It was my 2nd separate adventure to try and find the Citadel. Last year, I hunted around for 3.5 hours searching and no dice. This time, after 45 minutes of thrashing about in the woods, we managed to find it, beginning our hike at an alternative starting point! (The second option mentioned in the book).
I refuse to take credit for the “discovery” as it was mostly the mad map reading and interpretive skills of Jen and the patience of Jenny who got us there.
I will, however, take credit for galavanting into the woods and pitching a mean fit in search of THE fastest way back to the car. I am slightly embarassed to report just how mean I was, but at least I was able to find the right way back! I later apologized to the girls for my selfish & pissy bossiness, I just *really* did not want to spend another hour being eaten by bugs and out in the relentless heat. I was determined to learn the proper way to the crag without having to take a third trip there!