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Three Year Hiking Streak - Mount Townsend 6.28.13

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Our hike to Mount Townsend completed 3 years of hiking at least once a week.

It all started with us deciding we should go see Mount St Helens. A real hike, not just a local trail that I managed to drag Tom along on occasionally. We had a fun day even though the mountain was complete covered by clouds. We had to go back the next week so we could actually see it=}

The next week, and the next... we decided to go to Mount Rainier.
At some point I started telling hubby that we couldn't break our "streak."
It became "where" not "if " we would go just to keep the streak alive.
We enjoyed the hikes,the drives and the time we were spending together. Our marriage grew stronger than ever. Our diet is much improved too.

We have seen so many beautiful places, mostly right here in western Washington.
We've seen many animals including foxes, marmots, deer, elk, pine marten, mountain goats, and even a bear.
From the lush green forests dripping with moss to the bare rock mountain peaks the opportunities here are endless. I hope we can do this for many more years. emoticon

Mount Townsend is a 8.2 mile round trip starting at 3200' going up to 6200'. The views are amazing at the top but toady the clouds made it hard to spot the mountains. We did see parts of Mount Rainier, Baker, Glacier Peak, Puget sound and Islands and Seattle. I want to go back on a clear day. Here's some pics.












Mount Rainier is hiding in the clouds.




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  • v REDBUBBLES
    Awesome emoticon
    1083 days ago
  • v FLORIDAGHOST
    My favorite pix is the first one of the trail switchback around the wild rhodies. Beautiful. I love how you find these nifty little nooks full of beautiful things and share with us. I think it would be fun to hike Mt Townsend. I've been close to it, but never bothered going. Too chicken of what I'll find in the wild besides the flowers and great scenes. Need to go with someone that is experienced.

    Thank you! emoticon emoticon on the streak!
    1092 days ago
  • v CRAZYWOMAN10
    That is awesome Wendy! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful part of the world!
    1095 days ago
  • v ONLYTEMPORARY
    m emoticon emoticon
    1095 days ago
  • v CHRISGETTINGFIT
    Sounds wonderful!! And great fritillary photo! Great job on your hiking streak!!!
    1095 days ago
  • v LINDAKAY228
    Congratulations on an amazing streak and so many adventures! That's awesome. Love the views of this area.
    1095 days ago
  • v OUTDOORGIRL71
    Wendy....

    That is a great accomplish. I am so glad for you & Tom. Keith & I would live to be able to get back to hiking again. Physically I am not sure we will be able to.
    emoticon pictures.
    1096 days ago
  • v TMCLEOD4
    emoticon on your three year hiking streak!
    That is truly awesome!

    Those pics from Mt Townsend are great. I didn't think the views would be that nice. And, you found Chocolate Lilies. Did you know those flowers are Chocolate Lilies? (or Checker Lilies, I prefer chocolate!) Those aren't too common in the wild. I've only seen them twice on trails.
    1096 days ago
  • v HIKING-4-ME
    emoticon emoticon
    1096 days ago
  • v ANDYLIN90
    for purple mountains majesty...hiking in Washington is THE BEST! I've tried to hike once a week, but have never had a streak like you and Tom have had. You ROCK!
    1096 days ago
  • v 1BEACHWALKER
    Isn't that something how you had to drag your husband at first?! Now look at you two!!! Three years and counting!! Gorgeous pics and you look awesome up there on your mountain!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1096 days ago
  • v DETERMINEDANGI
    Way to go! Beautiful pictures! I like the idea of hiking once a week, I may have to "borrow" it.
    1096 days ago
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