WENDYWITKOSKI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WENDYWITKOSKI WENDYWITKOSKI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Big Creek 11.15.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542886 Tom and I hiked at Big Creek in Olympic National Park Yesterday. We saw just one other person all day but saw thousands of mushrooms, lots of mossy trees and some pretty creeks. We got in about six miles and took over 600 photos. Here's some of the best ones: <BR> <BR> Big Creek Campground is closed but you can park outside the gate and walk to the trail. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l661891141.jpg">: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:46:36 EST Crystal Peak 7.5.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412454 We loved Crystal Peak!!! <BR> The views of Mount Rainier are amazing! The flowers are beautiful! <BR> The hike is just the right challenge for us at almost 8 miles with a gain of 3100' to the top at 6595'. <BR> We hung out at the top enjoying the views, taking pictures and talking to some great people. <BR> We were worn out by the time we got back to the car. <BR> <BR> Here's some pics: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l476145870.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 14:33:20 EST Three Year Hiking Streak - Mount Townsend 6.28.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405917 Our hike to Mount Townsend completed 3 years of hiking at least once a week. <BR> <BR> 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=} <BR> <BR> The next week, and the next... we decided to go to Mount Rainier. <BR> At some point I started telling hub... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 23:36:19 EST Kelly Butte and Colquhoun Peak 6.22.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399338 I love the Kelly Butte trail for it's steep climb, cool rocks that make great photo ops, great flowers, the view from the top and the lack of people. Colquhoun Peak is nearby and I couldn't resist bagging it. We got in about 5 miles and just had a fun day! <BR> <BR> Here's some pics: <BR> <BR> Mount Rainier from the beginning of the trail <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l748316865.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Me climbing up <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 17:18:31 EST Mount Rose Summit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399323 I've been hiking every week but have not been doing much with Sparkpeople. It seems that life got busy. It's that time of year, I want to be outside! <BR> <BR> Last Friday we went back to Mount Rose and made it all the way to the top. It was cloudy and there were no views but I felt great pride in making it up this steep trail. <BR> I was worn out by the time we were done. <BR> <BR> Here's some of the pics: <BR> Let's go. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1228040362.j... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 16:55:34 EST Mount Rose 4.19.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329679 We hiked at Mount Rose in the Olympics, for the first time, today. The first 1.8 miles to the JCT at Horsecamp the trail is in great shape and easy to follow though steep. <BR> After that it gets STEEPer and snow makes it hard to follow the trail. <BR> After post-holing deep a few times I was ready to turn back about 3/4 mile before the summit. I hate giving up but it was the smart thing for us to do. We will go back when the snow melts and make it all the way. <BR> <BR> Gaining so much... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 13:05:21 EST Little Ranger Peak 4.12.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321319 Today we hiked up to Little Ranger Peak. The trail is in great shape except one big tree that blocks the trail in two places but it isn't hard to get over. The hike is 6 miles through mossy green forest. We had some early sun breaks and the rain held off until just before we got back to the car. <BR> <BR> I can't get the pics to load (grrr..sorry.)so here is a link to my Facebook album: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?<BR>set=a.10151631455378109.1073741835.547<B... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 22:51:48 EST Greenwater 4.7.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315245 It was such a rainy day that we didn't want to go hiking but we didn't want to sit home either so we went for a drive up on the forest road 70 near Greenwater. We went all the way to the SnoPark then went down to the Greenwater Lakes Trailhead. <BR> We walked about 1.5 miles on the Greenwater Lakes Trail then went back to driving. <BR> We went as far as we could on several other roads off FR70 always forced to stop when the snow got deep. I am so ready for all that snow to melt! <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 23:34:03 EST Mazama Ridge at Mount Rainier 3.29.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306161 Friday we grabbed the snowshoes and headed to Paradise to finally do Mazama Ridge. <BR> <BR> The route starts out on a road that they don't plow in the winter then goes steeply UP. We were able to follow some tracks and found our way up to the "secret passage" through the trees onto the ridge. It's beautiful there. The views of the Tatoosh Range were neat but the usual amazing views of Mount Rainier were blocked by clouds even though it was mostly sunny. <BR> I ended up with a nasty sunburn... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:25:49 EST Hurricane Ridge 3.8.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280091 Finally, after weeks of waiting for good weather, we headed up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. Once we got above the clouds it was a beautiful sunny day with some interesting clouds that blocked some views but didn't bother us. <BR> <BR> We snowshoed up the Hurricane Hill trail. The first 1+ mile is a road that doesn't get plowed in the winter. Beyond the end of the road it gets steep and a little dangerous. We went up one big steep slippery slope that had me a little nervous. ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 12:32:55 EST Staircase Rapids and Orangegate Property http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271576 Friday we drove up to the Olympic National Park and hiked the Staircase Rapids Trail. It took us 3 hours due to a snowy side trip=) <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10<BR>151555157963109.1073741825.547133108&t<BR>ype=1&l=38c782a552 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today we were in the area and stopped to check out Orangegate Property not far from home. We only had about 45 minutes and there is over 100 acres of trails so we'll have to go back to see the rest. <BR> <link>www.faceboo... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:13:04 EST Swan Creek 2.22.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260410 The weather here is wet and windy and there is a storm going on in the mountains so we decided to hike locally today. <BR> Swan Creek Park here in Tacoma has many miles of trails including a few hills. We explored a new section today and were happy to see new trail signs with maps. <BR> We had fun wandering for two hours even though it was raining like crazy. <BR> Here's some pics: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1294270119.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:19:31 EST Nisqually Wildlife Refuge 2.15.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252073 We had another beautiful spring like day here! We spent the day walking all over the Nisqually Wildlife Refuse. We walked 5-6 miles. There is a neat mile long raised boardwalk that goes out over the water. We saw baby great horned owls, bald eagles, great blue herons, hawks, geese, ducks, gulls and more. <BR> <BR> Owls in the morning <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1692237460.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Owls in the afternoon <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 22:13:21 EST Ocean Shores - Snowy Owls 2.1.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234614 We headed to Damon Point at Ocean Shores in search of the snowy owls that winter there. We saw lots of owls and lots of owl photographers. And we discovered a beach that would be fun to visit again in the summer. After a little picnic in the car, we drove to the North Jetty and hung around to watch the sunset. It was a great day and we got in a LOT of walking! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1962868360.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 15:00:51 EST Multnomah Falls and More 1.26.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234601 We went to Portland last Friday to visit two of our grandsons and their parents too. The boys loved the gifts we brought and we all enjoyed lunch at McD's. <BR> <BR> Since we were so close we headed to Multnomah Falls which has been on my hiking wish list for a very long time. We discovered that there are lots of falls and neat things to stop at around there. <BR> <BR> Here's some of the best shots: <BR> <BR> Happy Brothers <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2051597... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 14:46:00 EST Chambers Bay 1.25.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223761 We were expecting rain so we decided to stay close to home. We went to nearby Chambers Bay thinking we'd get the 3.25 loop done in no time but about halfway through the loop is a bridge over the railroad tracks that gets you to the beach. The sky was brightening up so we decided to check out the beach. We walked as far north then as far south as we could go which is about 2 more miles. We had the whole beach to ourselves and made the only tracks in the sand. It warmed up to around 50 and no ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 22:57:21 EST Paradise 1.18.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214237 We enjoyed another amazing day at Mount Rainier. A weird temperature inversion made it nice and warm at The Mountain while it was cold and foggy in the lowlands. <BR> There were interesting clouds and a beautiful sunset. <BR> <BR> Playing with the camera on the way there. We'll see that cloud all day. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l142114525.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mount St Helens <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1545305755.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mount A... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:55:27 EST IC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207625 <BR> I've been lost in thought, dealing with a painful IC (interstitial cystitis) flare up and just struggling to accept that I have this stupid condition. <BR> I am worried about how long I will be able to continue driving truck for a living, go on long hikes and other things. <BR> I am finally realizing that I have to learn which foods make my bladder hurt and avoid them. Caffeine, chocolate, acidic fruits and more probably need to be gone forever. Dang! But they recommend vanilla ice cr... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 23:21:08 EST Paradise at Mount Rainier 1.11.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204295 We love Paradise on sunny winter days so we headed there again. <BR> We saw a silver phase red fox begging along the road. I took his picture but didn't give him any food. I always want to but never do because it's not good for them. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1035560499.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2046787204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A little farther up the road we pulled over to take a picture of The Mountain and immediately were app... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 22:30:03 EST Skagit River Eagles 1.4.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191853 Yesterday was amazing, we headed up to the Skagit River to see the bald eagles that hang out in the area this time of year. We saw dozens of eagles, a couple of great blue herons and many other birds. <BR> We will never forget one stop at a roadside rest/viewing area. We spotted an eagle in a tree near us in the parking lot it flew across the hwy and landed on it's prey. We could tell something was under it but couldn't tell what. Before long it flew back over to the tree with it's lunch. W... