Sunday, December 27, 2015

South Mountain White after Christmas Dinner Burn

I was too tired to get up and I was too tired to hike, but it was forecast to rain all day the next day, so off I went after stopping for gas.  There was snow at the start of the hike, so I knew there would be deep snow at the top. I started my hike at 11:30 with snowshoes strapped to my back.

I saw a group behind me at the start but then I did not see them again.  I put on my snow shoes at 1,600 feet.  Shortly after that, Patches went off the trail in search of deer or something and then struggled to get back on the road, but I knew she would make it back up.  She must have been more stuck then I thought.  I was nearly to the top, and still no Patches and I was moving really slow.  Where was Patches?

A man on snowshoes came up behind me.  He said that Patches had been stuck but was following his party up the Mountain.  The man was in a hurry and he passed me on the way up and on his way back down before I reached the summit.  He said he left one of his party behind about 15 minutes down.  I figured Patches was following him and I would see them both soon.

I got to the summit and still no Patches, so I headed right back down without a break.  When I finally found Patches she was about half way up and she was struggling.  The folks behind me had been post holing in the snow and my tracks had been destroyed.  I could not even walk in my own tracks.  I made new tracks for Patches to follow down.  In deep snow Patches always depends on my tracks.  But my tracks had been destroyed by people post holing in them.

If I had pulled her out when she first got stuck she would not have been trapped in the other's parties tracks, she could have used my tracks.  This was the first time I ever saw other hikers on South Mountain.

It took me 4 hours to go up and less than 2 hours to go down even with a short coffee break.   I started my hike at 11:30, left the top and 3:45 and made it back to my car at 5:35.

I had to wear my snow shoes for almost 5 miles of this 8 mile hike. The snow was really deep.

7.75 miles with 2,300 feet elevation gain

Friday, December 25, 2015

Big Creek

The parking lot is still off limits to the public.  How many years behind is this project now?

I got to use my snowshoes today!  I also met a nice man named James.  He got to the lookout shortly after I did and he let me use his stove to heat water.  I need to switch from my summer alcohol stove to the winter version.

View from highway 101

Patches got stuck here and she did not know to turn back and follow her path.  She
needed help getting out of this snow at the lower Ellinor trail head.

These sat unused for two years due to lack of snow.

Monday, December 21, 2015

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Lena Lake

Panorama from scout camp

We went to Lena Lake. An icy bridge turned us back. I was game, by my hiking partner was not. Story of my life.

6.5 miles 1,200 feet elevation gain

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Revisiting some of my favorites

This is an old post. Just goes to show that you don't need a supersonic camera to take good pictures. Having a nice camera helps though. Most of these (all but 5) were taken with a point and shoot camera and they were taken before I took my first photography course.  Many of these are too small to print.

  I've had my big camera for less than a year.  I bought my D90 ( big camera) when I wanted to document the destruction of St. Edwards Catholic Church.  The college media loan was not flexible enough to let me have a good camera for the quarter and I could not predict exactly when the church was going to come down; I needed  access to a good camera at all times for that project.

These pictures and more will be on electronic display on October 22,  at the Shelton Pavilion as part of a fund raiser for the Statewide anti-incinerator movement.   I will have to move away from all this beauty if the incinerators are built.

White Chanterelle Mushroom Olympic National Forest (ONF)

Fly Agaric Mushroom Westport

My little one's first peak Mount Ellinor

Bears head Mushroom Olympic National Park

Fog, Capitol Forest, DNR land

Coral Mushroom ONF

Cougar Tracks Dosewallips

Baby goats mount Ellinor ONF

Mount Ellinor

Enchanted Valley ONP

Mama and baby grouse, Staircase

Fly Agaric, Westport

Old Growth Douglas-fir ONF

Grouse Wagonwheel Ridge ONP

Mount Adams

Honey Mushrooms ONF

Trillium ONF

King (?) Bolete ONF

Lake Cushman ONF

Lake West, Simpson Land

Lena Lake ONF

Lions Mane mushroom ONP (it was too pretty to pick)

Skok Valley from Simpson Land

Camprobbers Mount Rose Summit ONF

Wooly Chanterelles ONF (not edible)

Pigs Ear Mushroom ONF

Sun breaking through the fog South Fork Skok ONF

Biomass at Staircase

Sunset over Grays Harbor from South Mountain on Simpson Land

Sunrise over Hood Canal from Mount Ellinor

Mushroom gills ONF