Frenchmen’s Bar& Trail Area Hike

Hike Distance: 5.4 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 156.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 109 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 19601 feet

A beautiful day and a nice hike to end the first month of 2019!  I’m actually quite surprised that I was able to hike 156 miles with an elevation gain of over 19000 feet, given my back issues.

My back is a bit sore as I’ve finally started physical therapy for it.  My physical therapist is optimistic for SI joint improvement but expects it to take a while, given there are few muscles that support this joint but many possible causes.  He also applied Astim soft tissue therapy, which made the area sore, and was painful during the treatment.  He also gave me core building exercises to do once a day, which hopefully my body will respond to?

The hike I do in this area is to basically walk along the Columbia River, and also along the north and south dikes.  There were views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens along the dikes, and I took some pictures.  Only the tip of Mt. Adams is visible so a picture wasn’t included below.  There weren’t many people seen during the hike, which is always enjoyable.  There was plenty of boat traffic along the Columbia River and I watched it as I walked along.

I should also mention that I’ve upgraded my WordPress account from personal to premium, so that I could include videos, and other possible features.  I’ve purchased a Feuytech Smartphone Gimbal so I can create smooth video, but need to learn how to use it.  I’m hoping to include new content and possibly improve this site, in coming months.  That said, I still need to complete about 25 trip reports to catch up to the current date.  It’s so very difficult to keep up on the trip reports when I’m hiking about 75% of the time.

A very nice day in the fresh air. 🙂