Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Lake Slimy Egg




Back to Lake Slimy Egg for a nice hike with the new dog.  Trying to break her in slowly as she is overwieight and she was not a hiker.  This was only six miles round trip and it was level.  She seemed to do well.

I like how Sage sleeps at lunchtime rather then begging for my lunch.  I found a mess of White Chaterelles.

Next I will let Sage rest for a week, I don't want to wear out her pawpads!








it's easy to see how rose hips are related to apples

Something really sinsiter and evil happening in these woods


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Skokomish First Hike with Sage



I’ve been a little under the weather all week and my new dog is not in very good shape, so I kept this hike short.  This was my first hike in the Olympics with Sage.

Sage did well, she was off leash the entire time and she stayed very close to me.  When I went wading in the river she sat close to my stuff.  After I sat down for lunch Sage laid down and went to sleep.  She is very different from Patches.  Patches never took a nap at lunch time.

Sage is about 5 years old and she is about 20 pounds overweight.  I will have to ease her into her new life as a hiker.  We wandered up the trail a bit and then went off trail down to the river a few times.  I find this trail to be rather boring and leaving it keeps me entertained.

It is too dry out for mushrooms.

5 miles with about 200 feet elevation gain.












Before her hair cut

Napping during lunch break
She has lost two pounds since I got her but she needs to lose at least 10 more






Skokomish First Hike with Sage



I’ve been a little under the weather all week and my new dog is not in very good shape, so I kept this hike short.  This was my first hike in the Olympics with Sage.

Sage did well, she was off leash the entire time and she stayed very close to me.  When I went wading in the river she sat close to my stuff.  After I sat down for lunch Sage laid down and went to sleep.  She is very different from Patches.  Patches never took a nap at lunch time.

Sage is about 5 years old and she is about 20 pounds overweight.  I will have to ease her into her new life as a hiker.  We wandered up the trail a bit and then went off trail down to the river a few times.  I find this trail to be rather boring and leaving it keeps me entertained.

It is too dry out for mushrooms.

5 miles with about 200 feet elevation gain.

We picked up Sage in Spangle Wa.  She is 4-5 years old.  Here she is at Moses Lake on
the ride back to our house.  Sage is going to be my new hiking buddy.  She now has all of
her shots and a nice short haircut.  Now to get her into shape for hiking.














Napping during lunch break
She has lost two pounds since I got her but she needs to lose at least 10 more






Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Putven trail too foggy


Lake of the Angels




We headed back up the Putvin trail for a second time this year.  The first time was to help get us in shape for Mount Adams.  This time was so we could see the lake when it is not covered in snow.

Another hike that Patches was not allowed to go on.  In all the years I hiked with her, I only cheated twice and for a total of about two miles.  Not bad.  Both times I cheated where when the hike started in the forest and I forgot that it ended in the Park, so even those were not planned.

We hit the trail at 10:10 and made it to the lake by 2.  We spent a fair amount of time taking pictures and eating berries.

The lake was totally socked in with fog.  This was a lot of effort for no view.  Up high the flowers were blooming while fog was settling in all around.  It felt like two season's had collided.  Fall fog with spring flowers.

We made it out shortly before sunset.  We have to increase our speed or start hiking earlier in the morning as the days are getting shorter.

The second headwall climb is a bit more treacherous than it used to be.  Part  of a long tree root that used to aid climbers has broken off leaving very little to hold on to.

We parked at the old road since we both think it is pretty and we appreciate the gentle grade.

7 miles round trip with 3,600 feet elevation gain.  That's steep.







Termites were busy adding to this pile of sawdust

Climbinb up the headwall