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Max Patch Magic Show

5:22 p.m. on October 5, 2012 (EDT)
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I am a little late on this one. This trip was on 8/19-8/20 just to the top of Max Patch. My friend, Ashley (one of my bridesmaids in the Yosemite pictures), wanted to try out backpacking, so we thought that Max Patch would be a great place for her to start!

It was kind of groggy out when we got there, but we were able to get some good views in before the sky turned completely gray.


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While there is nothing wrong with these views at all, I was disappointed for Ashley because every time we have gone there, we have had breathtaking views. I guess we are just spoiled now! We did have a really good time hanging out beside the campfire and listening to music, while enjoying the nice temperatures. There were a LOT of people up there this time. 

 

When I unzipped the tent the next morning, I was STUNNED by this view! It literally took my breath away! I had NO idea it would look like this. I was expecting a murky sky and maybe even some rain.
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As usual, Max Patch NEVER failed to produce unbelievable beauty.


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Ashley and I


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This was literally right in front of us!


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The A.T. appearing to vanish into the clouds
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Jay descending back to the car


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Well...I am pretty sure we were meant to go that weekend! I've never seen clouds like this in my life! I am SO glad we went. Ashley had a great first trip, as well!

6:21 p.m. on October 5, 2012 (EDT)
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Wow, A, I've been there many times and I never get pictures like you do! Very cool...

2:00 p.m. on October 6, 2012 (EDT)
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Thanks! I don't know how it is possible, but I've just been incredibly lucky!

11:26 a.m. on October 8, 2012 (EDT)
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Wow, just beautiful. 

On more than one occasion when staying on a bald, I've been floored when stepping out of my tent in the morning.  It's like having the universe hand you your hat, saying "Yeah, your whole concept of the world is kinda weak. Things are a lot bigger and more beautiful than you seem to believe."

Well, at least that's what it's felt like to me a few times :) 

11:24 a.m. on October 23, 2012 (EDT)
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Thanks, Gonzan.

I know what you mean! The more you get out there, the more opportunities you have to see clouds, stars, sunsets, and sunrises that will knock your socks off. Hence, why I try to go hiking so often! I've yet to go hiking without being rewarded in some way. Everything might not always go the way that it is planned, and the weather might not always cooperate, but every time I go, I learn something new and see something in a way that I've never seen it before.

5:47 p.m. on October 23, 2012 (EDT)
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Hiking is a world of unexplored possibilities.

You get to go places you've never been, to see things you never expected to see, and do things you never thought you could do.

7:41 p.m. on October 29, 2012 (EDT)
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Extremely cool photos Ashleigh!

I would love to spend next weekend on a high bald but instead I will be walking through ferns, cane, and a lot of dirt/mud/water to get to a favorite camping spot at about 63' in elevation.

I might print out one of your photos and hang it on a tree nearby to look at.

Thanks for sharing your trip & photos!

I sure do miss those views since I moved away.

What were the temps and wind like?

Mike G.

10:33 a.m. on November 7, 2012 (EST)
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Thanks, Mike!

I hope you had a great time on your trip!

There was no wind at all that night/morning (RARE) and the high was probably 70, low was about 45. Nice weather!

 

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