I have a rather ambivalent relationship with Mount Si; on the one hand it is a nice hike close to Seattle (and I have fond memories of this view from my favorite tv show), but on the other hand I equate it with heart-stopping, soul-sucking training hikes with heavy packs. Graahk.
Looking back at my first hike of Mount Si, it’s clear that I was once very enthusiastic about it in an adorably naive way…so it was nice to go back there last weekend with two Si virgins and see the mountain through their eyes.
It didn’t hurt that the weather turned from grey with snow flurries to clear and sunny. It also didn’t hurt that the hike was followed by curry at Square Lotus. What did hurt was realizing that I hiked faster last year carrying a 40-pound pack than I did this weekend with a normal daypack. It’s officially time to hit the trails again – then heading back to Si for a rematch.