This summer has been a busy one; so many trails and such little time between snow melt and snow fall. Since I've been a hikin' fool, I figured I'd try to update the blog with photos and anecdotes. You can join me in a virtual world of adventure mixed with achy feet, up with a twist of heavy pack. One could write a book on writing a book- there is never a dull moment! Enjoy and happy trails.
This weeks trail highs and lows:
- Sitting by the shores of Deep Lake, feeding ants to a small friendly brook trout
- Having a tire pressure gage show up as "low" in the middle of nowhere (handling it like a champ, uh-hem...)
- Getting a creepy feeling then realizing I was being watched by a young doe (who was probably feeling the same)
- Struggling to prevent a toe blister after mis-stepping into a small brook
- Sitting on the warm summit of Juniper Peak with three fantastic friends from home
- Finding comfort in the presence of my four familiar neighbors, Mt. Adams, Mt Hood, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier, on almost every trail
- Finding meadow camas!
- Eating fresh mango on a rocky outcropping
- Forgetting I had "The Friendship Song" by Carbon Leaf on my iPod and singing at window-cracking volumes with the truck as my only critic.
- Hearing a loud "BANG," then stopping, heart pounding and realizing that yes, if a tree falls in the forest...it makes a sound. I was around to hear it.
|A natural flower pot for huckleberries|
|The beautiful meadows of Indian Heaven Wilderness|
|Jeffery Shooting Star|
|The outskirts of Lemei Lake|
|Subalpine Mariposa Lily|
|The casual trees of the casualties...of winter|
|And from this angle, Mt. Adams doesn't seem so big!|
|Deer fly on Sitka Valerian|
|The ever photogenic bear grass|
|Cresting Juniper Ridge w/ a few friends|
|Wildflowers near Juniper Peak|
|Deep Lake, Indian Heaven Wilderness|
|Fields of Conboy Wildlife Sanctuary|
|House Wren is home!|