Since we spent Sunday cleaning and organizing our house (I know, it shouldn’t even be legal to spend a beautiful, sunny day engaged in such perverse activities), we decided to get out for some midweek hikes to bump our mileage up for the Hike-a-thon.
We didn’t have much time on Tuesday, so once JK could get out of work we headed off to our favorite close-to-home hike, the Chirico trail up to Poo Poo Point on Tiger Mountain. This short but relatively steep trail is very popular, not only with hikers but with the paragliders that use Poo Poo Point as a launch area. Earlier this year we came across a Washington Trails Association work party doing some much needed trail maintenance here, exactly the kind of work the Hike-a-thon donations will be going towards (hint hint). ;)
On Wednesday, our friends Tom and Amy joined us for what was supposed to be a quick, post-work jaunt up to Snow Lake. We left grey, cold (yup, the heat wave is definitely over), depressing Redmond and drove up to happy, sunny Snoqualmie Pass. Success!
The water in the lake was surprisingly warm, so we escaped the mosquitoes by swimming. Wellie got in the water three or four times; I am still confused as to whether he likes it or if he’s just trying to rescue us:
We started hiking back to the car at sunset, but unfortunately poor Amy rolled her ankle on the way down. I had sports tape (I always carry it since my ankles are useless from years of playing handball in Norway) so she was able to tape her ankle tightly enough to walk out on her own with hiking poles. We slowly and carefully made our way back to the car under a beautiful moon and a layer of fog.
All this midweek hiking is making me feel very good, both physically and mentally – it’s nice to keep the endorphins flowing throughout the week instead of just spiking every weekend.