that 
I had to press my back against one boulder and use the pressure of my 
feet and hands against the boulder in front of me 
to scoot myself along vertically till I reach the other side! 

If I slipped even once I would have fallen right into the depth of the 
dark cavity beneath me. 
I thought I faced my fears of heights on roller coasters, but I think 
I took it a whole new level with this mountain! We tackled these bad boys!
At one point I had to jump across one of these cavities from one boulder to another. 
The surface I was landing on was slanted without anything to grip. 
After watching the technique of everyone doing it,
I went for it and jumped, landing nearly vertical on the next rock. 
At least that is how it felt. Smooth and slanted, just daring you to lose 
your footing and slip downward to broken bones. Somehow I regained my balance. 
What a rush! Finally, hours later, our point of destination.
It was breathtaking. That view! Probably the highest I’ve ever been other than in a plane.

At the top we had our lunches we’d packed. 
We took the time to rest and visited for about an hour and a half. 
It was so sunny up there!

I wish we didn't have to leave, but we knew the journey 
back down would be difficult and lengthy so we headed back. 
It felt like forever even though we were moving much faster thanks to gravity. :)

On the way back down we came across a pretty creek we 
hiked alongside and a bridge. 
It's hard to get a good picture when there's people congestion.
The next day both of us were so sore, but it was worth it. 
It was good for me to get out there and try something new. 
Excellent for the muscles and the body. 
Fantastic exercise and wonderful family bonding time. :)



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  1. WOW! What beautiful scenery! I would have loved it! Thanks for sharing it was worth the wait!

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    1. Isn't it? I enjoyed that hike so much! Thanks for reading!

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