VISIT CARDIGAN IN THE WINTER. IT IS INSANELY COLD, BUT UNBELIEVABLY GORGEOUS. ***BRING HIKING POLES, WARM CLOTHES, A KEEP GOING MINDSET.***

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Over winter break I met up with one of my close friends from high school and hiked Cardigan Mountain. There are some things in life that you cannot imagine until you have experienced it — today was one of them.

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It feels like you are almost on another planet. Everything is covered in a thick layer of sharp ice, and the trees are a bright white. The pine trees sag down under the weight of the ice.

As you get higher and higher up the mountain it becomes harder and harder to climb. Once you hit the threshold where the trees can no longer thrive in that altitude you are met with big slabs of rock. That is when you need sharp hiking poles and a nice pair of hiking boots.

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This is the fire tower at the peak — gorgeous. My friend and I brought up chocolates to the top as a little half way celebration. We used to do that during cross country ski practice, especially during senior year of high school. Once we reached the top of a large hill, we would put our ski poles aside and eat Hershey kisses.

As expected the chocolates were frozen solid.

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On the way down it got kind of foggy so it was a little hard to see the trail, but nonetheless we made it down with out a problem.

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