A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to one of my three sisters, Joanna, who resides in Concord, MA. Another one of my sisters, Lee, lives nearby and she joined us for one the hardest four-mile hikes I have ever done! Mount Monadnock located in Jaffrey, NH, is a 3165-feet granite monster. It is one of the most climbed mountains in the world (who knew) and was a favorite of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson even wrote a poem about the place entitled, “Monadnoc”.
I was excited about our adventure as any time with two of my sisters is always good. However, at the time, I didn’t realize I would be hiking in a vertical fashion through ice and snow. I laughed when the park ranger said, “It takes about a mile per hour.” I scathingly retorted, “A mile an hour? Don’t you mean four miles per hour?” How the mighty fell that fateful day on Mount Monadnock. Perhaps my first clue should have been when Joanna obliquely said, “There are a few hard spots on the trail I just can’t remember where they are.”
On finishing the trail we were tired and very proud of ourselves. Although, Lee and I whined (a tiny bit) while traversing Monadnock, we thoroughly enjoyed it and were so glad Joanna brought us there.
Now onto the most important question – what libation would best warm our chilly bones?