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Hiking Horse Lake

Monday, August 05, 2013

Yesterday we hiked a longer loop trail in the Cascade Mountains, to Horse Lake and Sunset Lakes. The trail was almost 9 miles. Lots of up and down; none of it was too steep but it felt like there was a LOT more uphill than downhill! We did NOT realize how close we were getting to lightening caused wildfires until after we had already hiked more than halfway round the loop. After lunch, we noticed airplanes and helicopters overhead; then we met firefighters on the trail. They explained the planes carried two crews of smoke jumpers; and the helicopters were dipping huge slings for water into the lake to dump on the fires. Our local news media had reported on other fire locations, but there was no report on the smaller fires on Horse Mountain (above Horse Lake) or we would have avoided the area.

The hike was really beautiful. We hiked on a trail through the woods, and then went off trail to circle around the Horse Lake. We had lunch on a rock peninsula with lovely views. The views were slightly hazy, but the smoke was blowing in the other direction and we had no idea we were within two miles of the fire line.

Bear grass and elderberries on the rocky peninsula at Horse Lake

South Sister behind Horse Lake

We continued off trail around the lake to rejoin the loop, and hiked past two smaller mountain tarns. We reached the Pacific Crest trail after crossing a large meadow (that’s where we met the first firefighters). We continued, crossing on a high rocky ridge through an area burned about 7 years ago. The views were amazing.


Asters along the trail

Indian pipes

Mountain views through the old burn

Last weekend was a great summer break with lots of fun activities and achievements.
1. Had dinner out with friends twice; ate moderately and stayed within my eating plan
2. Completed pulling weeds (cheat grass and medusa head) from the back portion of my yard. It looks MUCH better
3. Went to art walk and the county fair for a little cultural enjoyment
4. Attended Zumba class, and took a long hike
5. Talked to mom; I know she is weaker (she can’t get out of bed any more) but she sounded much more like herself -- less angry and depressed.

I’ll visit mom again at the end of the week, I’m looking forward to seeing her again.

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    Stunning pictures and a great hike too. You are doing great - good to hear about those dinners with friends - and that you kept to your guns. That's great that you had a good talk with your Mom, and she is sounding more like herself.
    1658 days ago
    Glad your mom is sounding well. Those pictures are gorgeous! Glad you were safe, though close to the fires! Yikes! Hope you had a good day today! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1661 days ago
    I'm glad that you had such a great week-end,Alison, and thank you for the lovely pictures from your hike. It's interesting to hear about your yard work because your plants and weeds are so different from mine. I'm glad you weren't any loser to the fire, although it would have been exciting to see the firefighters and the planes.

    It siunds as if your mother is more comfortable now. I hope you have a good visit with her.

    Take are and have a good week,
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    1662 days ago
    Absolutely gorgeous! What an amazing hike! You had a great weekend! Glad you'll be able to see your mom soon.

    1662 days ago
    Looks like an wonderful time spent in God's country. Sorry about your mom but I know your calls & visits help her more than you know.

    God bless,

    1662 days ago
  • DR1939
    Wonderful pictures and great weekend for you. I'm glad your mom is more like herself.
    1663 days ago
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