Hike-a-thon, Hiking


We spent last week hiding in the basement (where it was marginally less sweltering than upstairs), going to the movies where they happen to have air conditioning, swimming in lake Washington and eating lots and lots of watermelon.

During the worst of the heat I didn’t even want to think about hiking, but by Saturday the temperature had dropped enough for us to start considering hitting the trail. We figured the best way to beat the heat would be to swim in a glacier-fed lake, so we hiked up to beautiful Blanca Lake off US2.

Blanca from above

Even with temperatures in the 90’s, the 8 miles and 3300 feet of elevation gain to Blanca were a small price to pay to get to such an amazing place. I haven’t seen a color like this since we went to Jade Lake last year, and that one was much less accessible.

I approve

Usually I let JK test the waters before I hesitatingly dip my feet, but Blanca was so inviting that I jumped right in. Heaven!!

Floating torso

We spent a lovely afternoon there, swimming and eating and synthesizing vitamin D.

My mans

Wellie seemed to have learned from last time and chose not to jump in, even though I had the camera ready. Hrmf. Does anyone have a video editing program they like that’s either free or very cheap? And tips for holding the camera still? And for not sounding like a dumbass while narrating..?

Since this was August 1, it was our first official hike in the Washington Trail Association’s Hike-a-thon. WTA does a lot of invaluable work protecting and maintaining trails, not to mention advocating to keep our wilderness areas wild for generations to come.


During the month of August we (well, mostly me since JK already used most of his vacation time) will attempt to hike 100 miles (8 down, 92 to go!) and hopefully raise some money for this excellent organization. JK will be donating a dollar per mile and his employer will match this amount, so I am motivated and ready to go! If you want to contribute, any amount, would be greatly appreciated!

Sun on my face, silt at my feet

It would be great if all of those 100 miles turned out as perfect as the 8 on Saturday, but knowing Washington I expect to be battling rain and fog in the not-too-distant future. Keep your fingers crossed for sunny weather (sans heat waves, of course)!

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  • Reply DianeH August 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Wow! the colours in the lake are amazing! As an Aussie girl I am used to seeing the blue of the ocean…it is amazing to see such a beautiful inland body of water. Wish we had places like that here!

  • Reply Libby August 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Wow – looks amazing. I’m def. coming to visit your part of the world one day. I love the video too. My dogs always cry and carry on when we go in the water – though they usually have to swim out with us :-).


  • Reply melanie August 4, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Absolutely breathtaking photos! I’m always so envious of your hiking escapades. Can’t get over the colour of that water!

  • Reply Christina Smith August 5, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I’ve had you bookmarked in my favorites for over a month now. I really enjoy looking at your beautiful pictures and scrapbook pages. My husband is really into photography and he has also enjoyed looking at your pictures. We live in Alaska and our blog is http://www.qcsmith.blogspot.com There are lots of Alaskan pictures. My husband likes to go on similar hikes that you and your husband go on. Keep up the beautiful work!

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