A couple of weeks ago, I briefly featured parts of this hike for the Daily Post theme “edge”. Mark and I chose to hike the very strenuous Precipice Trail on the last morning of our five-day vacation in Acadia National Park for two reasons: it promised to be a sunny day, so the views would be amazing (they were!) and we could rest up afterwards in the car on the long drive home (we did!). The trail was one of the toughest hikes we have ever done, but all the sweat and effort led to a fun climb and a reward of incredible views.
This almost vertical hike is not for the faint of heart. Metal rungs, big boulders, granite steps and metal bars to hold on to help you with the ascend. You walk along steep cliffs, staring into the abyss underneath, while a handrail attached to the rocks sometimes offers some physical security. For mental comfort, you are on your own. Mark, who has a fear of heights, contemplated for a while whether he would join me this way up Champlain Mountain. He is very glad he did, but admits there were two parts where he didn’t dare look down and scurried over the ledges as quickly as possible.
Returning the same way would be incredibly dangerous and – in my opinion – a tad foolish. Like most hikers, we took the slightly less steep trail back down the mountain.
This week’s Daily Post photo theme is “quest”. A hike like this is a perfect example of our quest for adventure, excitement, beautiful views, healthy exercise and expanding our horizons, especially when it comes to getting out of our comfort zone. Today’s Wordless Wednesday has more words than usual, but I hope you enjoyed the photos.
What does quest mean to you? Have you been on many quests lately?