Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Miikka goes hiking

 A view from Mt. Nebo
I have more pictures of Amsterdam to share, but since we just passed a national holiday, it seems like a good time to take a quick break and go for a hike. Not that we actually went hiking this past weekend - this trip was back over Memorial Day, while Benjamin's dad was visiting.  We wanted to show him some of the surrounding territory and go for a good hike that was a good length but not too long or too far away.  Mt. Nebo seemed to fit the bill, so away we went.

The day was hot and sunny, but otherwise not too bad for hiking. Benjamin and I last hiked Nebo in January of last year, when it was cold and ice hid in the shadows under the rocks. No such trouble this time.
Miikka, the Mighty Hiker
Once again, Miikka proved to be a great hiker. He had so much fun bounding over rocks and trotting down the trail.  In a few spots the rocks were too big for him and he had to be lifted up or down, but otherwise, he did the whole thing on his own.

The only hitch was the ticks. Lots and lots of ticks. We named the spot where we ate lunch Tick Hollow, because they were crawling all over us as we munched our sandwiches.  I picked more than 20 off of Miikka in the days following, and at least 10 off myself. *shudder* But, apart from the ticks, I heartily recommend Mt. Nebo. Just bring the super-duper bug spray...

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