The old me used to only see a great mountain view if I could drive to the top of the mountain. Now, I am happiest when I can “earn” it by hiking to the top. I think everyone should be able to enjoy that spectacular view, so today I found myself leading an unlikely crew, to what I consider an easy hike for the best reward around. Of course, I’m talking about Buffalo Mountain, where I’ve been many times. But today, my hikers included one complete novice, Liz
Another, somewhat newbie, who has only been on one previous hike with me, Patti
A seasoned hiker from out West, who has been looking for someone to hike with since she moved to the area, Patty
And my longtime, faithful hiker, Peggy
Together we enjoyed a beautiful fall day and had the top of the mountain all to ourselves! We were mostly strangers to each other, I knew Patti and Peggy, Peggy knew Patty, none of us knew Liz. But by the end of the day we were old friends enjoying an outing together and encouraging each other as we slowly made our way to the top. And even though there was a little haze in the air, they all agreed that the view was remarkable,
and that hiking, in a group, is just the best!