"Just because you can, doesn't
mean you should." Although I'm
know to utter that phrase frequently, yesterday was an occasion where I should have heeded my own advice -- it turned out to be one of my most perilous hikes to date.
I learned a lesson about trails with "rough roads" where high clearance vehicles are strongly recommended. CAN a sedan make it to the trailhead for Summit Lake? Yes! Our car is a little worse for wear but it sure made it and we saw one of the most epic views of our lives. BUT we were also on the most terrifying Indiana Jones ride of my life and it was an excruciating, anxiety-ridden 45 minutes up and 45 back minutes down that may haunt me for years to come. 😳
Was it worth it? Yes and no. I mean, check out that view! 😍 But I would never take that kind of risk again. We could have easily ruined the car and been stranded on the mountain. Even worse, we could have easily flown off the cliff... I would do it all again but ONLY in a high clearance vehicle made for those conditions. We are planning an SUV purchase in the near future and any hikes on our wish list with warnings about road conditions will just need to wait! Or we could rent an appropriate vehicle for the day. The views are totally worth it as long as we can get to them safely.
Now that that's
figure out why I insist on learning these life lessons the hard way... 🤔😆