by Erin Elaine
They say a rainy day in the mountains beats a sunny day indoors. Well, what about a sunny day in the mountains??
Since my last post, I’ve completed six more hikes! I think my training for the Inca Trail is going pretty well, though I won’t know for sure until I’m on it.
This past weekend I hiked to the top of Mount Washington. It’s an 8.5 mile round-trip hike, with about 3,000 feet of elevation gain. That’s according to my GPS, unlike the 3,200 feet that the Washington Trails Association website claims.
What a pretty hike!
I hike at a very slow pace, but I’ve gotten so much better at only stopping when I’m winded, not when I’m tired. There’s a difference! I try to keep moving forward, just very slowly.
I kept telling myself, “Enjoy the sweat dripping down your face, it means you’re pushing yourself. Enjoy the ache in your legs, it means you’re getting stronger. Enjoy the weight on your back, it’s what allows you to be out in nature and away from the rat race for a day.” And it worked!! I had a great time.
The first 3 miles of the trail was through forest, and was quite shaded. Parts almost felt dark, even in the middle of the day. However, the final mile was often in sun, which felt so good! There was one section where the scent in the air changed and I knew I was approaching some sun. It was wonderful. 71 degrees F and hardly a wisp of cloud in the sky.
Here are some of the views as I ascended a bit higher. The one overlooking the city also shows Mount Si and Little Si just in front of it. Exactly four weeks ago I hiked Little Si. Look how far I’ve come!
At the top is a glorious view of Mt. Rainier, as well as Chester Morse Lake and Masonry Pool. I wanted to stay up here forever! I felt so accomplished and I’m really happy I chose such a great day to do it.