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flowers in bloom
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a grand view to take one's mind off of the steps to come.
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the first 1/5 down.
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phlox on bloom by the side of the parking lot.
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dead tired exhausted at the end of the steps (the descent into Hell - literally - the humidity was awful as we went back to the car).
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the 100th step is so faded, it's hard to see - you can't see the 1.
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a beautiful patch of mountain laurel waiting to erupt into bloom.
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the descent
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1/3 of the way to the bottom.
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every journey begins with a single step.
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the descent begins
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rock piles on the trail.
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obstacle boulder
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more obstacle boulders
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to think - I was lost below this part of the trail in the fall - fortunately, I didn't make that mistake again - even if we got off the trail again.
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walking through moss covered paths.
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the only wildflower that we saw all day (at least on the trail)
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somewhere beneath there, there were rattlers. I heard at least 2 of them. for as much as I'd like to see one in the wild, I don't want to have one spring up and whack a dork on the rocks.
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the rockpile about to be explored
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the only moving life (a toad) that we got on camera. The snake that slithered quickly away from me - not so much, but he was a big guy.
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rock log
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the acorns were everywhere on the trail at the top.
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moss spreading and growing
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mountain laurel blooming
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the water was flowing nicely on that day in May.
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hotter and sweatier messes.
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the view below - way below!!!
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climbing up the short cut - we went down the stairs by the abandoned building (the right way).
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abandoned building at the top - home of the world's last Soundgarden memorial.
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hot and sweaty messes!
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dang! what a view!!!
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king of the mountain
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And so the walk begins.
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36 to go! The 4 digit milestone!!
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the rains from the week create a creek on the steps.
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Home stretch!
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rock piles
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236 to go!
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about 2/3 of the way to the top.
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mossy walls make a good pit stop.
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halfway home!
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another mile marker passed
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looking back on the past.
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about 1/3 of the way up to the top - damn the humidity!
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an ice cream cone for the road.
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25 viewsfinal warmup on the standing stone steps summer 2013
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26 viewsfinal warmup on the standing stone steps summer 2013
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Feel it in the calves and thighs... it's all good!
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I thought she was too tired to hike the trail!
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27 viewsfinal warmup on the standing stone steps summer 2013
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Definitely too tired to keep hiking - at least without a break!
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Definitely getting down easier than she got up (and definitely making it look easier than I did!).
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Clark's View summit!
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30 viewsfinal warmup on the standing stone steps summer 2013
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32 viewsfinal warmup on the standing stone steps summer 2013
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sweaty, nasty!
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big' ol fungi!
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Heather doesn't like this trail. Can you tell?
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31 viewsfinal warmup on the standing stone steps summer 2013
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31 viewsfinal warmup on the standing stone steps summer 2013
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32 viewsfinal warmup on the standing stone steps summer 2013
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29 viewsfinal warmup on the standing stone steps summer 2013
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30 viewsfinal warmup on the standing stone steps summer 2013
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30 viewsfinal warmup on the standing stone steps summer 2013
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