I am in the process of catching people up with some early hikes and other encounters with nature that I thought people might find interesting as part of a "How It Began" (HIB) series. Mostly this will describe specific hikes and perhaps some lessons learned along the way...if there are any. They are meant to be short and, perhaps helpful in some way to other hikers or fellow-travelers. I will post the dates of when I hiked a specific mountain since the ones in this series are NOT posted at or near the date hiked.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2021
What a hike this was. We took a few days and stayed up north to get some hiking done. First up was the 10.2 mile loop of Tom, Field, and Willey--all 4,000 footers--and the slightly smaller Mount Avalon. We had a somewhat rainy and overcast day for it, but we had taken the time off and up we went. When I say "loop" I am being somewhat generous. The map looks like a lollipop that was dipped in fuzz. We chose Mount Tom first (off a spur from the Main trail). Then we hit Field for the first time. Then there was a longish hike to Willey, then back to Field as the fog closed us in and a return to the actual loop onto Avalon where, blessedly, we experienced one of the best views ever.