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 16:17:37 EST Panorama Point Snowshoe 1.1.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185603 We had another amazing day on Mount Rainier. The sun was shining and the wind was calm. The clouds to the south that were to the south on Friday were not there making the view amazing. We could see Mounts Adams, Hood and St. Helens and countless other peaks and ridges. <BR> Panorama Point in the snow is a long hard climb that we have turned back on several times due to wind, fear or lack of ambition. I'm so proud to have made it! <BR> <BR> It's back to work today so I better finish this and ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 08:43:17 EST Goals for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182882 I'm tired of spinning my wheels and will practice more self control in the new year so I can lose some more weight. <BR> <BR> My goal is Onederland. That's about 32 pounds. I'll weigh in tomorrow AM. <BR> I will also continue the (now 2.5 yr) weekly hiking streak. <BR> I'm re-starting the Paleo diet tomorrow. <BR> I will better follow my diet restrictions for my bladder so I will have less pain. <BR> I will go to the dentist for a cleaning and check-up. <BR> I will find a primary care prov... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:54:45 EST Paradise at Mount Rainier 12.28.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179989 With predictions of dreary weather and neither of us feeling very good we were going to head to the coast for our weekly hike. I printed out directions and we were about to go when I saw a live shot of Mount Rainier from Seattle on the news. I checked the parks twitter feed and found they we planning to open the gate about 10. YEAH! We excitedly grabbed our snowshoes and headed that way. <BR> When we got to the gate they had just opened it for the day. Chains required except for all wheel ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 15:44:38 EST Crystal Mountain Area 12.7.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159759 I have a sore throat and stuffy nose so we decided to go easy today. We drove to a few places and got out and explored in the fresh snow. We got in about an hour of total hiking. It was a lot of fun! And so pretty and peaceful. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l375619282.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l852262588.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1408401058.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 23:22:24 EST Greenwater Lakes 11.24.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146469 We hiked 6.6 miles on a nice trail along the Greenwater River and took us to two lakes. It's lush green thanks to all the moisture and the river is constantly changing. sometimes it's calm and others it's raging. There are many waterfalls along the way. It's so pretty that we stopped over and over to take pictures. It'd be really neat if you could hear the sounds of the water in the pics. <BR> Here's some of the best shots: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l3244... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 22:01:17 EST Suntop Lookout 11.16.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137790 We hiked up to Suntop Lookout today. The road goes all the way up to the lookout but is gated a mile below now because of snow. A mile each way and some wandering at the top is enough today. The snow was between 3 and 10" deep and had a hard crust making it a lot of work. Which, of course, burns more calories=) <BR> <BR> The snow was really coming down at times and at the top the wind was blowing hard. It was too cloudy to see the usually amazing view of Mount Rainier but it was so fun to... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:37:04 EST Comet Falls 11.9.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130553 Tom and I headed up to Mount Rainier yesterday to hike the Comet Falls Trail. It was a pretty morning so we stopped and took some pics at Alder Lake on the way. <BR> <BR> There was a dusting of snow at the trail head and a couple of inches at the falls. <BR> It was really pretty! The trail goes along the raging Van Trump Creek and has many falls and has carved out the rock creating neat pools. <BR> The trail used to go much farther but a huge avalanche last winter forced closure 1.6 miles ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 12:39:29 EST Rattlesnake Mountain 11.3.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123078 Tami and I kept our plan to hike Rattlesnake Mountain today even though the weather was ugly. It was cloudy and wet but it was still great to be out. We got the hilly 11 miles done in 8 hours including about an hour of breaks. <BR> I'm proud of us! And worn out. <BR> Here's some pics in no particular order: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1021509300.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463732430.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 00:06:38 EST Theler Wetlands in Belfair WA 10.26.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114020 It's a dreary rainy day here so we picked something short, easy and not mountainous that a friend had recommended. It's a lovely place even on an ugly day. There were fall colors, lots of water, great blue herons, a bald eagle and lots I birds that I don't know. We walked for two hours and covered three plus miles. Here's the best of the pics in no particular order. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1542913691.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 19:00:39 EST Snowy Mount Catherine 10.20.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106448 The first snow of the season hit at Snoqualmie Pass this morning and made hiking up to the top of Mount Catherine with Sparkfriend Tammy a lot of fun! It was beautiful! Fun day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1335393957.