She embraced me too–super mutual embrace. She remarked that I was obviously good people because I was acquainted with my best friend as is she. I asked her if she was allergic to dogs and she exclaimed, “No, did you bring pups?!?” I said that I hadn’t, but wanted to drive and couldn’t do so if she was allergic due to dog hair in my vehicle. She hopped in. I drove west. And when I turned off to start heading up to the trailhead from the highway I said, “It’s so beautiful up here. I’ve not been up here in a long time,” and she talked about hiking there last weekend. I turned around and got back on the highway. She was taken aback and did laugh, but was very surprised. I actually had intended to head more west, but the road was confusing so we were heading back, so I decided to turn into the road that goes into town and she told me that she’d shot a wedding here. I said, “I want to hike somewhere new to you!” She said that she swore that it was right there only and hadn’t been on the back side of the trail. We found the trailhead with her help and she started talking to me about what she is going through right now with a friend of hers and it is a lot–scary stuff. That opened the door to my being really open with her.
The photographer talked about her family, she talked about her ex, so I talked about two of mine including my ex-wife. And she told me where she’d arrived with her friend and care of her. She’s solid. She is also very sexy, multilingual, does a daily Yoga practice and dances. She has her own businesses and has a flexible work schedule. We talked about her bike too. I want to ride with her as well. She told me that she’d never done a high peak and that friends are always saying that they’re going to take her up one. I’ll have to lend her snow pants and they won’t fit her super great, and we should maybe both rent crampons. I am reasonably sure that I have two sets of trekking poles, but have to look. I know the one that we’ll do and have done winter mountaineering one time on a rope team, so I feel confident. We just have to look for the best high pressure day next week because it can get windy and miserable. The forecast looks safest in 8-days.
I talked about my recent shift into believing in polyamory. I explained a few times that it’s weird to have many friends and one partner. I talked about how odd it is that one person would believe that she could be all for another. We talked about my best friend’s desire to be with a woman, and how it freaks out her husband. I said that they should swing, and then realized that would mean that my best friend would also be providing some intimacy to a man other than her husband and it 1) really grossed me out, and 2) helped me understand that would be incredibly complicated. It would be easier for them to have a woman that they had an understanding with, but it’s off the table because he’s jealous. It makes me sad for her.
She almost fell and noted how quick my reaction time is. I would have caught her. Parts of the trail were incredibly icy. I’m going to have to buy new boots finally because there is a part of them that has no tread at all. I slipped a couple of times, but it wasn’t anything serious. We must have hiked almost 8-miles. I keep my phone in my back pocket, but it lowballs things if I don’t specifically run the app and rely on it to run in the background. If I run it specifically to track though, it drains my battery. It tracked us at 5.8-miles. Regardless, we gained lots of elevation and I was STARVING when I got home.
It was a great first date. We embraced again outside her car, and she said, “Nice to meet you,” and I said in her ear, “We’ve met.” She blushed a little and laughed and said, “Oh, I know.” She’s much more cautious than the climber. She’s also almost exactly two-years older than her. It’s really odd. The climber’s birthday is one day in the next three-weeks (37), and the photographer’s is three days after that (39). Incidentally, my best friend’s follows in three-days and my son’s three days after that, but they are Aquarii. My love interests are blue-eyed Millennial Capricorns. I like this part of my life.