This was the third annual Monster Hike, taking place between Station Road Bridge and Everett Road Covered Bridge, with a midpoint for “Half-Monsters” starting at the Boston Store Visitor Center.
The only True Monsters this year were the organizers, Luther and Emily. The rest of the gang (Karl, Kirsten, Kevin, Olivia, and myself) arrived at the endpoint to drive to the midpoint, around 1PM (it was actually later but that’s a story for another time). Sadly, Anna could not make it this year, due to being 1,312 miles from the hike (approximately). Luther and Emily were happily munching on Mitchell’s ice cream waiting for the halfers.
Let us BEGIN! And let’s hope the girl in pink doesn’t murder me… I am borrowing her sunglasses after all.
The hike started meandering near the highway. Luckily that was a short section, and we were whisked away into the woodlands soon enough.
Seen above: the men discussing manly things.
We needed to go off-path to circumvent a river crossing (or something, there was some reason). This proved a bit tricky footing.
Karl makes it down without falling. Good job!
More people trying to escape the branches. Kevin is still off on the upper slope finding his own path. Good for him!
We saw a few different animals and critters, including a praying mantis swinging in the wind (so cool, a rare treat!), a rooster, and some goats. (NOTE: Goats NOW pictured)
Praying Mantis, praying for their extinction to not come around for a while yet.
Where… am I? This seems wrong: A Rooster’s Tale.
The last few miles were tough, even for the halfers. But eventually, we made it!
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After the hike, we were hungry. But there is no rest (or food) for the wicked (or weary).
We first had to pack 7 people into Karl’s tiny car. Well, really 9 people, as Kevin, Olivia, and Karl add up to an additional 2 people. Olivia squeezed into the trunk. Kevin took shotgun, Karl drove (obviously), and the rest of the 4 of us squeezed into the backseat.
I was pretty comfortable, all said.
We proceeded to Kevin’s car, and split the group into 3 and 4 people (as I said then, “the best we can do to get an even split, without cutting someone in half”. Hey it’s Halloween, these ideas are worth contemplating).
Then we get to the Winking Lizard and it’s a 45 minute wait. Too long.
So we go pick up Scout (Ford Focus) and head to Naf Naf (who’s there? Pita? Pita who? Pita’n my pants) Grill, with Falafel and Shawarma and all that. I had Baba which would make Anna sad as that’s her favorite 😦
Kirsten was probably laughing at left turns and sour candies at this point. The Vicks sure seem satisfied!
Luther attempts to get me back for the butter knife folly of yesteryear. Emily is excited per usual. Yum that food looks tasty!
top of the falls!
… and finally here’s a cute picture of Anna from another hike, sporting her favorite Tremont Scoops hat! Wish you could have been here Anna!