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Sea Legs atop a Mountain

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I stood staring out across the expanse of color which covered the mountains before me. As I drew air into my body I reveled in the accomplishment upon which I stood. Each breath cleansing my body of all the pain, frustration, and disappointment of the past year.

The first glimpse of the colors to come!

The first glimpse of the colors to come!

On this day it was the air which had me totally immersed in the season. The smell of fallen leaves permeated the air making each breath a reminder of how precious life is.
It was a hike day. Not just any hike but the first hike since I had been sent back to PT and informed my leg was weak and I was on limited activity.

View from the East Ledges

View from the East Ledges

I Packed my bag, including only what I NEEDED, which naturally meant my camera, 2 lenses, and extension tubes. There was no way I was going to miss out on photo opportunities during the fall.

This was just a small hike, elevation gain of 1450′ and 4.8 miles to be exact.

The hike up was littered with little items of beauty. I paused along the way snapping pictures of interesting things, many of which were taken with my iPhone.

Autumn colors lit from behind

Autumn colors lit from behind

When we reached the East Ledges we settled in for a quick lunch and some photo opportunities. The iPhone went away and the real camera came out.

Meeting the wildlife

Meeting the wildlife

Attempted to catch and eat this beautiful creature

Attempted to catch and eat this beautiful creature

It might take a moment but she really does love being held in my lap.

It might take a moment but she really does love being held in my lap.

We continued on our way enjoying the views as we worked our way around to the summit. Upon the Summit I settled in and braced my knee up. As we started down the wobble of my legs became apparent and I was thankful for my forethought!

A beautiful hike down with the light fading and the colors becoming more vibrant as the harsh light of midday ebbed.

Trillium remnants

Trillium remnants

This beauty sat just off the side of the trail.  Happy to have seen it!

This beauty sat just off the side of the trail. Happy to have seen it!

Last view headed off the mountain

Last view headed off the mountain

There will be more!!!

This is just the beginning - Photo courtesy of Mikaela Ritter

This is just the beginning – Photo courtesy of Mikaela Ritter

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