Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 8.7 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 197.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 1140 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 28183 feet

The last hiking day of the month and it was a strong finish, probably my best ever for both distance and elevation!  A bit of drizzle but no significant rain.  I’m happy I could get out today as I had significant stomach issues last night. 😦

Today I decided to try out my new Canon G9X Mark II camera, and was very pleased with the photos. 🙂  This is the camera that will be with me on the PCT so I want to start learning to use it and find out any nuances.  I love the weight, a mere 7.3 ounces.  The detail in the images is impressive, with its 20Mp sensor.  The biggest issues are its minimal zoom, avoiding the touch screen with my thumb during operation and lack of any environmental weather sealing.

A great day to be hiking!

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 9.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 188.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 1761 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 27043 feet

Finally, a day without rain and the sun poking through occasionally!  There were times when it looked foreboding but it just went around the area is was in.  I particularly enjoyed the snow capped mountains just south of me.

Another amazing sight was seeing five deer during the course of my hike!  Unfortunately, the camera I carry is great for landscapes but not taking pictures of animals.

A very nice day to be out on a hike. 🙂

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 9.6 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 179.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 946 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 25282 feet

The day started out with a bit of drizzle but we had no idea how the weather would change.  We loved the hike and saw some very beautiful areas along the road.  Our favorite was when we crossed a creek over a nice creek.

And then it started, the rain increased significantly, and it was unrelenting! We had all our rain gear on, but that didn’t seem to keep the water from soaking our clothes.  My wife’s hands were so cold and I gave her one of my mittens to help with that hand.  However, it didn’t make a difference since the hand was already cold. 😦

The best part of the day was seeing NINE deer during the hike. 🙂 We almost never see that many large animals on a hike.  It was too rainy to even try getting the camera out in this wet and blustery weather.

We finally got back to the car and were glad when the heater warmed us up!  Unfortunately, the drive home was miserable, and it was sheeting at times.

When we got home I had to dry out all our clothes and equipment.  Thankfully, we have a glove and boot dryer to speed things up.  When I turned over the mitten that my wife claimed was cold/wet a cup (just guessing but it was a huge amount) of water poured out!

A fun hike but we need to go back when it’s not so wet, to appreciate the area.

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 10.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 169.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 1479 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 24336 feet

A warmer than expected day that turned out great since there wasn’t any rain!  This felt like more of a wandering hikes, through the back forest roads.  We were able to get in some decent mileage since there was plenty of time before sunset.  It somewhat cleared up at the end of the day, which made for a nice drive home.

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 8.8 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 159.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 1184 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 22857 feet

Cold, windy and rainy!  I so enjoyed the bad weather today and was nicely prepared with my winter rain gear.  I saw the snow line about 1500 feet above me but never quite reached it.  No animals or people were seen all day, which made for much appreciated solitude.  A great day to be hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. 🙂