We’re getting some nice winter sun in the City today but snow has already dusted the mountains and soon it will be so deep that we will need snowshoes to hike anywhere. I was reflecting on our great summer full of adventure this morning in the “goodbye, we won’t see you until next year” kind of way. If you haven’t read about them all, here are the highlights:
In May I drove 3,000 miles from Seattle to Las Vegas and back for a blogging conference. The whole trip took 10 days. I had hoped to hike a couple more trails on our way but, in my excitement, I forgot there was still mountain snow in a lot of places. We had a great time hiking at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon and Beacon Rock along the Columbia Gorge though.
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We hiked some really tough but rewarding trails this summer. I hadn’t hiked any trails this hard in a long time and they were probably the toughest that Chester and Gretel had ever hiked. If I had known the hike to Lake Lillian and Rampart Ridge would have been so hard, I would have have left Chester at home (because he is an old doggy now) but he scrambled up with no problems. I probably should’t have been surprised he did so well though because earlier in the year he had hiked one of the toughest trails in the Northwest, Mailbox Peak, with me.
We went on a couple of camping trips too. We camped on the beach once but I didn’t have time to write about it and it wasn’t super exciting since we drove to the campsite. The best camping trip we did this summer though was the overnight backpacking trip to Camp Mystery and Marmot Pass.
Even though it’s winter, we still have a lot of fun planned ahead. We’ll do some snowshoeing like last year and we have a super-duper fun “in the woods” plan for Thanksgiving (which I will write about for sure).
How about your adventure plans? Did you do anything fun or challenging over the summer? Have any exciting plans for winter?
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