Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 10.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1586.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 2024 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 208762 feet

This was one beautiful day and we decided upon a hike that would allow me to connect to some previous roads.  Most of the hike was uphill, and it felt good on the back! There were great views and we saw no people today. 🙂

The only negative to this hike was that a homeowner was firing a gun when we were almost back to our car.  What was unnerving is that this homeowner is right next to a major road, in this area.  I called out that there were hikers here but they still fired again.  I then blew my whistle and the shooting stopped.  Unfortunately, this homeowner fired the gun again, when we got back to our car.  If I had to guess, the muzzle of the gun was pointed in our direction, which sounds different than if we heard it from the side or behind us.  I don’t believe they were firing at us, on purpose, but it was completely irresponsible, given we made it known we were there.  Also, this homeowner knows that there is a forest road behind their property and that cars and people travel on it!

Not knowing the gun laws in this area, or if it’s within restricted gun firing zone, I called the sheriff’s office to report the incident.  The sheriff’s office called back and were very professional and understanding on the phone.  I don’t have a problem with responsible gun ownership but this is an area with homes along the road, and, I called out and blew a whistle and they still fired the gun with the knowledge we were there.  No response was ever called back, and we were within 100-150 feet of the individual.

This incident didn’t ruin the amazingly good time we had but it sure makes us aware of risks people are exposed to while trying to enjoy the outdoors.  We do wear high visibility (blaze orange) jackets and backpack covers so we’re not an obvious target during hunting season.

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 10.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1576.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 1344 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 206738 feet

The first of three long forest road hikes.  Today was a gorgeous day and we felt able and willing to make it a long day and hike.  We initially started out on a previously hiked road and then turned off on a road that descended for a bit over a half mile.  The road ended under some power lines.  Our maps said the road continued but it was too overgrown to go further.

So we ascended back up the road and reached the main arteriole that leads through the forest.  We were able to continue far enough to reach another set of roads we never hiked.  We didn’t have time to complete these roads as we needed to get back home.  We’ll be back to finish these new areas another day!

I’m excited that my wife will be getting off her cast, by the end of the month, and we’ll be able to travel further to more exciting hikes.  She wasn’t able to drive with the cast and it sure put a wrench in venturing to new places.  In fact, we ended up cancelling a long weekend vacation planned for the coast, due to her inability to drive.  That said, we’ve planned a longer vacation early next year to make up for it.

A fun day with plenty of views (including clear cuts) and fresh air. 🙂

Whipple Creek Regional Park Hike

Hike Distance: 6.0 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1566.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 845 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 205394 feet

Yes, I spent the day in this beautiful park again.  It was a gorgeous day and I didn’t have time to drive too far away.  I’m always looking for different photographic opportunities and found a spider web that intrigued me.  I love this spider web picture and think the bokeh (background blur) turned out very well.

Salmon Creek Greenway Loop Trail & Cougar Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 6.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1560.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 504 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 204549 feet

Not having much time to drive further out I opted for this dependable hike close to home.  The reason I can’t go too far is I have my first iron infusion later this afternoon.  I’m sure hoping this helps my energy level and reduces my headaches.

I made a typical loop around a short section of the Salmon Creek Greenway but this time included the Cougar Creek Trail to add some variety to my typical hike.  The Cougar Creek Trail parallels a creek, of the same name, and is mostly forested.  On one side of the trail is the creek, which was way low in water, and the other side are the yards of private property.  The private property really doesn’t detract much from the atmosphere, which is quite nice.

All in all a nice hike on an exceptionally nice day!  Fantastic views of Salmon Creek and plenty of picture taking opportunities. 🙂  The only real issue was that my back SI joint was quite painful for the last 1/2 mile.  An aleve helped relieve the pain.

 

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 8.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1553.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 1544 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 204045 feet

A forest road area that we typically visit.  It was on the cold side when we started but warmed up as the day progressed.  The area we visited was entirely forested so no expansive views, but it was still beautiful.  Our major concern today was avoiding the hunters as it’s the beginning of modern firearm (rifle) season, which in my opinion is the most dangerous.  We only saw a couple of hunters, in trucks, and one stopped to talk and was very friendly.

A nice day to be out in the fresh cool air and enjoy the outdoors.  There was also plenty of elevation gain to get a nice workout!