This past Saturday was gorgeous.

I woke up with the intention of getting to Kennesaw Mountain bright and early, before my favorite trail got busy. That mission was accomplished, and I even managed to persuade a friend to go with me, but it was waaayyyy cooler than I expected it to be - somewhere in the 40 degree (Fahrenheit) territory. I didn't realize this until I stepped outside, and by then it was too late to change plans because I had already put on my workout clothes, and that's reason enough for me. 

We got there at about 9am, and as I suspected, my favorite trail wasn't as busy as usual, but that's probably because most people realized how cold it was and decided to do the logical thing. Not I. Even with the lower temps, I still broke a decent sweat on the way up, and the cold made it a bit more difficult to keep my breathing nice and steady, but it was all worth it once I got a look at the crystal-clear views at the top. It almost felt like we had the mountain all to ourselves, and man... it was beautiful.

The plan for the way back down was to jog the paved trail, but my body said no, and I listened. My hiking partner was a bit of an overachiever, though.