Here's my idea of a hike, and what I assumed the entire day would be like. Notice the beautiful scenery, walking sticks,
See the lookout on top this peak?
Guess where this was taken...
This was the "hike" leading there (click on the photo and you can see the lookout in the larger photo)...
That building was the Hidden Lake Lookout, and it had a beautiful view overlooking Hidden Lake. It was frozen over, but you could see bits of magnificently pristine blue water around the edges.
In all it took them six hours to climb up, but only two hours to get down. Think Mike had an accident coming down?
Now that I know the definition of "hiking," I am a little hesitant of their expressed desire to do this more often. However, looking at the breathtaking views, and wanting to encourage them spending more time together, I will not voice my concern (and who knows, maybe even join them someday:).