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Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Hiking, Me

Lovely lazy lakes

I think I’m succeeding in my goal of developing a more relaxed and balanced attitude towards hiking, and it’s mostly thanks to our new house. I no longer stress out about having to hike every single sunny weekend day, because I love just hanging out on our new deck, barbecuing and playing with Wellie in the yard. Now that we have (urban) trail access right by our house, I’m also much more inclined to exercise midweek – this makes for a less antsy Ingunn when the weekend rolls around.

Talapus Lake

Importantly, I’m much less picky about where we go hiking – no to-do list this year! My main priority is just to enjoy myself, preferably somewhere Wellie-appropriate. It doesn’t matter whether the trail is short and sweet or long and hard (TWSS), I just do exactly what I feel like doing that day.

Got jerky?

No monthly mileage goals, no keeping track of my hiking stats in a geeky spreadsheet. I’m loving it.

Don't throw me in, mama!

Sunday was one of those really delightful days. Tom, JK, Wellie and I hiked to Talapus and Olallie Lakes under a scorching sun. It was just plain awesome, even though the conversation between the guys quickly devolved into nerdy tech talk (as it always does) and I was left to discuss politics with Wellie.

The snow was continuous after the first mile, but hopefully this warm spell will speed up the melting process and save us from a repeat of the dismal summer of 2011. If not, I won’t be quite as fazed as I was last year – I’ll just become a master barbecuer instead.

Talapus & Olallie Lakes | 6 miles* | 1100 feet elevation gain –

Olallie Lake

(*the mileage was probably lower since we hiked straight up the snow instead of trying to follow the switchbacking summer trail.)

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6 Comments

  • Reply Jo May 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Let me guess, Wellie believes government should be Nutria-centric.

  • Reply Ingunn May 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    He’s a moderate socialist – equal amounts of jerky for all (except Jasper)!

  • Reply sharon May 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I’m guessing that the snow is a pain, but for this viewer it makes great viewing through your photos, how can you stand to live with such breathtaking views so close by! (and was it cold sitting in the snow in your shorts? just curious, never having seen snow at all!)

    ps would love to see more of your new house! and miss your scrapping….

  • Reply Mark Griffith May 20, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Last year I failed this year to make 1000 and this year I’ve been beset by knee issues, so I am just grateful for every day out and alive. ;) Enjoy it while your able, that’s the most important thing.

  • Reply Ingunn May 23, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Sharon: it was such a warm day that I would have welcomed a chance to cool off, but I was actually sitting on a butt-shaped piece of a foam pad! :D

  • Reply Anne June 1, 2012 at 1:58 am

    WOW! I have been looking through your blogs well done on the hiking but wow the views are impressive. Thank you for sharing some spectacular photos.

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