Monday, September 28, 2015

Elevation: 11,929 Feet

 During our first ascent of the North Peak of Mt. Nebo almost exactly one year ago, we were already talking about "next year." This time around, we were a little older, a little wiser, and we gained a hiker.  Karson, who was living in Germany last year, joined us for this climb.
 We made better time this year, but we stopped on this same log for our morning banana break.
 The sky has been somewhat hazy as a result of all the wildfires in the west these last few weeks, but the beautiful rainstorms early in the week cleared out the atmosphere and our view from the first lookout was magnificent.
 After we crossed Wolf Pass it was time to tackle some major elevation.  Bring it on.
 For some reason, I expected it to be easier this time around.  It was not easier.  But it was every bit as awesome.  The summit was breathtaking - and not just because we were out of breath.  We took off our shoes, sat on the not-so-comfortable rocks, warmed up in the sun and ate lunch.  Up above the treeline, we saw hawks, mountain goats, and thousands (literally) of ladybugs.  We felt like we were on top of the world. 
 At 11,929 feet, the North Peak of Mt. Nebo is the highest in the entire Wasatch Range.  We could see all the way past the Point of the Mountain in Northern Utah County.  The sense of accomplishment coupled with the splendor of God's creations made standing on the peak and surveying our surroundings an experience to remember.
As with last year, our party boasted the youngest hikers on the trail by far.  Several other hikers commented on how impressed they were, or how crazy they thought we were.  Regardless of what anyone else thought, at the end of the day when we looked back and saw how far we had come, our hearts were filled with satisfaction and gratitude.  We live in such a phenomenally beautiful place.  Our bodies are healthy and strong and allow us to do so many things that we love.  We get to enjoy and accomplish things like this together.  There is so very much to be thankful for. 

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