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The Breakneck Witch Project

“This is JUST LIKE the Blair Witch Project!”

I didn’t need to hear that. At 6am. As I forced my forty-five-year-old limbs over the sheer rock cliff that is Breakneck Ridge. While wearing a headlamp. And following three women, one of whom makes her living by cutting up Barbies into dismembered jewelry that is coveted all over the planet.

flags first tierBut Kristen lit the way ahead of me. If you readΒ Not Without My Father, you’ll learn that Kristen is Cooper’s mom. And she’s sort of like my little sister.

We met on a Charleston stage. She set her sights on New York. And she moved. Met her husband. She grew. And made Cooper.

sunrise breakneck ridgeAnd I’m so proud of the person she’s become. Not that what I think matters. I’m just glad to know her. To call her my friend. To follow her into the dark up a rocky incline and experience a crisp sunrise.

I’ll never think of hiking in the dark without conjuring Breakneck Ridge. And headlamps. And sheer cliffs.

Ingredients for making memories.

upriver breakneck ridge

39 Comments Post a comment
  1. making amazing memories –

    October 23, 2014
    • Yes. The memories still remind me today, as I hike around NYC with sore, sore, sore legs………

      October 23, 2014
  2. Alice #

    Lovely memories in a gorgeous place.

    But you know me…Dismembered barbie jewelry? Is there a link?

    October 23, 2014
  3. Beautiful photos. Worth the effort. At least once in a lifetime. πŸ˜‰

    October 23, 2014
    • I’ve never hiked in the dark, but I’d definitely do it again.

      October 23, 2014
  4. It doesn’t matter what you are doing – to have such a great friend is what matters.

    October 23, 2014
  5. Gorgeous photos! It’s wonderful to have a friend whose also like a sister πŸ™‚

    October 23, 2014
  6. Sheer cliffs? I don’t think so. But sounds like a fun excursion.

    October 23, 2014
  7. That’s just the kind of adventure I love, especially if at least one member of the party knows what she’s doing!

    October 23, 2014
    • These ladies do this every week. Not this specific hike, but a 6am hike.

      October 23, 2014
  8. Deep complex wine. Now there’s an adventure. Pass on the cliffs.

    October 23, 2014
  9. tarakianwarrior #

    What a beautiful memory. What beautiful pictures!

    October 23, 2014
    • The one Kristen posted on FB turned out better. She’s such a super photographer.

      October 23, 2014
  10. Upward mobility needs to come with a very wide, stable path . . . or a handrail!

    My oldest lived in that neck of the woods and commuted to Albany when he was recruiting on behalf of Uncle Sam. It’s very pretty country. Couple that with great friends and more self-trust than you take credit for having, and you get beautiful photos and a great post! πŸ™‚

    October 23, 2014
    • I’m glad I didn’t know what I was getting into beforehand. πŸ™‚

      October 23, 2014
  11. One of my most memorable hikes ever was on Madeira Island (where Ed is from), climbing the highest peak at Pico Ruivo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pico_Ruivo ~6,100′ before the sun came up, so that we could catch sunrise. Parts of the trail are only wide enough for a single hiker, with no safety rails, and a sheer drop into the ocean. Fun times! πŸ™‚ Seriously though, that view from the top, being ABOVE the clouds, will stay with me forever.

    Aren’t you glad you pushed yourself and did that hike in the dark? Look at that amazing payday in the form of a glorious sunrise!

    October 23, 2014
    • I’m very glad I did it. Soreness and bruises and all. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for sharing that link. Gives me one more reason to go to Madeira.

      October 23, 2014
      • The most gorgeous place I’ve ever been to, Madeira is.

        October 23, 2014
  12. Another beautiful memory, Andra. I especially love how you expressed your pride in what Kristen has become and that you could see the evidence.

    October 23, 2014
    • It’s hard sometimes to stay connected to people as life changes. I’m so glad Kristen asked me to play a big role in Cooper’s life.

      October 23, 2014
  13. My sore arms are not letting me forget that hike! So glad you came. πŸ™‚

    October 23, 2014
    • I can finally walk down stairs without looking like a robot today……….Definitely need to do that more often.

      October 23, 2014
  14. Following your friend as she leads and lights the way is a journey of the heart.

    October 23, 2014
  15. Now, THAT’S a memory.

    October 23, 2014
    • I’m glad I took a few pictures and didn’t crush my phone on a rock. Ha.

      October 23, 2014
  16. Lance #

    I like your project better than that other Witch one. *waving*

    October 23, 2014
  17. Clearly, you didn’t wind up standing in a corner dropping your headlight and camera. Heh. She sounds like an amazing person, though, in all sincerity.

    October 24, 2014
  18. I’m so glad you’re doing all this stuff for me….so I can enjoy it vicariously:)

    October 24, 2014
  19. The perfect recipe for starting a glorious day.

    October 24, 2014
  20. My idea of a hike at the moment is walking over to the motel lobby to get a cup of coffee and a danish. Somehow that probably does not qualify though. LOL

    October 25, 2014
  21. What an exceptional experience, and with an exceptional friend. A special memory times two!

    October 27, 2014
  22. Hello, my amiga! Miss you! Coming out for some air and checking up on my faves. Hope all is well. Sounds like a fun time hiking with a wonderful woman and friend. xo

    October 27, 2014

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