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 9/18: Trips 
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 9/18: Trips
Lolly and I met bright and early at 11:30 AM at the Livermore Trailhead parking lot. Once we got organized we strutted out for a loop of the Tri-P's... or TRIPS as we like to call them. It was a gloomy morning in Waterville with a very low cloud bank holding onto the peaks for dear life. But we could have cared less... so long as we were on a trail.

It was a rather damp morning but had warmed up a bit since the wee hours. A brisk pace also found us warming a bit as we stopped early to delayer.

At the sign where the South Slide section of the Tri Loop comes out.. we had noticed that it looks like someones grafitti had been freshly rubbed off the tree. We saw a ranger earlier but not sure if it was he or not. We did notice old residue of the marker on the sign had pointed the wrong direction and such. Jerks..

We continued on without thought... and what I mean by that is... with as wet as it was.. we should have either A.) Gone up South Slide... across the ridge and back... or B.) Scaur Trail. We found ourselves resting at the base of the north slide with a fresh slimy coat of seasoned moss sitting on the rocks and water seeping down out of the cracks. Hmmmmm ... this was about to go on the "dumb idea list."

Our quicker pace quickly turned to a careful struggle up the steep slippery North Slide. It took us an hour to ascend the slide itself and we found ourselves on the top of North Tri for 1:30pm. We stopped to talk to some backpackers who were hunkering down for some ramen soup. Mmmm.

We made our way across the ridge checking out the trouble spots for winter travel above. We concurred on the trouble spots and then descended the South Slide noticing fresh boot prints and a trekking pole. Someone was ahead of us and we wondered if we would see them.

Once off the slide the walk through the woods was grande. I love how all that green is still clinging to the forest yet a few spots of color from fallen leaves hangs on the trails. Truly gorgeous. We even noticed soem moose prints about in the mud.

Back on the Livermore road we was the hiker we were behind come out of the woods... we stopped to enter for a "break" of our own and we would never see him again until the parking lot. On the way out we were passed by a few mountain bikers and of course.. had some absolutely hilarious conversation.

Our original plan was to then go hike the O's... Osceola's... But Sarah requested I return home for some John and Sarah Time... she never asks much of me so I abliged. Lolly... she got to go out to dinner with old friends

Had a great day. On the way down the south slide we fell below the cloud level for some great views of Lost pass and Jennings Peak. Spectacular!!
This was my 2nd round of the Trips.. not many left on round 2... hope to be done by October 1st or 2nd... we'll see how the weather holds.

Until next time...
Happy Trails



Sun Sep 18, 2005 8:25 pm
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Nice report John! I love the tri's and must confess I've never heard of it called the trips. Makes sense now that I read it!

Not a dumb list at all. I once went w/a women up the North Slide Trail w/ the threat of T-storms. We could see them in the distance. Thankfully they never arrived.

Great to read your 48 x 2 this year. You must mean quality time. Blue skies to Sarah & you!

Mon Sep 19, 2005 8:11 pm
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