Hike Distance: 9.4 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 700.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1574 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 92456 feet
An exceptionally nice day, if not a bit too warm when not under the canopy. I had to make sure I stayed hydrated today as I tend not to drink enough.
I really enjoyed walking the forest road today as there were no people out there and the solitude is wonderful! The trails systems in the Portland/Vancouver area have been under stress due to the Columbia Gorge fire that has closed most of the trails there. In addition, the population has exploded in the Portland/Vancouver area, in recent years, and the trail systems have been crowded and suffered greatly. 😦 I know I’m on a soap box but this area used to be fantastic for hiking when the population was much lower. To be honest, the pacific northwest is turning into California at a rapid pace. Every parcel of land is for sale and development is running rampant. It’s so very sad to see all this beauty crowded out by people wanting to find the idealic place to live. I can’t really blame anyone as we moved out here 37 years ago from the Chicago area. I remember this happening in the Chicago suburbs when I was growing up and moved away because I didn’t like the crowds and insane traffic. Now, as an adult, I’m kind of locked in to this location due to proximity to my children and grandchildren. Oh well, we’ll need to adapt to change just like everybody else.
A wonderful day and I was quite tired when I got home, which is a good thing!