Hiking, Issaquah Alps

Summer Solstice Poo Poo Picnic

Guess who’s out of his cone and back on trail? Wellie!

Cone-free and hikin'

He was cleared for hiking just in time for the summer solstice, so we headed up our standard after-work trail to Poo Poo Point. This was my sixth hike to Poo Poo so far this year, which seems a bit silly, but there’s just nothing else that beats the close to home/short trail/great views combo.

Welhouette There's a high-flyin' nerd way up in the sky The face matches the shirt, part two

The north launch point was packed with paragliders and solstice picnicers, so we joined in and devoured our dinner of quinoa with lots of broccoli and Mmmm Sauce (Wellie got to lick the bowl, he’s a great dishwasher) and strawberries.

Poo Poo Picnic

We digested for a bit before walking back down to the south launch point to catch the amazing alpenglow on Mount Rainier…

Summer Solstice Sunset

…and then back up to the north point for sunset proper. Ooh, aah!

Sammamish sunset

We descended by headlamp as usual and were accompanied by millions* of mosquitoes. I guess that makes it official – summer has arrived!


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  • Reply Ewa June 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    As for mosquito count I think you are off by a couple of billions. :)
    Mmmm Sauce sounds sinful. I think I will try to make it tomorrow.

  • Reply Andra June 29, 2011 at 2:47 am

    I bet Poo Poo Point never looked so beautiful in all your times there as it did for the summer solstice! Your timing was perfect for the alpenglow show! Amazing!

  • Reply Mark Griffith June 29, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Gorgeous looking day! How many bites did you get? I don’t think our mosquitos like that euro blood ;)

  • Reply Ingunn June 29, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Mark, the Canadian mosquitoes certainly don’t seem to mind! http://www.flickr.com/photos/snutur/4889048317/

  • Reply Laura @ First Class Great Outdoors July 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Yay for Wellie being back in hiking form! What a gorgeous day and such amazing scenery! I’m jealous :)

  • Reply stacymarie July 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    beautiful is right!

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