Seattle saw nary a drop of rain in July, so we were all flummoxed by the forecast on the first Saturday in August. Clouds? Precipitation? Whaa?
I was itching to go for a hike anyway, especially since it would be my first trail of Washington Trails Association’s Hike-a-Thon 2013! Read more about it (and maybe consider a donation if you’re a lover of trails too!) over here.
We settled on Mount Defiance – Wellie and I had hiked there a couple of weeks earlier, but JK had never been, and I knew he would love it.
Everything worked in our favor. We started late, so we were able to bypass the cars that were parked 1/2 mile down the road and park right by the trailhead (the Ira Spring trailhead is always crowded, even on soggy days, but the early birds had left by now, leaving the prime spots up for grabs). We took the old trail to Mason Lake, bypassing the descending crowds. The clouds and mist kept us cool(ish) on the steep ascent, but cleared right as we made it to the Mount Defiance meadow – man oh man, how I love hiking above the clouds!
Finally, while there were still black flies out, there were barely any mosquitoes. Basil could finally hike with us again, no antihistamines necessary.
We had borrowed Brutus for this one, too.
I’m finding it kind of hard to blog about my hikes this summer, because they’ve all been so good. I feel like I’m gushing too much. But seriously, this evening was just wonderful. Great quality time with my guy, happy dogs, beautiful light.
We took the Ira Spring Trail down and ran most of the way back to the car. Even a triple yellow jacket attack a mile from the trailhead couldn’t kill my buzz.
It was the perfect start to Hike-a-Thon. I don’t have a mileage goal this year (but JK is sponsoring me per mile for extra motivation), I just want to enjoy myself and talk to people about trails, spreading the good word like a mountain minister. ;^)
Hopefully I’ll have lots of hikes to gush about this month.
Huge thanks to my first Hike-a-Thon sponsors, Rich…