Before children, hiking was something my husband and I enjoyed doing on a regular basis. After children, hiking has become a trail walk or a short hike up a small mountain with two toddlers in tow. Saturday my husband and I celebrated our anniversary and decided that we would go hiking (without children) for the first time in 5 years! Most of the hikes we would have liked to tackle are a good hour or more drive from where we live so we settled on what I recall being a fairly easy hike, but something too intense to do with children.
We chose to drive 40 minutes to Mt. Major located in Alton, NH. Both my husband and I have hiked this particular mountain many times in our life, and I remember it being fairly easy. Well this hike was proof that my hiking days are a thing of the past, I was huffing and puffing 5 minutes into it! I work out 5-6 days a week, run 2-3 miles on a regular basis, and consider myself in decent physical shape but this mountain decided to prove me otherwise. My husband couldn’t believe that I was sweating and having a hard time breathing as he was barely breaking a sweat. I tried to use the excuse that I was carrying the backpack with all the food and water, but let’s be serious, it didn’t weigh that much. Even though I was struggling to breathe I kept going with just a few stops for water, and to check out the blister that was developing on my heel. We reached the top quicker than I had anticipated (that’s a good thing, right?!) and the view was nothing short of beautiful.
This is a view of Lake Winnipesaukee from a spot just below the summit of Mt. Major
It was the perfect day for a hike and we enjoyed some trail mix overlooking the lake before descending down a different side of the mountain. As we made our way down the mountain we tried to remember how long of a hike Mt. Major is and were guessing that it was roughly a mile each way. I wear an activity tracking band (This is the one I wear) so we were hoping to be able to come close to what it would tell us at the end. Boy were we wrong! It turns out our hike took us 4.5 miles for a total of 8,840 steps. It made me feel a little better about my lack of hiking skills for the day 🙂 I am so glad my husband and I had the opportunity to get out and enjoy the day together, I look forward to doing it again. Hopefully next time it won’t be as major for me as it was this time!