Yesterday was a beautiful day in the Monadnock Region, and we finally got out on a hike. We chose to hike North Pack Monadnock, a mountain that is located close to our home. We left shortly before noon taking Teds Trail to Carolyn Trail. I have been up the mountain numerous times, but this route was new to me. It is a place that few people know about, and because of this it has remained a special place. The entire time we were hiking we saw two people. Its one of the main reasons why we like staying close to home. The crowds are absent, and you get the same type of incredible scenery. Sometimes it is nice to get out into a quiet place that has been not been discovered.
The Monadnock Region is lucky to be blessed with many great hiking trails. Home to several large tracts of conservation land, the region has many trails and places for contemplation. Many of these smaller peaks are tucked away, and do not become overused. It is so quiet that you can hear the rhythmic ringing of the bell at the sheep farmers place down the hill. Yet in places you can see the stone walls that hold the secrets of our past. In many places we could only see where the trail went by the Yellow Blazes.
It was a beautiful afternoon. It was warm, yet the humidity that had hung in the air for much of the Summer was absent. The sun streamed down, hitting the forest floor in splotches. It was a great day to be alive. It is these simple things that you will remember years from now when everything else has faded.
These quiet untouched places have always called to me. We followed the trail through the woods until we passed into the Wapack National Wildlife Refuge. The woods are so incredibly quiet up there. The trees grow tall, and there is a special quality about the place. Frequent stops were made to gaze at the trees, or interesting features along the way. Here and there we would see signs of Moose, or smaller game. You could hear birds signing, or squirrels calling out. Tiny frogs would cross our path, disappearing as soon as we saw them.
It just reminded me, it is all about the journey.