Hiking Wachusett Mountain

This one has been on my to-do for a while. I was going to hike it the first weekend in September (after Labor Day), but I was exhausted both physically and mentally – more on that later. Then I was going to hike it last Sunday, but I stayed up way too late on Saturday… Continue reading Hiking Wachusett Mountain

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Hiking Mount Greylock and Saddle Ball Mountain

This past weekend, I went "home." I got to Longmeadow late morning on Friday (thank you to my boss, who insisted I sleep in after not sleeping at ALL Monday-Wednesday!) and checked the weather constantly. It was looking like Sunday was going to be the better weekend day to hike, as Saturday's mountaintop forecast for… Continue reading Hiking Mount Greylock and Saddle Ball Mountain

Completing My First Official Hiking Challenge

As I wrote about recently, my dad and I completed the Fulton Chain Trifecta on July 14 – my last full day of summer vacation. I finally got around to sending in for my patch the following week. In addition to a form that asks what dates and times (honestly wasn't sure if they wanted… Continue reading Completing My First Official Hiking Challenge

Hiking the Blue Hills Skyline Trail (End to End)

Saturday was my second solo hike and possibly my hardest hike ever. It was definitely my most mentally difficult hike. I truly enjoyed the quiet time alone with nature and my thoughts, but there were a handful of times when I could have used some motivation or even just some commiserating. I intended to let… Continue reading Hiking the Blue Hills Skyline Trail (End to End)

Hiking the Fulton Chain Trifecta – Rocky, Black Bear, and Bald/Rondaxe Mountains

We finally made it to Old Forge on my last full day of vacation. It was another early start, and the skies looked ominous, but fortunately they cleared by the time we parked the first trailhead, about 2.5 hours after leaving the cottage. The parking lot for Rocky and Black Bear Mountains is actually a… Continue reading Hiking the Fulton Chain Trifecta – Rocky, Black Bear, and Bald/Rondaxe Mountains