Sunday, October 22, 2017

Mud lake and there-a-bouts hike

Today my husband and I hiked to Mud lake. We started at Samish park. Most of the hike was on logging roads with a small section of trail down to the lake. We hiked a different route (to me) today. We hiked up the logging road above Mud lake and hiked around it to the lake trail.
Lucky day, I found a rock heart on the road.

We saw this awesome rock perched on a stump at this logging area.

The fall colors made the day more scenic.

The short section of trail to the lake.


We stopped and ate our lunch overlooking the lake.

Hot cocoa!

Parts of the logging roads were lovely lanes.

We took a side loop on our way back and we saw North Butte in the distance. A different angle than I've seen it before.

A lone tall tree above an old logging area.

Garmin stats:
total miles hiked - 12 miles
minimum altitude - 814 feet
maximum altitude - 1860 feet
total ascent - 1568 feet

You can watch a video of our route/hike at the link provided by Relive.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Picture of the week ~ A golden road


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hiking through Bellingham

We started hiking from Boulevard park, and continued on to Fairhaven park (the entrance arch is no longer there, it's been removed). From there we went through the 100 acre woods. It's such a lovely forest.



We walked a short way on the Interurban trail to the Clarita Moore trail. We went around that loop and made our way to and around Hoag's pond. We then went on the Connelly creek trail and on up to Sehome hill and through the Arboretum to the Tower. We walked the trail so we didn't walk through the tunnel, but I couldn't resist a photo opportunity. Thanks to my husband for taking the picture.



We then made our way through the WWU campus found the stairs off of the Laurel park area and made our way to the trail leading to Boulevard park. We were lucky? enough to get to wait for a train at the crossing right before we got to Boulevard park and the port a potty (just within sight). Actually we were lucky, for once it was a short train. So after a quick stop ;-) we arrived at our car that was parked at the park. What a fun day wondering around some of the trails and a few streets in Bellingham. I'm thankful we had a gap in the weather for our outing. We had awoken to rain and wind but by the time we left the house the weather had calmed and it was a pleasant fall day for a hike.
You can watch a video of our route/hike at this link provided by Relive.
Garmin stats:
total miles - 12.26 miles
minimum altitude - 608 feet
 maximum altitude - 1234 feet
total ascent - 1273 feet

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Picture of the week ~ Ebey's Landing


A nice time was spent hiking at Ebey's landing on Thursday.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Picture of the week ~ Pearrygin lake Great Blue Heron



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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

East side tour

Washington state is divided in half by the Cascade mountain range. We live on the west (wet) side and to get away from the "wet", it's nice to be able to pop over to the east (dry) side once in awhile. We've had a dry summer, so I wasn't craving the sun or the blue sky. We did a fall kayak and car camping trip to the east side of our state for a few days. 
Our first night was spent at Pearrygin lake State park. We had stayed at this campground many years ago when our kids were tiny. On that trip we listened to the coyotes howl all night long. This time at night we watched the Northern lights and stared at the Milky way.

We then went to Alta lake State park. We had been here once before for a family reunion and I really enjoyed it then, but it was especially nice to be there this time at "off - season". Very nice and quiet.

Our kayaking part of the trip ended at Conconully State park. I had been to the Lake Conconully area as a child for a family reunion, but when we arrived there on this trip, I didn't recognize any of it. My childhood memories were that I spent alot of time swinging on the swings, it was very hot and someone had stolen my prize sunglasses from the restroom. I remember I ran back at the time to get them but they were already gone. It's funny how a place can jar old memories and make them fresh again. I could still feel my sadness and disappointment over the loss of those sunglasses. We walked through town after we found our campsite and saw more deer than people. We then walked the nature trail by the campground and saw fish spawning in the creek.  

As we headed towards Sun lakes Dry falls State park, the weather started deteriorating and the wind really picked up. We drove parallel to a wild dark and stormy sky on our way to the campground. We were treated to a beautiful rainbow. The wind was really howling at the State park, so we parked our Van sideways at our campsite to try to block the wind. We drove the tourist roads around the campground and found Umatilla rock and Deep lake. I made a mental note to stop by here again, there are some nice trails and kayak areas to try out.

We spent our last night at Potholes State park. We were again treated to some "nice" fall camping weather. I took a video of our camp area during a nice gusty storm.

We took several walks while we were at the Potholes and saw some very large fish being cleaned at the fish cleanup station. I think I saw drool come out of the corner of my husbands mouth. Future fishing dreams were planted there I think.

