The weather (do I ever not talk about the weather?) has been good this spring, except for one little oddity – almost all of the sunny days have landed outside of the weekend. Great for the unemployed, like me, but not so awesome for the office-dwellers. So, when the forecast promised a weekend full of sunshine, JK and I took advantage of both days to visit two of the classic spring trails I look forward to visiting every year.
First up, Heather Lake with a group of friends. This is where I realized just how slowly I have to hike these days to keep a conversational pace, which was sort of embarrassing on an easy trail like this one. I know I have a good excuse, but I hate feeling like I’m holding others back.
I guess I might as well get used to this extra snail-like pace now; I doubt I’ll be moving any faster when I’m carrying a baby on my back or inspecting pine cones with my toddler. S’all good.
The upside of getting out of breath the second I hit a hill is that my endorphin threshold is really low! Just about every hike I go on these days feels incredible – even this one, during the unwelcome return of morning sickness.
The next day was Pacific Northwest perfection. Clear skies, a scenic ferry ride from Mukilteo over to Whidbey Island, and lots of happy, pasty Washingtonians hiking Ebey’s Landing, bravely baring their skin for the first time since last summer.
JK and the pups entertained themselves by running back and forth along the bluff while I dawdled along, spotting bald eagles and my first non-captive orcas!
The orcas were far away and my lens only goes to 105mm, but if you embiggen this photo and squint, you can see them. Sort of.
We hiked this trail for the first time two years ago – Basil’s first hike! – and it immediately made it onto our favorites list, a great place to welcome spring and hunt for treasures among the driftwood on the beach.
We chose this hike since we wanted to get home early enough to get the house prepped for the parental invasion the next day, but it was just too pretty to leave…so we dawdled some more, and ran with the dogs on the beach for a bit. Running on sand is Wellie’s favorite thing ever (Basil’s favorite thing is eating).
I might just have to return to Ebey’s Landing this summer when 250 feet of elevation gain is no longer a gentle stroll, but just about the only thing I’ll be able to do. I’m hoping to start hiking longer distances and more gain now that I am feeling better again, but if this is the caliber of the hikes I’ll be “stuck with” further along in pregnancy, I can’t really complain!