What was supposed to be a 5.5 mile, 1200 ft elevation hike turned into a 10.18 mile, 2286 ft elevation one! Let's just put it this way: Sometimes when you hike, you lose your way! When we made it back to the car, I personally haven't been that happy in a long time. Despite our miscalculations, we experienced a number of memorable highlights: beautiful views, the buffet, the storyteller, a chat and nature walk with the owner of The Swag, wildflowers, new friends, the sing-along/name-that-tune fun (maybe why we got lost!), the elk, the Coca-Cola that kept me alive, Little Prince, Janet's smartphone, forest shade, a crazy number of chipmunks, and Prince song trivia in the car.
and my video (includes elk footage)