On Tuesday morning, Jeff and I got up early and were out the door by 5:30 a.m. to start our hike up Mt. Chocorua. We were so excited, but a bit disappointed by the clouds that were covering the mountain tops as we got outside. We were hoping that they would clear as the morning progressed. I had climbed Mt. Chocorua once before on the Piper Trail, so this time we would be taking the Champney Falls Trail on the other side of the mountain.
I made certain that Jeff read the notice at the base of the trail on the do's and dont's of a wild black bear encounter. I was a nervous wreck! I don't remember being concerned about the wild animals the last time I climbed the mountain. I guess it's just another change that motherhood has brought to me.
It took one hour to reach our first stopping point on the trail at Champney Falls. It had rained the day before, so the falls were beautiful. By the time we reached the summit of Mt. Chocorua, we had been hiking for 3 hours. We were extremely disappointed because it was extremely cloudy. Mt. Chocorua is known for it's 360 degree views, but we could barely see 15 feet in front of us. Although we felt a huge sense of accomplishment and were still very amazed by God's creations, we were disappointed that the visibility was so poor. It also started to rain on us as soon as we reached the summit. As we started our 3 hour trek back down the mountain, the clouds started to break, and we knew that later in the afternoon there would be a beautiful view from the top.
Although the view was disappointing, Jeff and I still had a wonderful day together. Praise the Lord that we didn't run into a wild black bear or any other wild animal!