Hiking, Pregnancy

Spring classics

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.

Heather Lake

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.


Heather Lake | 4.6 miles | 1100 feet elevation gain –

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.

Bluff charge

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!

Ebey's Landing

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.

Me and my nutrias

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).

You make a good throne, Human.

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!

Ebey’s Landing | 3.5 miles | 250 feet elevation gain –

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  • Reply Michelle May 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Beautiful! Looks like I will be re-living my pregnancy humbled hiking pace soon too. One good plus I found is that it really taught me to switch my inner competitor which was a good thing…and to appreciate just being out instead of looking to push my limits…you are looking great! When is the due date?

  • Reply Ingunn May 5, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Whaaa, are you expecting again? That’s awesome news!

    My due date is September 14, so I’m 21 weeks along right now.

  • Reply ARC May 5, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    This is so awesome, and as always, your photos are lovely and make me think I should spend more time outdoors. Do you guys take a tripod with you? Do you use a DSLR? Inquiring minds want to know ;)

    My older daughter’s birthday is 9/18. It’s a nice time of year to have a baby, though I hope your August isn’t too nasty hot.

  • Reply jill i May 6, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Two wonderful hikes! Of course there are reasons they are so popular. And so awesome you spied orcas from Whidbey! There were multiple sightings in the Salish Sea recently, I watched a couple from the beach at Golden Gardens one evening (with binoculars). Setting a good example for pregnant women with your continued hiking. Perhaps your baby will be born with hiking boots on its feet. :)

  • Reply Ingunn May 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

    ARC: There are so many beautiful places here, lots of cool places to take your kiddos this summer! We use a Canon 60D most of the time (unless we’re just running or don’t want to carry it, then make do with our phone cameras), and I only bring a tripod if I’m backpacking and want to take sunset/rise/star photos. Oh, and the mini heatwave last week gave me a preview of what’s to come in my third trimester. I should stock up on popsicles.

    Jill: It made me want to go on a whale cruise! I would love to see them closer.

  • Reply Michelle May 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Well, its very very early days but…it appears I am pregnant again! Not due til the new year so do the math, i’m just hanging to get through the first tri to be reassured…a bit of a switch after taking thre years to get pregnant with our first!

  • Reply Ingunn May 8, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Michelle, congratulations, that’s amazing! I’m crossing my fingers and toes and whatever else I can cross for you. I’ve heard similar stories from several people with unexplained infertility lately – it seems like for some people, once their body has been pregnant, it suddenly knows what to do. :o) We’re hoping that’s the case for us, too.

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