Sunday, April 23, 2017

Up the hill again

It's tick season, so it's time for us to leave the logging roads and hit the trails.  Will the rain ever stop for long enough for me to get my car up the Skokomish Valley? Will they ever grade the road to Staircase?  Reports are that the road to Staircase are the worst that anyone has seen in thirty years.

That leave Big Creek and it's getting boring, so maybe I'll head up to the Hamma Hamma area next.

I flicked 4 ticks off of Sage but none of them managed to bit her.  She has a new haircut that makes it easier to see the ticks on her.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

What do you do when you are stuck in Belfair?

Green Mountain Summit

Green Mountain and Theler Wetlands of course!

I had two jobs in Belfair on this day and they were hours apart.  I thought about driving to Belfair and back twice, but that did not make a lot of sense.  Finally we got a day without rain too, it would be such a waste to spend the day driving!

This is the first time I have been up Green Mountain since they started charging folks to park at the trail head.  Luckily you can still park at the old trailhead without paying, so that is what I did.  I have a Federal Parks and Forest Pass,  and I have a State Parks Pass, but I can not use DNR land or park at a boat launch with those.  What a screwy system.  I'm not about to buy a Discover your Anus Pass just so I can hike up a muddy old rut in a  DNR clear cut while dodging motorcycles,mountain bikes and gunfire.  The DNR makes enough money selling off our forests.

This video has flying camera footage!

 First I drove to Belfair and had a great time taking pictures of the High School Marching Band.  What a nice group of kids they were.

Next, I went the Theler Wetlands and I really enjoyed the birds and the bird sounds in the morning.  It looks like a great place to fly a drone, but I would never fly a drone around birds, so I just enjoyed the quiet. Theler has a lot of pokestops and gyms too, so that added to the enjoyment.

Next I drove to Green Mountain timing just how long it took to get from Belfair to the trail head so I would know when I had to return.  My job was to photograph the North Mason High Band in the morning and the soccer team in the afternoon.

I parked at the old trail had and I had a brief chat with an old timer who was still a bit stunned by the trailhead changes.  My first trip up Green Mountain was after they moved the trail head, so I don't remember the old one.  I headed up the old trail and I think I was on the plummer trail for a little while.

Briefly left the trail and hiked up a road for a bit. I figured the road would offer more solitude and give me more chances to fly my drone.

 Eventually the road when through a clear cut and at that point I started to hike up the powerline trail before I came to my senses.

I left the powerline trail went across the clear cut and finally set foot on the Gold Creek trail in the middle of a recent clear cut.  I flew my drone a little there, but all my drone video footage was ruined by giant captions.

I made the final push to the summit on a confusing mix of parking lots, roads and trails.  The summit was noisy and I was a bit put off at first.  The folks on the summit were friendly and since the place is such a zoo I asked if anyone minded if I flew my drone over head.  Everyone was okay with it and two of them wanted me to take pictures of them.  I gave them both my card, if they contact me I will send them the picture above.

After my drone flight, I headed back down, time was running short.  I cooked ramen and coffee on the road, but time was too short and my ramen was too hot to eat, so I ate it while I walked down.

I  Made to back to North Mason High in plenty of time, took photos of the Soccer team and then drove home.  Overall a very productive day.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Top of the Swamp

I've been dieting hard, so this felt like a feast

I've been feeling really weak but still hiking hard and now dieting too.  So today I decided to gorge myself at lunch time.  I hiked enough to earn the calories, so no worries.  A  few days after this hike I got the results of my Serum Ferritin test.  My Serum Ferritin level was 4, that's pretty shocking and it means that my body has almost no iron stores.  My other scores a few week earlier, before I started taking a ton of Hemi Iron were Hemoglobin 10.9, Hemocrit 34.5.  That is pretty darn anemic.

Now I'm taking even more iron and eating lots of liver and taking lots of  vitamin "A".  I seem to be getting my bleeding under control by taking about 4 times the US RDA of vitamin "A".  Amazing how few doctors know that in some studies 92% of women who took large doses of Vitamin "A" got relief from heavy bleeding.

I hope to be feeling much better in a couple of months now that the bleeding seems to be under control.  Doctors are keen to either burn out my uterus with hot water or just hack it out.  No thanks, I'd rather try some less drastic measures first.   I'm so close to menopause, I want to get through this without being mutilated.

I'm still managing to walk 6.3 miles in town almost every day and another 10-20 miles a week on the trails while taking care of my terminally ill and invalid spouse and doing some caring for our daughter too.  Now I need to take some time to take care of my self other than just hiking to get away from the stress!  Caregivers come for four hours a day to help take care of my spouse.

I'm a bit vague as to where this hike is because I love the solitude here.

I really enjoyed my noodles on the top anyway.. :)
10 miles with 800 elevation gain.

I was totally wiped out after this hike and could not understand why.  Now I know why.

I'm going to take one day a week off of dieting and hiking so my body can rest.

A beautiful spot for my second tea break

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.