WSU Campus & Pleasant Valley Park Hike

Hike Distance: 7.5 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 868.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 841 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 106340 feet

Another doctor appt. this morning, to the allergist, and so I got out late.  It’s interesting to find out I’m allergic to Oak and Birch pollen, but he doesn’t recommend allergy shots since I have no other allergies.

The WSU campus is close and so I headed there.  It was quite a bit cooler than the last couple of days, which was pleasant.  I basically took a counter-clockwise loop around the campus, and took a short jaunt over to Pleasant Valley Park to add a couple miles to the hike.  There was a nice view of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens while on the west side of the campus, although a bit of haze made for marginal photo clarity.

There’s a lot of construction going on at N.E. 50th Ave. as WSU is constructing a large building there!

Very few people on the campus as they’re between school seasons.  One interesting experience I had was coming upon a guy with two dogs, near a Mill Creek access point.  His dogs were off leash, but mellow, and just standing there looking at me approaching.  This guy was oblivious to me, and on all fours having difficulty sticking his face into the creek to get a drink!  He was kind of crawling along the river rock, making a lot of noise, and trying to find a good place to sip the water…from this less than clean creek.   It wasn’t a pleasant sight, and after about 5 seconds I turned around and just left.

Other than that it was a pleasant hike, and just a mellow day.