Growing up, and even now to some extent, I would experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I think that running has helped to alleviate the symptoms, but I am starting to really miss the warm weather and the sun. For those of you who have never been to Rochester in the winter, the sun practically disappears and we are left with a grey sky.
I love summer for many reasons, I get to run in tank tops and shorts for one, but we also get to do one of our other favorite activities: hiking.
Mike came to visit me in Maine one summer while we were on summer break, and we decided to go hiking. We went up South Bubble Mountain and then we decided to hike up North Bubble Mountain.
That was back in 2006 and since then we have gone hiking almost every time we have been in Maine during the summer. We have hiked up 13 mountains on Mount Desert Island and we have hiked three other trails that aren't really considered mountains.
We've gone hiking by ourselves and with our parents and my brother.
And Bernie, of course!
Just in case you are curious here is a list of the mountains (and trail) we have hiked, in order based on elevation:
Great Head Trail (145 feet)
Kebo Mountain (407 feet)
Gorham Mountain (525 feet)
St. Sauveur Mountain (679 feet)
Acadia Mountain (681 feet)
South Bubble Mountain (768 feet)
Beech Mountain (839 feet)
North Bubble Mountain (872 feet)
Parkman Mountain (941 feet)
Bald Peak (974 feet)
Penobscot Mountain (1,194 feet)
Pemetic Mountain (1,248 feet)
Dorr Mountain (1,270 feet)
Sargent Mountain (1,373 feet)
Unfortunately, since we are doing Musselman (our 70.3) this year and we are running the MDI marathon (where I am from) in October, I'm not sure if we are going to make it to Maine this summer. We probably won't be up for hiking while we are there for the marathon in October either!