A Birthday Wish on Imp Face (May 4, 2013)

View From Imp
View From Imp

Today was on of my sister’s birthday.  It was a big day for her and where was I? Not with her, but somewhere that was dear to her heart.  Don’t worry I’m not a bad sister, not spending it with her. You see she is having a big bash with the entire family when we can be together later in the month.  I wanted to give her a gift though today and that was a view of her favorite mountain, Mt. Washington.

My sister is a hiker. Before her knee replacements she hiked Mt. Washington on a regular basis.  She loves that mountain.  I would hear her tales of hikes in rain, thunder, sleet and in good weather. I would think that girl is crazy, but boy did I admire her for doing that.  She would even hike it solo and I was so jealous, she had so much confidence to do it alone.  I finally conquered Mt. Washington in August and thought of her the entire way up.  Once was enough for me.  I prefer finding viewpoints to look at Mt. Washington.

I knew I had to find a hike that gave me the view of that majestic beast, so I could send it to her in a birthday message.  Imp Face was the logical choice.  I owe this sister that much.  She was my second mom as a baby.  I would ask for her before our own mother.

Off to Imp Face we went.

trail head
trail head

The path started off easy through a pine covered trail with the roaring Imp brook to our left.

soft carpet under feet
soft carpet under feet

 

Mike scooted off the trail to snap a few pictures of the brook.

Imp Brook
Imp Brook

We had two large brook crossings, the second one almost stopped me from continuing on.  For short legs, it was a big space between boulders, but after a bit of convincing from Mike, I stretched those legs and made it.

first brook crossing
first brook crossing
2nd brook crossing that was difficult for me. For Mike easy
2nd brook crossing that was difficult for me. For Mike easy

Typical White Mountain fashion, we ascended directly up from there.

Up I go
Up I go

After a bit of the up, we hit a large wooded area that was “flat” and the spring flowers started to dot the trail.

Trillium blooming
Trillium blooming
sweet yellow flower
sweet yellow flower

After this section it was time to ascend the stairs.

stairs
stairs

From the stairs we start some real New Hampshire White Mountains hiking.  Rocks that you step up on, mud you squish in and snow you sink in.

stone steps
stone steps

 

Mike trudges through the snow
Mike trudges through the snow

Luckily we had snow as I suffered another flesh wound on this trail.  Mike carried a snowball to the ledges, so he could ice and clean out my leg wound.  What a good guy.  We reached the summit and the views were spectacular. What a great birthday gift I could send my sister.

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We spent around 45 minutes hanging out, snapping photos, eating, sending photos and attending to my minor flesh wound.

Mike's selfie
Mike’s selfie
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Me posing

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Snow makes a perfect ice pack
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My almond bars enjoying the view

I was really happy to be here and to be able to send my sister a great birthday present, a view.

happy me
happy me

This was an amazing day for a beautiful hike.  The views were even better than we anticipated and the sky was stunning.

one final look
one final look

Down we descended.  Ready to return “home” to a much deserved glass of wine to toast my sister and finish off a perfect afternoon in the white mountains.

The ending
The ending

Happy Birthday My Hiking Birthday Sister.

The Details: 4.4 miles out and back. Four hours, including hanging on the ledges.  1875 elevation gain.  Overall not a demanding hike, but I would not  attempt water crossings in high water.

The Details
The Details

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5 comments

  1. Beautiful photo’s and I’m sure your sister will love it. What a great story. Hiking is the best. God Bless you both…….

  2. Excellent blog report about an excellent birthday gift for your sister.

    And I must also add that your description of “”real New Hampshire White Mountains hiking” is right on the mark, i.e.. Rocks that you step up on, mud you squish in and snow you sink in. 🙂

    John

    1. Have to love hiking this time of year up here, you get all kinds of conditions that make it an adventure. Thanks for your comments.

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