My view for lunch yesterday (well, similar to my view. I keep forgetting to bring a camera. Next time, I promise, since the views are getting better).
Took an 11 mile hike yesterday up to Pulpit Rock and the Pinnacle. It was a great hike. Lots of rocks on the first half, but it was mostly uphill and not too bad. The second half was fairly flat with one descent.
I had my first almost serious fall, though. Somehow one of the toe biters got ahold of my right boot, and the weight of my pack got my momentum going so much I couldn't stop the downward and forward motion with my face pointed squarely at the rocks. Luckily my hiking partner heard me flayling about (I'm still not certain if he heard the clumsiness of my feet flying across the rocks, or my cursing), but either way he stopped dead in front of me, and turned just in time for me to do a head butt tackle into his leg, while he managed to grab me to keep me from completely the face forward dive into the rocks. I have learned that full on tackles with your helmetless head into someone rock solid thigh is not a good idea...but still a better idea than the alternative.
And I learned that it's not just American men who refuse to ask for directions...it's Japanese men as well. A party of 2 Japanese couples who were in our vicinity after the climb to the Pinnacle kept stopping. We thought they just weren't pacing themselves well and needed frequent rests. Turns out they were lost and didn't know how to get back to their car. One man was insistent upon remaining glued to is GPS. The women stopped us and told us they were lost, so we were able to find a side trail on the map that would take them back...otherwise they had walked the wrong direction after descending the Pinnacle and would have to retrace about 6 miles. I think the women were pretty glad for the old fashioned map we hap. GPS guy is still trying to plug in coordinates.