With Santa sessions coming up and family portraits to take care of, I have a busy schedule. But when my good friend and photographer called I jumped at the opportunity to get away. Her dad likes to hike and the two of them were wondering if I would like to get out and climb a mountain. Why not! Meeting at the trailhead we headed up the trail. With all the wildfire smoke we had this summer I hadn't been out very much so I was wondering how I would do. As things turned out I found the hike, though steep, not bad at all. The body was doing fine, even with a couple of water bottles and a camera on my back. I took the camera along to record some record images. For me it's not serious unless I have a tripod with me to slow the creativity and hold the camera still. But I took a few photographs and enjoyed the trek to a beautiful spot below a waterfall on the trail. The trip took about 4 hours. Time spent conversing, admiring the changing leaves and spectacular beauty of the granite cliffs. What a great time to refresh and find motivation for the next job to do back at the studio!