Summer Hikes

Deception Pass June (15)

This summer Rachel and I tried to go on as many hikes as we could.  We would go on the Saturdays that Vu was in class, but we only ended up going about once a month.  There are a lot of hikes in the area that we have never done and have wanted to.  This was actually a really nice summer this year in Washington.  Sometimes a little bit too nice for me… I don’t enjoy the heat.  At all.  And yes I know that our heat is nothing in comparison to most other places, but that was a huge reason why I moved here.  However, it was nice to be able to enjoy it and be outside.

In April we started with Tiger Mountain.  It was pretty, but the whole thing looked the same.  An incline with moss covered trees.

Tiger Mountain April PS (2)Tiger Mountain April PS (4)Tiger Mountain April PS (5)

In May we went to Deception Pass.  We love this bridge.  We also went to Olympic National Park.

Deception Pass June (5) PSDeception Pass June PS (17)Deception Pass June PS (14)

Vu and I actually attended a wedding here in the Deception pass park a few years ago. 🙂

Mark's wedding July 30 2011 PS (9)

In June we hiked Twin Falls which was great.   It just might be my favorite hike I have done in Washington.  The first half of the trail follows the river and then you hike up to the falls.  My camera battery died right after we started, so I only have cell phone pictures of it.  We wanted to try and go again this summer, but that didn’t end up happening.

Twin Falls May PS (6)Twin Falls May PS (11)Twin Falls May PS (13)

July was really busy so we didn’t do any hikes in Washington (we did go to Glacier though).

In August we hiked to Snow Lake, which has a really amazing view of the Lake.  It was the busiest hike I have ever done.  One of our fellow hikers told us he does this hike every week and it is the busiest hike in the state. There were so many people on the trail.  A lot of the trail is a small path over rocks and switchbacks so with so many people out we had to stop often and let people going the opposite direction pass.  It was also a lot more rigorous than I had anticipated and I didn’t bring nearly enough water with me.  We ran into a friend on the trail and she gave me some of her water since she had a lot.  It was so nice, I really appreciated it.

Snow Lake Aug PS (1)Snow Lake Aug PS (2)

In September we “hiked” Snoqualmie Tunnel.  It is an old railway tunnel that has now been converted into a “trail” for bikers and hikers.  It wasn’t really a hike though since it is all flat.  The tunnel is 2 miles long.  I was amazed how long it took to walk the whole way.  It felt like it took forever.  For most of the way you could see the opening at the far end and for a long time it seemed like it wasn’t getting any bigger and closer.  It was also weird to be in the dark for that long.  It make me think of the Mines of Moria from the Lord of the Rings, and that is how I imagined it would have felt (I just read the books for the first time this summer and I loved them although I have been a long time lover of the movies).  Just outside of the other side of the tunnel there is a really cool water fall.

Snoqualmie Tunnel Sept PS (1)Snoqualmie Tunnel Sept (7)

You can see the freeway on the right side of this picture.

Snoqualmie Tunnel Sept PS (5)

I loved the fall colors that were beginning to show underneath all of the evergreens.

Snoqualmie Tunnel Sept PS (6)

I love living in this state, there is so much beauty all around us.  I have really been able to enjoy a lot of nature this summer (as evidenced by the percentage of post containing nature pictures). Hopefully we will be able to get to more of the other hikes next summer.

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