A couple weeks ago, I was feeling extra tired of the routine that comes with working a 9-5 job. I called my buddy Sam and asked him if he wanted to go on a weekend hiking trip. He was actually down for it, and we started making plans immediately. I had to get away as soon as possible. We left early Friday morning to get an early start on the trails. I have a favorite loop I love to make up on Cheaha Mountain. It’s about 20 miles with some fairly difficult elements, but I love the feeling of camping off the side of the trail at night after a long day of hiking. I can usually complete it in about 2.5 days.

It was an incredible weekend. On Friday we hiked about 8.5 miles. The air was crisp with a bright and sunny sky. We ate lunch by one of my favorite waterfalls before continuing on to where we had planned to camp for the night.

While sitting by the camp fire, Sam told me about he hired a friend to help him with some recent issues he was having at home. It was a good time to catch up on the major events that have happened in our lives. we spent some time sitting in silence just listening to the rustling of the trees and the crackling fire. I couldn’t have asked for a better first day of the trip.

The following day we hit the trails early for another full day of hiking. The second day is the most strenuous with it being mostly up hill, but it feels good to be out in nature, focused on the beauty in the world.

The last day we made great timing, and finished the loop by late afternoon. I didn’t want to leave but I knew I had to get back to my other duties. Sometimes a spontaneous weekend trip is the absolute best. A break from the routine is a must on occasion. I’m thankful I got to spend some time with a buddy I haven’t seen a while, as friendships become harder to hold on to the older we get.

This was a great trip! I can’t wait to do it again!