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1362263716.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1781595792.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1060699826.jpg">... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 21:31:45 EST Snoqualmie Tunnel 10.19.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105333 The Snoqualmie Tunnel has been on our list for a long time. Today we took advantage of the long tunnel to get some miles in without getting drenched. <BR> The east portal is just .4 mile from the parking lot, the tunnel is 2.3 miles long, through a mountain, we went a little past the east portal making it a 5.5 mile walk with less than a mile of it out in the pouring rain=) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l392134354.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:56:33 EST Tipsoo Lake and Naches Peak Loop 10.13.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097967 We just couldn't stay away from The Mountain even though the weather is too bad to even see it. The fall colors are amazing! They made the hike great despite the weather. <BR> We were glad to be back at the car after the three wet miles. <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10<BR>151289710218109.523042.547133108&type=<BR>1&l=8d8bfd7b90 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l182658635.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l255086735... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 21:02:31 EST Lake Fenwick 10.13.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097408 The wonderful long dry spell in the Seattle area has come to an end=( <BR> Knowing that rain after 82 days would make the roads a mess we decided on a short local hike at Lake Fenwick Park in Kent instead of going to the mountains. The fall colors and the giant staircase made it a nice little hike. <BR> We missed the mountains and might just head up that way this morning after we drop off DD at her friends house. They are going to Seattle to walk in a suicide prevention walk. I'm so proud of... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:17:48 EST North Cascades Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090521 We headed over the lovely North Cascades Hwy Friday morning to get to the top of the highest road in WA and Slate Peak Lookout and do some hiking where the larch trees needles are turning golden before dropping. We explored the Pacific Crest Trail from a few places near Hart's Pass Road. It's so beautiful right now with the fall colors. <BR> <BR> We stayed in the old west style town of Winthrop in a great room with a private deck with a view of mountains and a field that deer stay in at nig... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 21:24:54 EST Indian Henry's Cabin and Mirror Lake 9.28.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079684 The third try was the charm! We tried to make it to Indian Henry's Cabin in 1999 and last year but both times snow made it impossible to find our way. Our warm dry summer has melted all the snow this year so we made it all the way and then some. <BR> We took the less traveled route which starts at the gate on the Westside Road which is closed because of major storm damage years ago. The Tahoma Creek trail has been abandoned by the park but rouge volunteers have made re-routes that get you pa... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 15:15:25 EST Spray Park Trail at Mount Rainier 9.21.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070461 We headed to the NW corner of Mount Rainier National Park to hike the spray Park Trail. We were optimistic even thought we had to use our windshield wipers as we left home. As we neared the trail head I began to regret my decision to wear shorts and not bring rain gear. But then just before arriving we finally rose above the marine layer into clear sky and sunshine=). I wore both my vest and sweat jacket but before long I was carrying them in my backpack again. <BR> The first viewpoint on the... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 14:20:15 EST Burroughs Mountains at Mount Rainer 9.14.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060145 This is a hike I have wanted to do for a long time but stubborn snow patches on an exposed cliff, early in the hike, kept us waiting because I am too chicken to cross snow when a fall would be fatal. Plenty of other, braver people do it in the snow. <BR> It's snow free now and is absolutely beautiful. It's different terrain, an alpine tundra where little grows. The Mountain is so close you can see the glaciers and the crevasses. I loved spotting some of the other places we have hiked to and ... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 09:27:47 EST Mount Rainier 9.7.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049218 A sunny and warm forecast had us out of bed at 3 this morning so we could get to Mount Rainier nice and early. We started hiking at 6:30 just as the sun started hitting the mountain with pink highlights. It was beautiful! <BR> We ended up going farther than planned which means onto the Muir snowfield which is scary for me. On the way down I slipped and since I was on my butt I decided to try glissading, something I never thought I would do. It is fun and way easier than trying to walk the st... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 23:39:52 EST Will Hike for Blackberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043060 We hiked a few miles today to get blackberries to make jam. Swan Creek Park right here in Tacoma is a great place to hike and if you know when/where to go there are blackberries. We saw a few people on the lower trail but nobody up on the top section where the berries are. Here's some pics. <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10<BR>151229502218109.512941.547133108&type=<BR>1&l=e41157f339 </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 21:29:35 EST Mother Daughter Mount Catherine 8.31.