Botched Hike: Looking up the rear end of Windbeam Mountain

I'm glad this happened early on. It reminded me how it hard it is sometimes to find the start of a trail. In this case, I found the trailhead, but got so excited that I hustled down it without realizing I was going in the wrong direction. Silly, I know. Sometimes I get so excited, I get ahead of myself. It doesn't help that the southbound trail was not very clearly marked.

This is where I started. I was doing hike #3 instead of hike #4 because I pusillanimously decided that weather conditions were too bad to do the grueling hike #3. My plan was to come back to it on another day and take it down when the weather wasn't so brutally cold.

Anyway, this is where the trailhead was (going north):

 Screams "hike me!"

Screams "hike me!"

And this is where I messed up. I should have taken this way (going south).

 look at the stump on the right, see the teal blaze on top?

look at the stump on the right, see the teal blaze on top?

I took a quick stroll through the woods, then ended up on a road, following blazes on telephone poles and whatnot.

Then I started going up.

Some nice views along the way.

I was about to go up again, this time a super steep trail.

 psyching myself up

psyching myself up

It was at this moment that I realized the sun was at my back. I thought about this earlier on, but didn't think much of it because I figured the trail was windy and I would soon head south. Problem is I got caught up in the steep climb and didn't think about it until 30 mins later. After consulting the map, I determined that I was climbing the very mountains that I sought to avoid on this blustery day. After five minutes of deliberation and hemming and hawing, I concluded the only thing to do was to throw in the towel. I started too late to be able to salvage a hike out of it.

 the author ponders the existential nature of a right and wrong way

the author ponders the existential nature of a right and wrong way

I had to wait 25 mins for an Uber. Slumming it. Ate lunch in the parking lot.