Backpacking, Hiking, Life


Wow. May just totally flew by, didn’t it? Methinks a recap is in order.

May 17th, also known as Norwegian Constitution Day – I had hoped the parade in Ballard (the “Norwegian” part of Seattle and home to what is supposedly the biggest May 17th parade outside of Norway) would calm my homesickness, but alas – it just made it worse. The parade really doesn’t feel like the parades back home. Next year we should just climb some little mountain and plant the Norwegian flag on top ;)

May 17th

Speaking of mountains, we’ve been able to do some hiking this month. Mark, a flickr friend (I know, we’re such nerds), took us along on one of his dawn patrol outings up to Rattlesnake Ledge. Our goal was to watch the sunrise, and this entailed getting up at THREE IN THE MORNING. It was worth it though – even with a rather lacklustre sunrise – because I have never had a better start to my day.

Oh, and I confirmed once and for all that I am the slowest hiker on the planet. Not that it really matters, but it was just a wee bit embarrassing that Mark could run up the whole trail, leaving me wheezing in the dust. I am very grateful to JK for having the patience to walk at a snail’s pace with me.

Even though I am slow, I am finally starting to get in better shape – so we decided to finally hike Mount Si. I absolutely love this mountain. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous, but it was used in the opening credits for Twin Peaks (my all-time favorite show).

Twin Peaks

I had heard a lot of negative things about the trail up Mount Si (mainly that it’s crowded and boring), but I loved it. A lot of people use Si as a training hike for climbing mountains like Rainier, and it’s cool (if a bit intimidating) to watch them speeding past you with full packs and ice axes! Anyway, I had thought it would be really challenging for me, but I did surprisingly well (meaning that my lungs didn’t explode).

Mount Si

Si Trio

…and finally, for Memorial Day we headed over to Eastern Washington for some desert hiking! We ended up hiking around the Yakima Rim Skyline Trail for two days, surviving rain, hail, the blisters from hell (I got nine..bah!) and seemingly endless road walking, but it was all good fun and a great personal challenge.

Yakima Rim Skyline Trail

Bobby came along and after 19 miles on the trail, he finally proved to Tom and Amy that he is, in fact, a “real dog”. He is also the best sleeping bag heater ever.

Tent life

While everything is still snowed in here on the westside, the eastside is in full bloom:

Wild Iris

Stuart Mountain Range

I (and, heh, the people around me) have realized that I absolutely NEED those lovely exercise-induced endorphins to function as a human being – so JK and I joined a gym. I haven’t had a gym membership since I lived in Trondheim, so it was about time. The best part is that it is within walking distance of our house, which fits perfectly with my car-less existence.

I am loving it so far, thanks to a) a freaking awesome Zune playlist full of deliciously embarrassing workout music and b) the focus on sport-specific training (namely being physically able to hike to Camp Muir (Rainier “base camp” at 10,000 feet) this summer) instead of that ever-elusive goal of “getting skinny”. So there :)

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  • Reply Joscie May 28, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    YOU look Great! and congratulations on getting in such great hikes! :) loove the pictures! Glad to see you back here!

  • Reply Ann Hedvig May 28, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Nydelige bilder!!!!!

    Høres så kjekkt ut me alle turene dere er på, nesten så jeg blir misunnelig her :o)

  • Reply melanie May 29, 2008 at 4:53 am

    You go Ingunn! You sound like you’re in a happy place right now. :)
    The photos are incredible, as usual. You make me want to try hiking up a mountain someday. Huge TP fan here too. :)

  • Reply jen paddack-hyde May 29, 2008 at 7:57 am

    you take the most amazing photos! You almost make me want to start hiking…almost;)

  • Reply kellyangelo May 30, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    You do look really good! Glowing!

    I just joined a gym here in England last week, and I have to admit, it’s helping beat the English Spring Blues I’ve been having. I’m so ready for summer. Oh well, at least I have my indoor pool!

  • Reply nichole June 1, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    you go! i have decided that is really the only reason i want to be in shape… i want to get to the top with enough lung left to enjoy it. i also love hearing about goo hikes in the area… we will be spend a week in your neck of the woods this july and you have given me some great ideas. thanks.

  • Reply ania June 4, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Ooooohhh gikk bobs sjøl!?!?? lol…sorry…..måtte spørre *fnis*

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