Hiking, Hiking with baby, Issaquah Alps, Running, Top Trips

It never fails

I haven’t really been taking care of myself lately, and I could feel it in my head, my heart, my soul, my back, my everything. On Saturday I even got a migraine – I really hoped they were a thing of the past, but since I’ve gotten one at the same time of the month these past three months, it seems they’re just a new post-pregnancy hormonal thing. Oh joy! But at least they only last one day instead of three.

Tiger Mountain

By Sunday, I knew I needed to get out into the woods. It had been pissing down rain for days, but I didn’t care – getting out there was a must. We bundled Nora up in 537 layers and hit the trails on Tiger Mountain, expecting a bone-chilling deluge.

Tiger Mountain

Instead, we found sunshine. We found the scent of freshly washed (pressure-washed!) greenery. We found giant chanterelles popping up right next to the trail (see it?).

Lazy mushroaming Tiger Mountain

I ran ahead while Nora and JK dawdled and looked for more mushrooms, and in less than a mile, I felt like myself again. Smiling, laughing, positive, able to see beauty in a world that seems to have gone off the rails.

The trail, man. It’s magic.

Tiger Mountain

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  • Reply Lisa November 18, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Hmm maybe that’s why I’ve been in a funk lately. It’s been at least 2 months since we’ve gone for a hike (schedules, bad weather, sick, etc). Maybe I need to get my butt outside.

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz November 18, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Yes! Get out there! I don’t know if this is true for everyone, but when I was pregnant my endorphin threshold was crazy low, so even a short walk got me all giddy. Have you noticed anything like that?

  • Reply Brenna November 19, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Your smiles and Nora smiles and JK’s smiles always make me smile. Such a smiley family. It’s plus or minus the best.

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