Atop Mt. Lafayette

It was my first overnight hiking trip–the highest I’ve ever camped (around 4,000 feet above sea level). Each day began like a Comedy of Errors.

Day One: Up before sunrise, thankful for full moon to help me see, broke camp in the dark (and what I thought was cold), filled the Honda Fit with rucksacks and other gear, started to drive to trail head, realized I hadn’t closed the hatchback, heard a thud, stopped car, got out, reloaded the car with all the gear that fell out of the open hatchback. Felt confident that hike would go well.

Day Two: Up before sunrise (in hope of seeing sunrise), thankful for full moon, wandered into woods to get food suspended in trees in an attempt to outwit bears, was warned by other campers to watch out for their clothesline so as not to be decapitated, so worried about clothesline I walked into a sharp shard of tree branch still attached to the tree, impaled my pectoralis major, tried not to yelp so as not to wake up other campers, was useless in the attempt to help get food down since I was too busy considering the possibility that an impaled pec muscle might make my bosom deflate, got the hot chocolate I promised my fellow hikers I’d provide for watching the sunrise, proud of myself for finding really light Swiss Miss, waited for water to boil, got really excited about hot cocoa because temperature was below freezing and woke up with ice covering my tent, still cold, giddily poured packet of cocoa mix into first cup, got ready to pour second packet, emptied second packet, realized that this hot cocoa weighed the least because two of the four packets contain marshmallows instead of hot cocoa, utterly disappointed, four people shared two hot cocoas while enjoying a full-spectrum sunrise followed by a challenging hike with superb views.
It was a good hike and a good day.

It was a wonderful trip.

About the Author:

Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.


  1. Matthew Atwater September 16, 2009 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Mt Lafayette is an amazing hike and a great workout.

  2. Deborah September 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    LOLOLOLOL – I’m still loving your imagination and am stuck on the deflate……..

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