Monday, February 4, 2013

I Miss Summer

I definitely am getting anxious for spring/summer, that's for sure.

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!

Do you like hiking? What are you looking forward to the most this summer?

22 comments:

  1. I miss summer too!!!! I am sure you won't want to hike after or before MDI! ;) I do like hiking but we haven't been in such a long time. We need to get the kids out there for a hike this summer.

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    1. Haha yea definitely not, which is unfortunate since we have never gone hiking in the fall. Oh well!

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  2. I used to live right down the road from Beech Mountain... I did that hike lots of time and loved it everytime!

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  3. I miss summer as well! and I LOVE hiking. We must hike this summer and I think you and Mike will have to come to our cottage this year....drinking isn't optional - it's a must! ;) but there's running and swimming too ;P

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  4. I hear you, Jamie--spring can come *any* time! ;) The weather definitely affects my mood, too--when it's cold, dark, rainy, etc., all I want to do is cuddle up on the couch and drink hot chocolate, but warm and sunny weather energizes me!

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  5. I hike in the ADK in winter & summer. I love hiking. I've actually incorporated it into my training schedule. (maybe it'll help me prepare for an ultra!)

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  6. Uh I can't wait to SWIM this summer! I have a beautiful outdoor lap swimming pool in my neighborhood, so picturesque and it's always the best way for me to start my steamy summer day! And, of course, there's the whole I'm a teacher with summers off, even though I work summer school!

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  7. Did a ME trip a couple years ago in October - didn't really hike, but drove around through a lot of the beauty and stayed in a B&B just blocks from the MDI marathon starting line. LOL So cool! Definitely want to go back.

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    1. Fun! I didn't really appreciate it while I lived there, but now I do!

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  8. I'm gonna treat this question as rhetorical because I'm pretty sure you KNOW I spend most of my time in the mountains ;) But, hiking is also great cross training so maybe you'll still have time to fit some in!

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  9. when I lived in teh midwest I longed for summer...but in Miami GAHH i hate it. I love your photos and soooo miss having places like that to hike. Definitely makes trips to CO and such so much fun after being where it's so flat

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  10. Hiking is living! Lets get you guys to some of the peaks in the ADK! They are beautiful - Winter hiking to me is so much more fun than summer. Its a bigger challenge - but higher reward. It feels great to be out on the trails when you know you are the first one out there that day - breaking trail!!!!

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    1. Let's do it! As much as we love hiking, I'm sad to say we haven't really been in New York (or anywhere else but Maine).

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  11. I totally want warmer weather for training purposes! Those pictures are gorgeous!!!

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  12. We are big hikers too! One of our favorite peaks is in Maine--Katahdin. :)
    I miss summer too! These gray days are so depressing. Blah.

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  13. I am not going to tell you what temp it has been here all week... :) But I was always craving spring by January/February in NY, hang in there!

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  14. I love hiking and we used to go to local state parks in IN to do it, but no real elevation there. This summer my run buddy and I went up to Asheville, NC and hiked there it was gorgeous. However, summer in SC is too hot. Can we just be ready fro spring?

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  15. ahhh summer! How I miss it! Love the doggie!!! so sweet!

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  16. I'm not much of a hiker but I definitely miss summer. I am tired of wearing 16874613 layers when I go running.

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  17. I am ready for spring and summer too!!!!! I can't wait to start hiking again!!!! Bernie is a doll xoxox

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  18. I miss summer too. Warm weather, sunshine, and flip flops are in my near future!

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