After a melodramatic weather morning, when things finally started to slow down around noon I started thinking I should get out for a quick hike.
About an hour later I still couldn't make up my mind (I was in a weird "I don't want to hike but I need a hike mood") and went to Rattlesnake like I always do but decided I had time to go to Grand Prospect (I often will turn around at Stan's Overlook when I am in a time crunch).
There is a distinct vegetation change as you leave Stan's Overlook and start to commit to continuing up.
You leave the more recently logged:
And starting heading into mature second growth:
Notice Nim's stance, his ears, his general "I am going to die" demeanor on this bridge:
The bridge was rock stable, maybe a foot off the ground, and he totally hated it.
After that he wouldn't be agreeable on my next photo. Can you find his rear?
As we were nearing the top it was totally in the clouds.
Try as he might, Nim couldn't find the sun.
In fairness, of all the times I have done this hike, I can think of
maybe 2 in which it wasn't totally or partially clouded in (this was
pretty thick today however).
I have much better luck at
actually being able to see something at this point either in the
freezing winter or a full moon night hike...or a punishing combo of
I actually considering continuing on, but Nim gave me the face and I knew he was right.
I got one sort of sunny photo in the "flowers" with Fuller Mountain in the back. Fuller is one of my favorite places.
Shortly after this photo we were either in rain or thick clouds that were heavily misting - it was hard to tell.
I cooked up those dog pizzas I got at the farmer's market. Considering how long it has been since I have been around a true gourmet cheese pizza even I was overwhelmed with how good they smelled.
Nim was ready and waiting.