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039470 My lovely daughter and I hiked together for the first time in years. Actually, it was the most fun we have had together in years. It was great! <BR> This hike is made fun by a short scramble to the top that has cables you grab for help up. They are even more help going down. <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10<BR>151225463913109.512095.547133108&type=<BR>1&l=db8c3d5987 </link> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:43:44 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037863 I am on vacation this week and had a wonderful time exploring the NW part of WA. <BR> We got a room in Mount Vernon but were not there much. <BR> We drove up Sunday and explored LaConner, had lunch in Anacortes where we ran into a Sparkfriend. It was nice to see you Cyndi! After lunch we stopped by a Kayak rental place and signed up for a 3 hour trip. It was great fun! And easier than I expected. <link>www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10<BR>151216175993109.510703.547133108&type=<BR>3&l=8b6... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:05:02 EST Pinnacle Saddle 8.18.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021635 I had a wonderful day hiking with my Sparkfriend Tammy yesterday. <BR> We did a nice trail at Mount Rainier. The wildflowers are plentiful and in full bloom and the views are amazing! We saw four marmots, a chipmunk, a pica and a frog too. And we has a great time visiting. <BR> Here's the best of my pics: <link>www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10<BR>151196411568109.507920.547133108&type=<BR>3&l=d2e618e118 </link> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 10:21:37 EST Alger Alp 8.17.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020180 I had to go to Anacortes to pick up my DD returning from her summer job on a private island in the San Juans. <BR> I headed north several hours early so I could hike this little peak that I see from I-5 twice a week on my way to Bellingham. I've had it on my list a long time. It was HOT and I had to hurry so I wouldn't be late to the dock. I sweated away some calories=) I did the round trip in two hours and fifteen minutes. <BR> It was nice to see my DD and hear all about her summer. <BR>... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:41:45 EST Grand Park 8.11.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012324 Our hike yesterday was amazing! We did 9.6 miles in a place so beautiful that we didn't want to leave. <BR> Grand Park is a nearly 2 mile long flat plateau formed long ago when lava filled a canyon on the north side of Mount Rainier National Park. A layer of pumice now covers the lava and the wildflowers grow in abundance and are in full bloom. Check it out: <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10<BR>151182001408109.505783.547133108&type=<BR>3&l=8d84c7ebe5 </link> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 16:42:16 EST Mount Beljica 8.3.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000544 We picked Mt. Beljica today. It's a short (4 miles RT) but steep trail that passes a lovely lake halfway up. The view from the top was amazing! We stayed up there wandering around, taking pictures and just enjoying the views for a couple of hours. Mount Rainier was the star but we also could see Adams, Hood, St. Helens and some of the other places we have hiked to. On the way down I took off my shirt and shorts and went for a swim in Lake Christine. There was nobody else around. We saw just t... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 10:21:35 EST Noble Knob 7.29.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993039 We had to wait until Sunday to hike thanks to work and we ended up with the best weather. YAY! <BR> We took the 4.2 mile route from Dallas Ridge to Noble Knob because it has the best roads to the trailhead. It's such a beautiful place that we might try the other routes someday. <BR> The bugs at the top were hungry. Repeated spraying of Off didn't help. <BR> I have bites everywhere. They even bit through our clothes. <BR> The view was so great that I sat there taking it in for a long time. <... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:52:19 EST Fremont Lookout at Mount Rainier 7.21.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981179 Loved this hike today! It's just 5.6 miles RT and gets you right up close to Mount Rainier. <link>www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10<BR>151132591638109.499702.547133108&type=<BR>3&l=8fe0facb82 </link> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 00:24:29 EST High Rock Lookout 7.8.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961455 In today's heat the steep hike to High Rock was BRUTAL! <BR> I burned some calories! <BR> The views are amazing there! <BR> Some of the best pics are here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10<BR>151103556573109.496632.547133108&type=<BR>1&l=aa35e25896 </link> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 01:01:13 EST Kelly Butte Lookout 6.29.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948827 We had fun, but no sun, hiking today. This trail has amazing views when it's clear and is still fun when it's cloudy. There are neat rocks, lots of wildflowers and marmots=) It's a great workout because it is STEEP. <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10<BR>151080202343109.494444.547133108&type=<BR>3&l=c19620096f </link> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 11:10:48 EST Olympic Peninsula Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928259 Tom and I spent the week exploring the Olympic Peninsula. We saw so many amazingly beautiful places! We walked over twenty miles total. And we took several thousand pictures. I spent the day picking out some good ones to share and doing laundry etc. There are three albums. <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10<BR>151048282108109.490949.547133108&type=<BR>3&l=a84c798f96 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10<BR>151047900628109.490907.547133108&type=<BR>3... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 20:36:19 EST