|L to R, Morgan, Ali, Ryan, Kaitlyn, Kelsie, Reece, Tanner, Brian|
|Brian and Harvey|
We stopped at the usual spots: both viewpoints, the pond...
|Photo Cred: Morgan (Thanks!)|
I was watching our time and we were moving considerably slower than I had planned, and by the time we got to the cliffs, there was really no way we could still make it down before dark. So we headed to the peak.
We reached the peak at 7:15, about 45 minutes before sunset. The top was sporadically cloudy then sunny and clear.
|Ali on top of Deer Mountain|
|Kelsie and Kaitlyn silhouetted on top of Deer Mountain|
Oh. And this happened. More than once.
|Gotta look good for those profile shots!|
We played around at the top for far too long - until about 20 minutes before sunset. We ran down as quickly/safely as possible to get as far as we could while we still had some light. That got us to about the 1st viewpoint (about 30 minutes from the trailhead). This intense part is better on video (start around 2:11 for the hike down):
Fortunately, Morgan brought an awesome headlamp that helped immensely as we made our way through the dark.
We also told stories, laughed, and whistled/called to each other through the bear infested woods by the trailhead, so it made it a lot less scary and more entertaining at the end. Overall a much better experience than my solo hike two weeks ago when I was afraid for my life.