Hike-a-thon, Hiking, The pups


JK, Wellie and I hiked to Thorp Lookout for the first time last summer, and it was one of my favorite hikes of the year. I don’t know if it was because of the trail itself or simply because of the timing – we hiked it on the day after the terror attacks in Oslo and what was to be the day before we learned that JK’s dad had passed away. I’ll always remember Thorp as a safe, carefree haven between unbearable amounts of sadness.

This is exactly why we need access to nature – a way to escape “real life”, clear our heads, recharge our batteries, fit extraordinary adventures into our ordinary lives, and restore faith and hope in those moments when the world doesn’t seem to make sense anymore. And this, in turn, is why we’re participating in this year’s Hike-a-Thon fundraiser.

Hike-a-Thon 2012 Ok, fine, I also have selfish reasons – I want to hike as much as possible this month and maybe even fit into the sausage casing of a t-shirt they sent me by the end of it – but first and foremost, I hope to raise a little bit of dough for Washington Trails Association to support their trail maintenance and advocacy. If you want to help out, click here or on the picture in the sidebar. Any amount is appreciated (and if you want to join WTA or need to renew your membership, $40 will get you a one-year membership and a subscription to the excellent Washington Trails Magazine)!

Anyhoo, back to Thorp Lookout. Exactly one year later, we returned to that wonderful trail, this time with Dani, Jasper, and of course our lovable new nutria, Basil. Just like last year, we swam in Thorp Lake, one of the warmest alpine lakes I know. We learned that Basil is not a swimmer (and I use that term lightly) like Wellie; he prefers to spend his time rummaging through our packs in search of foodstuffs instead.

Shouldn't nutrias be used to water?

Once we were dry and fed, we made our way up to the lookout, enjoying a tremendous wildflower show which I failed to adequately document – you’ll have to go see it for yourselves.

Flowers with a view

We spent what seemed like hours on the summit, talking, taking photos, taking naps, eating human feces (only Wellie. Dig a cat hole, people!!), evading dog kisses (ugh) and taking in the views and the stillness.

= Summer

Turns out Thorp is a great escape even when you have nothing to escape from.

Thorp to ourselves

My boys

Thorp Lake & Lookout | 8 miles | 2300 feet elevation gain –

Basil's first summit snooze

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  • Reply kelly July 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    The hikeathon is something I’ve always wanted to do but have never had the time. Actually I haven’t been on a single hike yet this year :( Hopefully change in just a few weeks… Anyway, I love WTA and all that they do for hiking in Washington so I wanted to support you supporting them!

  • Reply Ingunn July 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Kelly, thank you SO much for your support – Norwashingtonians unite!! :D

  • Reply Joanne August 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    You and this site have always inspired me.
    I saw your hike-a-thon link a couple weeks back and read up on its awesomeness, so i supported you! then i kept thinking about it over the next few days and said, “i should do it too!” so i did. :)

  • Reply Ingunn August 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Joanne, you rock!! Thank you so much for your donation, I’m looking forward to reading about your hikes :D

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