Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Hike-a-thon, Hiking

Under the weather

The shores of Melakwa I’ve been feeling like crap these last couple of days, but on Sunday afternoon I decided that the only thing that could possibly make me feel better was to go hiking. My head had been heavy and pounding for days, so I figured some fresh air, exercise and maybe a refreshing swim would help.

I dragged JK away from his FIFA game and we drove up to Snoqualmie Pass to revisit one of my favorite places, Melakwa Lake. JK had never been to the upper lake before, so I figured it would be a good place for us to go swimming.

The weather looked rather ominous as we hiked up to the lakes, but we were spared the predicted torrential downpour (Mother Nature was nice enough to save that for today) and even caught some glimpses of that big, glowing orb in the sky.

Alpine nutria

Since we started late (2 PM) we met hordes of people going down as we were hiking up, but by the time we made it up to the upper lake a little under two hours later, we had it all to ourselves. JK, Wellie and I jumped into the upper lake while Bobby hid under our backpacks, and then we ran to the lower lake so we could swim in that one too. Brrr!

By the super-sekrit waterfall

We enjoyed a marvelously healthy lunch of JK’s homemade, Norwegian-style cinnamon buns (and biscuits for the Italians) and watched a pair of pikas frolicking in the talus field before reluctantly heading back down to the car.

On the way we found a side trail and stumbled across a waterfall we hadn’t seen before – I wish we had known about it during the heat wave since jumping into that little pool would have been absolutely heavenly when it was over 100 degrees outside… Yet another reason to love this hike!

Unfortunately I have spent today inside the house with a fever, sore throat and entertaining myself with some epic sneezing (seven times in a row!!), so it turns out that there was a reason why my head felt all heavy and fuzzy this weekend. If I had known I was getting sick, I would have been smart enough to not swim yesterday. Oh well!

So fresh so clean (so cold)

Hopefully I’ll get better soon so I can get some more miles in for the Hike-a-thon, I’m a bit behind now since we didn’t get to go on the backpacking trip we had planned this weekend – now it really will be a challenge to get to 100 miles! I’m crossing my fingers for better weather (and less sneezing!) next week so I can get out a lot.

Melakwa Lake added 9 miles to the list, for a total of 28. Only 72 miles to go!

28 miles down, 72 to go!

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  • Reply Gabi Fulcher August 10, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Hope you feel better soon and wishing you good luck with the hike-a-thon. There is a neat lake hike starting from Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. It goes to Snoqualmie Lake, Bear Lake, Deer Lake and end up at Lake Dorothy. It’s 20 miles RT but not much elevation. Totally doable as a day hike in case you needed to knock some miles off.

  • Reply marianne hope August 11, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Hei Ingunn! Tenkte du ville være interessert i å sjekke ut Scrappemania denne uken…hint, hint… (hvis du ikke har adressen kan du bare hoppe innom bloggen min først, da skjønner du nok også litt….:) God bedring!!! og fortsatt god sommer

  • Reply Samantha August 11, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Love the pictures! Such a beautiful lake. I hope you feel better soon. Being sick bites.

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