In less than a week I've flown to and fro, hiked up and down, and pretended to play catch up.
There's never enough time.
Never time enough at Mom's house.
Never time enough to do all the things I want to do.
Never time enough to do all the things I need to do.
And I don't know if there will ever be time enough to do it all again.
But we made time to check this one off the bucket list!
I met up with some hikers on the summit of the mountain and told them a Grandma was about to come up and they agreed to cheer for her as she came over the rim. They stood up and clapped and screamed for her when she came up.
We had a hard time discerning the trail at some points. People get lost hiking here almost every summer. But we found our way up and then followed the strict directions from other's to stay on the ridge coming down.
The official brochure from the USDA Forest Service for climbing Mt. McLoughlin said, "You'll need to be in good physical condition, though not a "technical climb" (crampons, ice axes, or ropes are not required), climbing the mountain is more than a walk in the park. You will be gaining nearly 4,000 feet in elevation over a span of 5.5 miles, climbing all the way over mostly rocky terrain."
I might add, the first 3 miles covers 700 vertical feet. The last 2.5 are the remaining 3,300 feet.
There's not enough time to sit and enjoy the 360º view from atop the mountain. (Mt. Shasta in the distance.)
I love my Momma, I'm proud of her, and I'm grateful we got to share her bucket list experience of climbing the mountain.
And after an almost week break, I can say I'm ready to do it again....next year.
I hope there will be enough time.