Exile #2 writes...
Having (shock, horror!) been to the mall yesterday, we thought we needed some recovery time today. So, after church, we crossed I-95 (which seems to be the line beyond which most vacationers do not stray) and headed into the hills. Exile #1 had found us a mountain to climb.
When we arrived, it was a little hot and humid but nothing to what it can be in the summer, so we set off up the trail. It started mildly enough but I think we can say that the final section was true to its description as "steep". We made a small circuit at the top, catching tantalizing glimpses of the view through the branches. E5N1, who was map bearer, was very excited that on the map it promised a stone tower at the summit. He and Exile #3's imaginations went to work, picturing a crumbling moss-covered edifice. Turns out they weren't too far off. OK. So, maybe it wasn't much older than the rusting pick up truck we found in the woods near the parking lot but it was an exciting reward for a tiring climb and best of all, gave us beautiful views over Sebago Lake and the surrounding mountains.
We took an alternative route down and as if we'd found a secret magical passageway, seemed to take 10 mins to walk down what it took us 90 minutes to walk up. After that, it was time to go home and prepare for the last full week of school.