I thought about Matt Hamilton’s “Dude” shirt as my buddy Ryan and I ambled up the mountain’s eroded path as the sun came up. It’s the best bargain hike around, by far. The name is all the social media captain you need and, in Matt’s usage, a reference to a movie that had a cult following, but outgrew it. So, it works on so many levels.
The trail was a muddy chute though it hadn’t rained in a few days. In some places, it took on the braided qualities of some of the larger area rivers. I wondered which was the main channel.
I wondered how many people who don’t live here wondered if they had what it takes and thought about trying it once reaching the top.
I wondered how many people were up there on the opening day of deer season.
I wondered how many people hiked up it then realized it was opening day of deer season.
I wondered how many people went up with a coveted goat tag, and down with a goat.
I wondered how many people used the mountain for photography or camping.
I wondered how many people used it for medicine…
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