Hike Distance: 11.1 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 742.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1494 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 98276 feet
Sometimes I go on a hike intending to go a short distance, but it ends up being much longer than expected. Today was one of those beautiful days when I expected to go down a road and have it unexpectedly terminate after a short distance, but it didn’t. The road I was exploring went on for over 1.5 miles, and there were many other road intersections yet to explore. It was obvious these roads were all abandoned as grass and other low growing plants were taking over.
Being a warm sunny day, there were also plenty of snakes sunbathing! One was particularly long and thick, but I don’t know what type of snake it was. There are no venomous snakes on the west side of the Cascade Mt. range so I don’t worry about being bitten.
Surprisingly, my feet, ankles and knees weren’t bothering me today, which was an added bonus. These days, I’m challenged by Planters Fascitis and tendinitis in my ankle. I’ve been putting much effort into stretching to work these issues out before my PCT section hike. I’ve also been trying out some new shoes in hopes of alleviating the stresses in the joints of my lower torso. This will be a work in progress for the next few weeks!