Hike Distance: 3.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 226 feet
I walked about fifty feet from the TH and my ankle was having shooting pains. I put on the ankle brace and all seemed to be well for the remainder of the hike. I initially didn’t put the brace on because I thought it was actually causing some ankle pain. Live and learn!
It’s rather cold today but there is a significant wind that felt bitter cold to the exposed skin. I covered my face and ears and cranked the heated mittens up to maximum. Along with the full rain gear, that shielded me from the wind, I was quite comfortable. I hiked slowly today due to the situation with my ankle, and it worked out okay.
There was significant ice chips floating near the shore on Vancouver Lake, and the waves generated by the wind resulted in an eerie sound from the colliding ice cubes with the shore. I even took a movie to remember the occasion. I also watched as a Clark County clean-p crew removed all the downed branches from the storm over the last week. They did a great job, but I don’t know how they dealt with the extreme cold, since their clothing seemed inadequate. I could see Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens across the lake since it was a fairly clear day.