I feel like we skipped fall altogether and went straight from summer to winter. All of my summer clothes are already boxed up and in storage. It may also have something to do with the fact that I don't fit in them anymore. I can only hope I'm able to fit in to them next summer, but I won't hold my breath. A little cold air won't stop us from hiking though. It's actually our favorite time to get outside!
The three of us hike up on Signal Mountain quite often, as it is only a short drive from where we live. Earlier this week, Cagney and Dexter found a new side trail that we had yet to venture on. They really enjoyed it and couldn't wait for me to check it out. So, yesterday we did just that. We hiked down to Rainbow Falls. Sometimes I'm skeptical of trails Cagney takes me on. He tends to like the hard ones. Or at least they're hard to me. They make me breath heavy and break a sweat. And they are typically filled with lots of elevation. He loves a challenge. Me, not so much.
The trail down to the falls was definitely a steep one. The majority of the trail has ropes to hold on to. I had enough trouble hiking down while holding onto the ropes. I'd surely fall and break my face without them. Not to mention how slow I am. Cagney blazes through it, and then he waits at the bottom and takes a million photos of Dexter and me.
Once I've finally caught up with the boys, I may be able to grab a picture or two of them. They don't usually give me enough time though. They're usually ready to get back on the move. I can't catch a break. Or my breath.
The beautiful view of the falls at the bottom was surely worth the hike. One plus side of hiking when it's cold outside is that there aren't any other people around. We love when it's just us outside and can really enjoy nature without extra noises and distractions.
Dexter really enjoys this hike too, until we get to the bottom. Which is when he is put on his leash and no longer allowed to run free like the wild animal he thinks he is. We wish we could let him get in the water like we normally do. The water is freezing, and Dexter would probably get hypothermia because he just doesn't care what the water temperature is. Then there is also the fact that there is a warning up on Signal Mountain that the water has unacceptable amounts of E. coli. No, thank you!
I love being adventurous with this guy (& his handsome puppy). He may force me to be out of my comfort zone quite often, but I'm usually happy about it in the end. The hikes he takes me on aren't always the easiest, especially now that I'm pregnant. I really cannot complain though; my lovely husband keeps me healthy and in shape. He also surely knows how to make me happy.