The more I thought about it, I think it was truly that I just prefer loop hikes better. Sure, the factors mentioned above weigh in without a doubt, but really, with an in-and-out hike (as this was), after reaching the summit, there’s nothing new to see. You have already walked that road. Jill and I try to plan loops wherever we go because it makes the whole trip a discovery mission. On an in-and-out hike, you’ve already investigated the trail and then must retrace your steps. This just isn’t as much fun for me. I really like the summit to be the halfway point of our journey.
Also, when we got home, we had the two little rug rats (Hank and Lily) waiting for us. It was their birthday and they turned six. They had their Frosty Paws as a birthday snack and then lounged with us for the afternoon. Happy Birthday Pups!