Saturday, August 8, 2009

ASA Photographic Unplugged

Another Summer trip up into the Notch. No Computer, no cell phone service, just us. Grampy joined us agian for the first few days too.

Together we all tackled a beautiful walk through the Flume.

Here are the boys saving me from a near miss = )

Then we hopped over to Canon Mountian and enjoyed a ride up tto the top on the Tram for lunch. After lunch Grammpy took a nap while we ventured around the top of Canon and took in the sites.

Matthew is starting to get some nice shots with his own little point and shoot. He got this one of this moth or butterfly....not sure what it's just cool.

This year the boys set a new hiking record for themselves. 5 miles up through Frankenstein cliffs and down through Arethusa Falls.

We hiked from about 9AM to about 5PM. Not a small task for little legs. At the top of the cliffs, there was an awesome shear drop that had to be at least a couple hundred feet. Being ever so cautious, we let the boys have a peak over the edge.

By mid afternoon, we reached Arethusa Falls.

The boys triumphant at the falls

On the trail straight out from Arethhusa falls we took a side path down the Bemis brook trail. A very steep climb down that hiked along the river through two more falls. Both very cool.

Steven managed not to fall asleep while roasting a marshmallow this year though he almost went out with a 1/2 a Smore in his hand. That would have been a score for me = ). He managed to pull through it though.

Having our new tent helped us get a little bit more sleep.

Last year we met Joe (aka Rabbit) who was hiking the Appalacian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Keeping with tradition, we went to the AT hikers cabin with our extra steak tips and trimings to see who was in town this year. We were lucky to meet Anya and Josh, a nice couple from George who flew up and started in Maine heading South bound back to Georgia. We got to chat with them a bit and we were able to give them a lift back to the trail head. I think Gail and I both agree that this is somthing that we would have done if given our younger years back again. We are both so facinated with the prospect of "trail life".

Best of luck to the two of you and we will be checking you blog from time to time.

So back at our campground and with our fearless hiking guide at the helm, we hiked all the trails around the campground and found more cool types of plants.

We walked the river back to our campsite and got our "family" picture again on what looks like the same log as last year.....

"2008 Trip"
No, but damn, that's pretty close though.

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