Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lake Slimy Egg

Back to my favorite nearly private lake.  I've been trying to walk 10K a day everyday.  I don't know if that is a realistic goal, but so far so good.  Last year I lost ten pounds while training for Mount Adams, this year I gained 7 of those pounds back and to my horror they landed on my belly.

Turns out it's a change of life thing.  Anyway I have a new goal to lose ten pound this year as well.  I want to get this done by my 50th birthday.  Luckily that means I only have to lose one pound a week.

Walking on a level surface burns 100 calories per hour.  Walking ten K or 6.3 miles per day burns 600 calories.  I think the scale is starting to move, but not sure.

The road to this hike is in terrible shape due to logging.  Logging really tears up dirt roads.  I took a different road out.  The drive out was longer, but it was probabably faster and for sure easier on my car.

I spend about two hours at the Lake with Sage, just relaxing and taking pictures and checking facebook from time to time.  I cuaght two pokemon on this hike, that was all that spawned.

8.5 miles 300 feet elevation gain on the winter route.

My walk in Olympia

Toxic Goose Lake in Shelton, don't go there!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mount Walker

The rain has been unrelenting this spring.  I decided to go up to an area that gets some of the rain shadow.  Missed Patches on this hike, first time back since Patches died.

Had a good time.  Placed Pokemon in the gym at the top.  They should stay there until the gate opens.

Rain was very light and the views were cloudy but nice.  Rode the bus as it's the only thing that makes sense.  Walker is 110 miles round trip, bus fare is $2.00 round trip.  It's nice to sit up high in a bus with big windows and look out over the Hood Canal.

Had the mountain to myself until I headed back down, then ran into quite a few people on the trail, including some young men who must have been scared of the woods.  When people are scared of the woods, they tend to howl and bark a lot.

6 miles 2,000 feet elevation gain

Monday, March 6, 2017

Little Lake

 A hike to a little lake in an area that I refuse to give much information about.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Westport Beaches

Had so much fun at Westport yesterday walking on the paved path and playing pokemon.  Had lunch on the beach.  6 miles with 30 feet elevation gain.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Kamilche Ridge

Calendars are on sale for just $12.24 now, the price will not go lower than this before they are removed all together.  Thanks to everyone who bough a calendar.

With there being so much snow this winter and me not having a high clearance vehicle and me liking to stay in cell phone range so  I can rack up miles in Pok√©mon go, I have been staying closer to home.  I’m always looking for new places to hike, I do get bored with the same old trails and the National Forest and Park are so dark and cold this time of year.

Planned route is in green, actual route is in red

I plotted out a course to hopefully take me up Kamilche Ridge  I saw a possible logging road hike going in from Taylor Town, but it looked long and did not appeal.  Then I saw another potential route starting near Lake Isabella. 

I set out not knowing where the road was that would taking me up, but figuring I could find a way.  I did not even know where the first gate would be, so I did not know where I would be parking.  I plotted out what I thought was a 4 mile round trip route on my GPS(r) .

The weather did not look great, but I need to go out and hike if I want to shed some weight,  so I went in spite of the weather.  I hit my first gate at the Lake Isabella boat launch just a little ways past Lake Isabella state park.  Parking was tight, there was no room to park in front of a gate and I don’t have a Discovery  pass, so I could not park at the boat launch.  I found a tiny spot partly into the black berries on the road near the driveway to the boat launch.

The first gate I went through said “private road” and “no trespassing”  But the gate also had a Greed Diamond sign saying it was open for hiking.  I knew the other signs were wrong.  This road is a Greed Diamond road that some homeowners are allowed to use to access their properties.  About half a mile down the road I came to a second Greed Diamond gate and sign.  This was the start of Greed Diamond’s property and it was open to hiking.

My route up was nothing like I had planned, the roads were not where I thought they would be and one road dead ended.  It seems that all the local Greed Diamond roads have trails that start right where they dead end, so  dead end in the road is not the end of the road for me.  I found the trail and since I had cell coverage I loaded up Google earth satellite view and could see exactly where I was and how far I had to go to get to the next road.   That was fun.

I made it to the top after a few wrong turns at about noon.  I found a nice view to sit and have lunch.  While I was finishing up my lunch a PUD crew arrived to work on the tower.  As I was packing up to leave snow and wind and hail started coming down.  I was a bit worried about Sage with no rain coat on.  The snow and hail did not last for long though and the trip down was fast.   I found a slightly shorter route down.   I intend to come back and try a different road and route next time.  I’m excited to find a whole new area close to home that I can explore without having to buy a pass. 

I’m not ready to pay Greed Diamond $150 just to hike on their tax shifted wastelands.  I have to save my money to pay all the property taxes that get shifted to me and everyone else who lives in the state.

9 miles with about 1,000 feet elevation gain.

| What is a property tax shift?
“A property tax shift is a change in taxation that either eliminates or reduces taxes for some properties and establishes or increases taxes for other properties while the overall revenue to be collected stays the same.  In other words, the amount of taxes amassed by a government unit is basically the same in the current and prior payable years, but the share of taxes paid has changed for certain classes of property because the composition of the tax base has changed.  Properties typically having higher taxable market values or make up a greater part of the tax base this year in comparison to last year simply pay more of the property taxes.”