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Favorite Hikes | 2012

Aah, 2012 – the year we bought a house and subsequently turned into total homebodies. A huge drop in hiking mileage, but a giant leap in hiking enjoyment.

Washington favorites:

Happy family in a snowstorm Look at me, being all Norwegian and such

In the middle of the January Snowpocalypse, we joined our friends and their brand new baby boy on a snowshoeing trip to the Grand Junction Warming Hut – perfectly suited for little Nathan’s feeding and changing needs! We enjoyed that trip so much that we returned on xc skis in February to ski the Mount Catherine Loop.

Best buds Jolli

Spring was gorgeous in 2012, and we spent lots of time enjoying our new house and the local trails. In April, we got a taste of summer (and front row seats to a bald eagle peep show) on Oyster Dome. In June, I got a confidence booster at Camp Muir.

Tall grass, golden light = Summer

Our new furry son, Basil, came into our lives in July, and our first hike together was Ebey’s Landing, sure to be a family favorite from now on. Thorp Mountain didn’t disappoint this year either.

Nathan is growing so fast Summerland

Noble Knob always seems to end up on my favorites list, even this year when we had to cut our backpack short when Basil had an allergic reaction to mosquitoes! August was my hardcore hiking month, thanks to the WTA Hike-a-Thon – the best part was my solo camping trip on Mount Rainier, where I spent an amazing afternoon with the marmots of Summerland.

Merahrkwa, mah favrit lerk First TNAB of the year

Another solo favorite of mine was the Melakwa-Pratt Loop. Unfortunately our TNAB attendance was rather dismal this year, and we only made it to Mount Margaret – luckily it was a perfect night.

Labyrinth Mountain Homeward bound

Labyrinth Mountain in September was fantastic – I have extra-special-lovey-fuzzy feelings about it since it happened a couple of days after I had stopped eating gluten and I already felt like a totally different person. Our second backpacking trip of the year took place at Yellow Aster Butte with a group of friends, including Wellie’s biggest fan.*

Mazama Ridge October on the beach

Summer lasted long into October this year, so the marmots on the Skyline Trail had lots of time to prepare for winter. My favorite trip of the year was a beautiful, last-minute hike to Mount McCausland and Lake Valhalla – that one will stay with me for years and years.

That's a sunshine smile! Sea of clouds

Our annual Christmas snowshoe to Skyline Ridge happened earlier than usual this year so we could take advantage of the excellent weather. The year ended perfectly, in perfect snow above the clouds on Kendall Knob.

JK’s favorites:

Almost there Mount Constitution

JK finally climbed his long-coveted fourth Washington volcano this year, the beautiful Glacier Peak. He also completed two 25K runs this year, first as a volunteer on Orcas Island, then as a runner on Sun Mountain. (I, on the other hand, did a lot of talking about racing and not much else.)

Out of state favorites:

Hiking Haleakala Grand Prismatic Spring

Aaah, Hawai’i. You always hit the spot. In April, JK’s sister and her beau came to visit, and we used it as an excuse to go to Maui. The Sliding Sands Trail on Haleakala always leaves me breathless (in more ways than one). In July, we went on a road trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks with JK’s mom. The view of Grand Prismatic Spring from the hillside overlook was out of this world.

Hopefully we’ll make it out on more backpacking trips in 2013, but now I know that I’ll be enjoying myself either way.

*apparently going gluten-free did not help my trip report-procrastination, so these trips only have photo sets for now.

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  • Reply Ed February 27, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Wow those look like some amazing hikes!

  • Reply laurab February 27, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    these pictures are gorgeous!!!!

  • Reply jill i February 28, 2013 at 10:48 am

    That’s a lot of hiking for not doing as much hiking! I applaud how much you get out and take advantage of the wonderful trips and trails here in the Northwest and elsewhere. I did Labyrinth years ago, recall it was a pretty steep and not very well maintained trail. But the view! Hoping to get out and do some more this year with the foot feeling better, and you’re reminding me of some places to go. Thanks!

  • Reply jill i March 5, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Hey Ingunn, I tagged you for a “Liebster Award.” Check out my blog and feel free to participate or not. http://pacificnwseasons.blogspot.com/2013/03/liebster-award-sharing-blogger-love.html Happy Trails,

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