Battleground Lake State Park Hike

Hike Distance: 5.7 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1444.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 864 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 191332 feet

I got out late and decided on Battleground Lake for a hike, and it never disappoints!  Almost nobody on the trail, and I love it that way.  I circled around the lake and then went to the outer trail system, which is always less crowded and feels remote.  I think I’ll be getting back into removing ivy again.

I spent a bit more time trying to get good pictures out of my Olympus TG-5 weatherproof camera, and it finally paid off!  I just need to use the histogram function and trust the LCD panel to tell me when the exposure is what I want!  I was almost ready to sell this camera but now it seems to be a keeper. 🙂  I guess you can be the judge of how these photos came out.

Whipple Creek Regional Park Hike

Hike Distance: 6.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1438.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 933 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 190468 feet

I had the flu shot last night and am a bit tired as a result.  That’s not uncommon for me, and I got out late so I could rest a bit more in the morning.

This was a typical hike around the Whipple Creek Park area, and there were two highlights from today.  First, I got to meet and have a wonderful conversation with a woman named Terese (sorry if the spelling is wrong?).  We walked together for a bit and had some great discussion on many topics, of which I won’t bore you with.

The second significant occurrence today was when I passed by the Whipple Creek mill, which is being restored.  They are doing a fantastic job on the restoration, but there still appears to be much more to complete.  Enough progress has been made so that the trail is now open to skirt around the mill.  I didn’t expect the trail to be open and was pleasantly surprised!

This hike added to my total yearly mileage and enabled me to pass by my fourth highest yearly total.  It will be tough to exceed the next higher mileage year, which was at 1809.6 miles, but considering my back issues I’m not disappointed.

Also relating to my mileage goal, I only have about 45 miles before I drop below 10,000 remaining miles in my goal.  The circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles so that gives you an idea of where I’m at.

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 5.7 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1432.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 866 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 189535 feet

Today is my birthday and I’m now 62 years old!  I feel pretty good but it feels like the years have gone by quickly.  I can now collect Social Security, but won’t be doing that for a while.  The best part is that I can now obtain a Lifetime Senior Pass for all Federal Lands. 🙂  I applied for one on line, and plan to use it often!  It covers all National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and is used for the federal lands forest pass, for the remainder of my life, and all for a one time fee of $80!!!  I’m stoked. 🙂

I couldn’t let a birthday, with gorgeous weather, get by without a hike.  I just went to a forest road area that I frequent occasionally and meandered around.  I’ve converted from my Gregory day pack to a Zpacks backpack, and tried it out today, and was pleased.  Unfortunately, I forgot my hiking poles, and this was a big problem given that the forest roads are gravel covered, and are best hiked with some support.  I forgot my camera and couldn’t really get great pictures of snow-capped Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood. 😦

Despite having forgotten so many hiking poles and camera, I really enjoyed this short hike.  It was a coolish day, which made it nice for hiking.  I have also been wearing my orange jacket since it’s hunting season.  Be careful out there during hunting season and stay visible!  I didn’t see anyone hiking the roads, and only one family in a vehicle. 🙂