Showing posts from July, 2016
We took advantage of our time on the peninsula by checking out a day hike we wouldn't usually drive over for otherwise. Mount Ellinor is a steep hike with panoramic views of the sound and the Olympics, but due to the weather we ended up with lots of mysterious fog and a few close encounters with goats. Park rangers on the trail gave us a heads up that the goats were quite habituated, and not to freak out if they got closer than expected, but we didn't spend too long at the top to avoid any major goat drama. Sarah totally has a future as a goat whisperer, if that ever becomes a thing.
It's backpacking season! Warm days in the mountains have melted out most of the snow, flowers are in bloom, and berries are just starting to ripen at lower elevations. For the long weekend, Cary and I picked out an epic backpacking loop that would take all 3 days. We did the White Pass - Pilot Ridge loop in the opposite direction than most people take, climbing the 5,000 ft from the river up to the ridge right away, rather than spend time in the trees for a slower climb up the valley. The views were epic, but unfortunately there was more snow than anticipated at the notch above Blue Lake, and we were sans micro-spike or crampons and ice axes, so we shortened our trip into a 20-mile out and back instead. We'll definitely have to come back and try the rest of the loop sometime on a regular weekend.