The girls and I had to be up early the morning after this hike, so we decided to do something short and close to home. Tecumseh's trailhead is fifteen minutes away from our house, and we "needed" it for our Desserts on the 48 quest, so this particular peak seemed like a good fit for the day.
I've been up Tecumseh at least twelve times. This hike marked Alex's fourth time and Sage's third time to the summit.
As for desserts...I wanted to bring tiramisu, but the forecast called for muggy conditions and I didn't think the layers would make it to the top intact. I therefore chose the British treacle tart, which can be served warm. It was surprisingly easy to make...here's a link to a recipe if anyone's interested...the tart tastes a bit like pecan pie without the pecans.
|Treacle tart. Yum!|
The day was overcast when we began the hike. The forecast called for steady rain. No worries -- Tecumseh Trail never goes above treeline, and we always carry rain gear.
Entering the woods...
Crossing the water and heading up...
Checking out the view by the ski slopes...
Beginning that one mile of steep and steady up up ups...
Nice, new rock work by the current trail maintainer, Jeremy Clark...
Near the intersection with Sosman Trail...
Unfortunately, Tecumseh's summit looks very different now than it did in 2010, when Sage first hiked Tecumseh, and in 2008, when Alex first hiked Tecumseh. It even looks different from the last time both girls hiked Tecumseh, which was January 2013. Someone, or a group of someones, has been systematically cutting down trees over the past year or so. The girls and I were sad to see this. Not exactly Leave No Trace, people. Go to nearby Osceola if you want a view.
|Lots of chopped down trees...you can see some of the stumps in this picture.|
Stuffed animals on Tecumseh!
Treacle tart on Tecumseh!
This was a fun, quick trip up a familiar, well-loved peak.
I enjoyed this short trip and the colorful surroundings. You didn't mention the dog. Yours or?
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Hi Shirley, thanks for the compliments! The dog is ours. He hikes with us often - his name is Max, and he's a border terrier.
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