Hike-a-thon, Hiking, Mount Rainier

HaT #9-10: Cabineering

Since we’re getting close to December and Hike-a-Thon took place in August, I should probably finish up my damn recaps already.

My friend Dani is lucky enough to be in possession of a wonderful mountain cabin nestled in the eastern foothills of Mount Rainier and, luckily for me, kind enough to invite her friends there often. This time, the plan was to have a girls’ weekend, but somehow I ended up staying for five days. That cabin is hard to leave.

This photo needs Smell-o-vision

Sure, I had Hike-a-Thon miles to cover, but the main focus of the trip was to hang out with friends old and new while marinating our livers in Disaronno. Nevertheless, I did manage to squeeze in two short hikes in the middle of all the debauchery.*

Hike-a-Thon 09: Naches Peak Loop

Man alive, Naches Peak Loop was amazing! I had never even considered hiking it before because it’s just so short and so crowded, but the views you get during those quick three miles are to die for – and I think I was too high on the smell of lupine to care about the crowds.


– Naches Peak Loop | 3 miles | 600 feet elevation gain –

Sheep Lake snack

The highlight of the trip was seeing Josie released back into the wild after months and months of ACL rehab. It was amazing to watch – first we decided to test her knee on the flattish hike to Sheep Lake…and then she felt good enough to continue up the not-so-flat part to Sourdough Gap…and then she pushed on to the Crystal Lakes Overlook, completing 7.5 miles on her first real walk since March. She’s pretty awesome. And she’s proof that Disaronno gives you superpowers.

Back in the game

– Crystal Lake Overlook | 7.5 miles | 1100 feet elevation gain –

Hike-a-Thon 10: Sourdough Gap

*we’re quite the wild group of old, married bookworms.

We heart Cabin!

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  • Reply manda November 19, 2012 at 3:13 am

    These pictures are beautiful, the countryside is amazing! I would love to visit there.

  • Reply sasha farina November 19, 2012 at 6:26 am

    whoa.. that view. i would not want to leave! lol..

  • Reply Brianna November 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Oh my goodness! So beautiful. Mt. Rainier is on my list for next summer. I really need to get up to Washington more often.

  • Reply laura November 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    These pictures are absolutely gorgeous. How lucky you are.

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