2020 Hike ; 169

Hike Distance: 8.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 1479 feet

Yearly Hike Distance: 1287.9 miles

Yearly Elevation Gain: 192174 feet

A pleasant sunny day in the state of Washington. The shade was particularly nice, along with the cooling breeze that swept past us. In the sun it was a bit warm, but even that was enjoyable.

The best part of this road hike was when we walked along a scenic creek. We love the rocks and flowing water, and stopped to take many pictures. After walking along the creek we turned to cross over a nice bridge, and then started to ascend up the mountainous terrain.

The ascent up the road continued for a majority of the hike, outbound. Our goal was to connect up to a previous hike endpoint, and that was a success! Most of the ascent was through clear cuts, which isn’t easy on the eyes. However, the lack of trees yielded expansive views of the mountains just north of us.

We finally reached a road at the top of our ascent and then followed it along, through a long forested canopy. Within about one mile we reached our connection point, and then turned around. We again got spectacular views of the creek, but the lighting was much different, and very photo worthy.

The only real issue we had with this hike is that I’ve been having pain in my thigh, for the past several weeks. It doesn’t seem to be getting better, but it’s also not getting worse. Despite my fear of going into a clinic, in these trying times, I have a couple issues to discuss with the Orthopedist, and hopefully rectify. Truthfully, my body aches and pains are par for the course, and are expected given that we hike between 35 – 50 miles per week.

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