HIKING was actually rock climbing! The invitation said 'hiking' and so I went with my scarf, tech gizmos, and other needless stuff expecting an easy trail with moderate walk and minimal trekking. It was not! The first stop was at the Sugar Loaf Mountain in the Highlands of New York. — at Breakneck Ridge.At this point I thought of backing out but when I looked down the steep incline, I decided it's easier not to give up. So there, I endured! Mommy, look at me!
As if my agitation wasn't enough, TIM, one of the peer guides, tells a story about a bear attacking a climber. That's me trying to ignore him. — at South Beacon Mountain.
I just conquered the third mountain, North Beacon Mountain! Resting to catch my breath. My thoughts came in randomized variety: NPAs living in the mountains of my country, poor rural students in the who walked to school everyday, feeling of getting lost, scary ticks and contractinglyme disease in the forest, slimy snakes and the oncoming storm, etc ... And yes, thinking how it's great to be just alive. Hehehhe ... nagdedeliryo na ako sa pagod! — at North Beacon Mountain
I find it so exciting that I came back with my friends the following week. Like the first time, we took the Metro North Train to destination. This picture was taken at Grand Central Station at 7am.
The hike is addicting. Considered one of the steepest trails in NY, Breakneck Bridge has breathtaking views of the Hudson River and Highlands. Halfway pa lang pero ang ilog ang ganda na. Majestic Hudson!
This second trip was eventful. A lot got so exhausted for underestimating the difficulty of the trail. It was a hot summer day and we ran out of water. One fellow got lost and was rescued by the Cold Spring Fire Department. He survived night time in the steep mountains without any food, water, light and equipment. We were so glad he was rescued and safe! The theme of the day was SURVIVAL. We learned so much on that day but it was still fun! We slept at the Cold Spring fire station.Read this link for a related story written by one of our hike mates. This was posted on CNN. [http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-825957] We came back a third time! This time with the Sanlo Hiking Society!
A daring spirit never goes home without 'battle wounds'. Here's mine proudly stamped on my forehead plus some bruises here and there after a much enjoyed day hike. No regrets (but i could have lost my head).
The third time is a charm. Now that it was easier for us, we even had time to create videos.
LINK TO VIDEO HERE. [http://youtu.be/3Ax066z0Kis]