Sunday, July 15, 2012
Northern Wapack-North Pack and Pack Monadnock
Adam's Blog and his experience with the Wapack and Back 50 mile ultra running marathon he completed this past May.
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I'd get to the summit and be very disappointed. Views would be compromised and the place would be packed. I've now come to the conclusion I just don't like summits with auto access. Yes, I think it's great they exist for those unable to hike a mountain, but it's just not for me. I love a summit for its raw, natural and rugged beauty. Seeing a bunch of cars parked in the middle of it strips it of that IMO. I'd eat my PB&J at picnic table as quickly as I could and then head on my way.
Whimsical and rustic stairs to make the hike more enjoyable.
I'd be about .2 miles from where I was going to turn around and be very happy to see this sign marker because I wanted to see how accurate my Garmin was compared to the 5.2 miles which is what I'd hiked already.
By then the cloudy morning had soon turned sunny with increasing temperatures.
I'd get in my car and the craving I had for ice cream had suddenly turned into a full blown obsession. It wouldn't be until I was near the New Hampshire/Massachusetts border that I'd finally find a place that sold ice cream so I slammed on the breaks to get my fix.
You have no idea how hard it was not to order some fried clams to go with the ice cream, but figured it wouldn't be wise with the touch of nausea I had due to mild dehydration.
I'd finally decide on a chocolate frappe given the fact I could consume it while driving which one can not do while eating a sundae (believe me, I've tried!)
I'd finally make it home and be amazed at how much energy I still had after hiking 11 miles. In the past when I ran this distance I'd be dead the rest of the day. The hike had me energized though so I made a nice dinner to go with my beer for the night.
Similar recipe in case your'e interested. I didn't frost mine or put it in fancy layers as I wsa too lazy, but not only is it tasty, but can be very pretty if you want to put the effort in which I didn't.
And now back to beer. My running and beer buddy Lance has such a passion for beer that he blogs about it. He'd introduce me to the Hopulent IPA (above) but also to the beer below.
Sonoran While Chocolate Ale. Now he knows my beer tastes enough to know what I like but this was beyond expectations. I've had my share of beer over the past year and a half but this hands down was the most unique and enjoyable of them all. Seriously, if you see if offered somewhere GRAB it. My son's girlfriend who isn't a beer drinker thought it was delicious as well so that's saying a lot!
So in the end, not a bad way to spend a summer's July day. A little bit of hiking, ice cream and beer. Yes I can live with that!
Take care all.