Saturday, September 19, 2009

Camel's Hump

After eating home-made blueberry pancakes this morning, a group of us staying at the Sleepy Hollow Inn in Huntington, Vt., headed for Camel's Hump. It was a great way to begin the day. We drove to the base of the mountain it took us about an hour and a half to hike to the highest of two humps. I cannot believe it has been just over 20 years since my first and only ascent of Vermont's third-highest mountain, which got its name from the distinctively shaped two peaks. The mountain can be seen from Burlington, and is an obvious favorite of many local hikers. On top, ice covered the pine-tree branches that grew in unison with alpine grass and rock. The wind blew the thick clouds right past us, making it impossible to see what normally is a great view. Being in the clouds felt refreshing, especially with a PBR in hand. My brother and I got a quick beer buzz and decided to take off our shirts. This was the start of our wedding day.