My First Day Hike in Years
I tried to remember the last time I went on a hike. I think it was about six years ago up on Orcas Island when some friends and I hiked up to Mt. Constitution and back. Prior to that, I think I was about 17.
Today a friend and I went on a hike up near Granite Falls. Because, you know, I didn’t get enough activity yesterday with my 5K run. We went to Lake 22 which is up around the North Cascades in Washington. Round trip, this hike is 5.4 miles, with an elevation gain of 1,350 feet, and the highest point was 2,400 feet.
After a hot day yesterday, today’s weather was a complete change – cool, rainy, and there were thunderstorms last night, and again tonight. We went anyway – I’m not going to be kept indoors from a little rain. In fact, I welcomed the feel of rain cooling me down as we hiked up the switchbacks, over river streams and waterfalls, and through the wet smell of forest. Yummy.
Normally, I’m told, this trail is quite popular, but I think we were lucky because with the weather there weren’t too many people out. It was just a gorgeous day to me – rain or not – and my body is totally amazing me. It seems to be doing better and better. I did fine with the elevation climb and the return. I”m told I have good endurance. The only thing tonight I had to do was ice my back a little bit.
The best part? Sharing all this with a friend and enjoying the combination of sharing and silence. Just being in the moment – totally in the moment.
I could sit and listen to that rushing water all day long.
Some good hiking boots and a backpack are on the list to get – soon!
Nearing the top… and into the clouds
The view from our resting spot up at the top before heading back down.
What a glorious life I’m living. I have no complaints, whatsoever.