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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

On Saturday, June 4, John and I hiked the Beaver Brook trail. This was our third time hiking the trail, so we felt confident in our ability to hike it. Still, the sign posted at the trailhead always makes us stop and think:
This trail is extremely tough. If you lack experience, please use another trail. Take special care at the cascades to avoid tragic results.

No one wants tragic results while getting in shape. We discussed the trail, the weather (rain due at about 4 pm or later), and continued up the trail.

The one thing that we love about the Beaver Brook trail is that it follows the waterfalls. On days when the rocks are dry, the trail is one of the most beautiful in the Whites. When the rocks are wet, the trail is extremely slippery, and the going is slow. When the trail is icy, you better fund another route.

We hiked under clear skies in our tee shirts for about an hour or two, gaining elevation quickly. Soon we needed our jackets and our hats in order to stay warm. I think that it was about 33 degrees. The wind was starting to pick up a bit too.
When we got above tree line, we put on our thicker jackets. John also put on his rain gear. The fog was thick at times, and the wind was a blowing hard. I had on every piece of clothing in my backpack. I was so happy to wear Jake Stetser’s hat. Hopefully, he won’t be needing it in California.

There were moments when the clouds would part, and if one was quick, you could get a great shot of the valley below.

The summit had about thirty people and four dogs on it. We took some time to talk with the thru hikers, and then sat down to enjoy the cool view. John and I split a PBJ before heading down the trail.

The views from Mooselauke are spectacular! I often wonder if the trail above tree line is probably a lot like Ireland. Maybe one day, I will find out for myself.
The clouds looked ominous as we made our descent. I hoped that we would beat the rain. Unfortunately, we did not.

We took our time, slowly sliding down the slippery slope. John fell once, and I tripped, but kept my balance. We managed to “avoid tragic results” on the Beaver Brook Trail.

After a nice hot shower and a change of clothes, we thanked God for a safe and successful hike. My favorite Bible verse when hiking is from the book of Jude:
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
On the way down, we took no photos. Our entire focus was on our safety. Even though it was a dangerous hike, we stayed safe on the trail, and had a great day. Thanks be to God.
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