Fun Stuff: Fort Clatsop and Warrior Rock Lighthouse
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Friday, was suppose to be a swim, walk and yoga day. However, after calling my swim friend who is also a childhood friend, we decided to skip everything and drive to the beach to pick up the Senior National Park Pass for $10.00. It paid for itself as we visited Fort Clatsop. Then we drove out on the beach. I even got out and got in the ocean. That would have been great, but I wasn't too wild about driving home with sandy toes.
Saturday, I wanted to do something with Buddy. We decided to try the hike to the Warrior Rock Light House. It is an old Light House announcing the point separating the Columbia River from the Multnomah Channel. I could easily walk to it from my house if I didn't need to swim across the Channel. Instead I drove almost an hour to get to a bridge and back track on the island. For some reason I thought it was a two mile hike. The people I encountered said it was more like four miles one way. I didn't make it, but I got close. Next time I will be better prepared.
Here is my post about the hike from one of my teams:
I need to keep moving to keep things from hurting. Today was a rest day. I hiked for 2.5 hours yesterday. No electronics with me, but I think I walked more than four miles.
My legs did not hurt where I squirted them with magnesium oil before I hiked. So, I coated all the sore places with mag oil when I got home. Slept well and nothing really hurt today. Did not need to take ibuprofen. Hurray!
Also, I coated myself in hemp oil and did not get a sunburn. Just wish I had remembered the phone so I could take pictures. It was so pretty. The hike was along the Columbia River and I could see both Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams. Also the big ships were chugging up and down the channel. I will bring more water next time and the mylar blankets so I can actually sit on the ground without getting wet. There were plenty of logs to sit on, but I think if I could have laid down for ten minutes, I might have been able to go farther.
I wrapped a leash around my waist and hooked it to Buddy's leash and he towed me most of the way. However, he too was spent by the time we got back. He quit pulling shortly after we turned around. He was a little wobbly a couple times. I had trouble getting him to drink bottled water. He wanted to drink dirty river water which made him puke. I will pack a bowl for him.
Oh, another thing I discovered. I felt really fatigued so threw an Airborne tablet in my bottle of water and it helped perk me up within about ten minutes. Better than the water alone had done. Of course maybe I was just getting a second wind, but certainly something to consider. I might want to bring trail mix next time too and Buddy's jerky snacks.