Sunday, October 19, 2008

Climb every mountain.


Most of Saturday was spent clambering up a mountain (5000+ feet elevation gain in just over 3 hours time), basking at the serenity up top with a PB & J and an orange and stumbling back down it again. Mt. Olympus is a thing of beauty, it is, and I can't believe I haven't taken advantage of it before now. Six of us took it on and I'd venture to say most of us are a little sore today as a result. Still, I'm completely glad we did it. The website I happened across said it'd take us 7 hours to accomplish and we managed to do it in 6. Not that anyone was in much of a hurry. And, you know ... something about being surrounded in Fall colors when it still feels like Spring outside makes me ridiculously happy. After yesterday's experience, with blog as my witness, I vow, here and now, to do this sort of thing lots more.

P.S. Chris and Cindy were there, too, but they both managed to escape my [borrowed] camera. He was way ahead of everyone and she was bringing up the rear. It happens.













Also, in the spirit of this entry ... and in light of the photos, yes ... you'd be doing yourself a real favor if you read this poem, a real beaut in the world of words and leaves and all that is beautiful ...

11 comments:

lil' bohemian said...

Oh my. I'm smitten by the beauty.

tanyamae said...

i love your photos... ok if a steal a few??? :)

Dainon. said...

I have an inkling I know which ones you wanna steal. Call it a hunch ...

jess said...

gorgeous photos! i heart fall. i drove by an orange tree today that took my breath away. thanks again for popping by willing to help me move.

tanyamae said...

was your hunch right?

Surly Temple said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos!

tim and brandi said...

These are beautiful pictures Dainon, and it makes me really miss the change in seasons.

So this reminded me of the one and only time I ever hiked Mt. Olympus. August 2005, it was a pretty warm, if not hot, day and I meant to get there by 9 or 10 am. The procrastinator in me had other ideas though and I ended up getting there about 12:30. That was my first mistake, my second was not bringing nearly enough water for afternoon sun conditions and my 3rd mistake was not wearing hiking shoes and only wearing my Chacos. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Lastly, I guess my 4th mistake was going by myself. I ran out of water about the time I got to the saddle and didn't have anyone there to talk me out of going all the way to the top. By the time I finally made it back down to the bottom I nearly needed an IV to re-hydrate me. My torn up feet were almost an afterthought, considering. So yeah, I'm a little jealous of YOUR hike, but I promise I've learned my lesson.

~b

Juliann said...

So, let's talk about these photos. . . are you applying a filter to get that slightly aged and somewhat 70's quality? Photoshop or a physical light filter? And the rounded corners? That adds to their aged, nostalgic feel. Bravo, friend! Share tips!

Dainon. said...

I do most of my work after the fact. Since I only have a point-and-shoot, I like to play with saturation levels and after having taken them. So some Photoshop, yes, and the rounded corners and aged quality are both part of a setting that I use a lot as well. Nothing too advanced, that's for sure. I'm an amateur hobbyist and little more ...

Domoina said...

I'm Tanya's friend. I was reading her bolg and then got to this blog. Couldn't help not to leave a comment after seeing your pictures of your Mt. Olympus hike. They are gorgeous!

Ninny Beth said...

I once climbed mt olympus. Let me rephrase that...I once crawled up mt. olympus. After hours of sitting wasted on rocks pretending to nip some water whenever someone would come by and shooing my compatriots on ahead with the defeated pose of a mountaineering loser, I finally conceded that I would not summit this time. SO I'm always grateful to see the view from the top via someone else's conquest.

PS. the word verification for this is SHORK. A new word begging to be defined if ever there was one.