A Perfect Weekend
Published on October 23, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about how hiking and the Red Sox mae for a perfect weekend.

Here's an excerpt:

I have two baseball caps that I like to wear when I’m hiking: a Red Sox 2004 World Series champions cap, and a Red Sox 2007 World Series champions cap. And with the Red Sox headed to the World Series, I’m hoping to add a third cap to my collection.

On Saturday morning I donned my 2007 cap for a hike up Rocky Peak Ridge, one of the Adirondack high peaks. A friend and I attempted this hike about a month ago, but from a less traveled, fairly difficult trail that starts in New Russia. We hiked and hiked, but ended up turning back before reaching the summit due to the late hour, dropping temperatures and ominous clouds. Despite failing to meet our goal, we had a fantastic time: Much of the hike takes place on bare, open rock, which makes for outstanding views. And we didn’t see any other hikers, which was nice. We felt like we had the forest and mountains to ourselves.

Last weekend we decided to return to the high peaks and hike Rocky Peak from the west. This is a more popular route, because it is shorter and takes hikers past Giant Mountain, quite possibly my favorite high peak. We started off surrounded by other hikers, but quickly got away from them. It wasn’t long before we were above the trees, marching over steep, open rock and taking in the stunning scenery. We could see the surrounding peaks, Chapel Pond and the fading yellow leaves of the poplars. The weather was on the cool side, but nice: I wore wind pants, a long-sleeved shirt and, at one point, gloves. When we lunched on the summit, I took off my baseball cap and put on a knit cap. But I warmed up quickly once we got moving again.

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