Hiking up the Stairway to Heaven

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The sun lied and shone on our faces as we packed for the hike, teasing us with her warmth into thinking we’d get to hang out all day.

IMG_7633.jpgWe were lost before we even got to the trailhead, navigating the pothole/lake-filled washboard roads, looking for wood cut signs amidst the shrubs to mark the way. IMG_7637.jpgWhen we reached the trail, we had to stop every 10 seconds to appreciate the magic.

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It was slow going. Look at all the details we had to investigate!

The trail layered over treetrunks and under bushes. Often we couldn’t see the trail at all.

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There is a trail in there somewhere

But then it would open up into a fairy meadow, towering trees above shielding the rain.IMG_7643.jpg
As always, my clothing allows me to blend naturally into the scenery.
_DSC0070Previous hikers laid ladders and ropes in the toughest spots. It felt like being in a game.
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We climbed straight up into a cloud, laying deep fog and drama all around us.
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The fog cleared a bit at the top, revealing mystic islands peeking out below.
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Once again, there wasn’t so much a path as a hope for the best.
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We came upon a new friend.
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I was caught in the act of real tree stump appreciation
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And we found the stairway to heaven (I always knew it’d be in the woods)

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