Hike-a-thon, Hiking, Mount Rainier

Back in the saddle again

Ugh, so I ended up staying home all of last week with a cold and have spent this week being all gimpy with a tweaked muscle or nerve or something in my back – this should make the finishing the Hike-a-thon interesting!

Big Tahoma Pretty pretty meadow

Luckily I was feeling good enough on Sunday to go for a dayhike, but between two missed backpacking trips and one missed midweek hike, It will be a reach for my to hit 100 miles before the end of August.

I refuse to get stressed out about the mileage and ruin my favorite hobby, so we enjoyed our mellow hike to Upper Palisade and Hidden Lakes in Mount Rainier National Park. It was a free entrance weekend so we expected to see hordes of hikers, but we were mostly alone once we got past the first lake. This was a six-lake day for us in total, but I didn’t get to swim since I had just been sick. Boo! JK jumped in two of them while I soaked up the sun, smelled the flowers, and watched the pikas (and a fox!) – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love Washington!

The GPS said we hiked 9 miles for a total of 37 so far this month. Do you think I’ll make it to 100..?

37 miles down, 63 to go

Full set of photos

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  • Reply Libby August 20, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Looks like a lovely day out and great for the mind & soul when you’ve been stuck indoors. It must be amazing having all these wonderful places on your doorstep.

    Libby

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