We sure live in a beautiful state.
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Picture of the week ~ a cinnamon roll for "Tootsie"


"Tootsie"
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Mon Oeuvre - Toothbrush Rag Rug complete!

"Oeuvre" (the works of a painter, composer, or author regarded collectively: "the complete oeuvre of Mozart" a work of art, music, or literature: "an early oeuvre" ORIGIN late 19th cent.: French, literally ‘work.’ - Oxford Dictionary.)

I started a rag rug in May of 2014 at a cousin reunion party. The needle is a refurbished toothbrush handle. The fabric strips were from sheets.

The sheets I chose for my rug.

I finished it tonight, not bad 3 years and 4 months later!
39" x 28"
A hearty thanks to my cousin Margie for teaching us all how to do it,. She sent us home with easy to follow instructions. I'm glad I kept at it. Finished projects are so satisfying.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Excelsior ridge hike

What a great day in the high country. 

Indian Paintbrush

Part of the quicker elevation gain. 
"Stairs"

Almost to the trail junction.



Some Ptarmigan along the trail.



Our lunch view. 

The photo below shows our hike destination. We took the trail around the right side of the hill to make our way to the top. So we basically walked around the back side to get to the top.

Our destination, in the photo below. The higher hump.

  
I took the photos below showing our view at each angle as I turned while we were at the top.



Shuksan in the distance.

Mt. Baker hiding in the low clouds.

We came down the front of the hill trail, so that gave us a loop around the top. Poor hubby, 2 yellow jacket stings. I think they targeted him because he fit into the scenery so well, just like an alpine flower - hee hee.

Garmin stats:
total miles - 10
total ascent - 3852 feet

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Picture of the week ~ 2017 Trifecta


Environments come and go. To flourish in life we must be centered and focused, not dependent on the right conditions or words from someone else. We can get support and encouragement from others all of our lives, yet we may not see it or feel it. That doesn't mean it wasn't there all along. It's ultimately up to me to find my own motivation. I've learned that my passions and goals come from me and my own efforts and not from the perfect environment or others' approval. A life lesson that has taken me a lifetime to learn. I am grateful however, for those that have stood by and encouraged me even when I was deaf/blind to their words and efforts. We are not on this journey we call "life" alone, but the path we follow is our own.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Seattle Beast Spartan Race 2017

My goal this year was to get a Spartan Trifecta. I had completed the Seattle Super in April, the Montana Sprint in May. I only needed a Beast to complete my goal. The Portland Sprint was just a fun extra one for the year.
Our (my husband and I) start time was set for 8:45 am, we got to the event site (Meadow Wood Equestrian Center in Snohomish, Wa.) early enough - we thought. The registration lines haven't ever been too long in the past, but this year they were long. We waited about 40 minutes before we even got to the registration tent. We started at 9:15, since that was the first slot available after we took care of our registration and bag check.

We have a few wristbands to put on before we start. One is a timing chip, start time band, then a bag check band, usually a free beer band (not this year, this year it was a free hard seltzer), and I always wear my Spartan wristbands for inspiration. Quite the accumulation there. 

Our daughter and son in law did the course with us so we have a few pictures of our day.
The course board didn't have any classified (secret) obstacles, so we knew what was before us.

Heading down to the sand crawl,


the River crawl,


the rolling mud and dunk wall.


One of the walls we had to climb over.

At the Atlas carry the course photographer agreed to do a Mother/Daughter shot of us. The angle makes my daughters arm look so buff. She is fit but the camera angle really showed her off!

I love the Russel Crowe movie "The Gladiator", here's my grass field like in the movie.

The bucket carry


The sand bag

my husband with his sandbag.

After the first water obstacles, the course was dry, which was a huge contrast to the other times I've been at this venue. Very dry and dusty. The slip wall was even dry, no mud!

There was a new obstacle at the end of the race. The ladder, a very high narrow climb. It wasn't fixed at the ground so it was pretty sketchy looking as people climbed it. Several people fell from this obstacle, they were closing it just as we were approaching it. We weren't able to do that one and there was no fire jump at the end, because of the fire hazard. So kindof a weird ending, but we attempted a clumsy jump anyway over the timing chip mat.

I've been having foot issues this year, so no running was in my training for this event. I did alot of biking and backpacking, and circuit/weight training which I found to be enough to complete the Beast. I've had my new orthotics for a couple of months now and they seem to be helping. As a matter of fact we went on a 6 1/2 mile trail walk/run today and my foot was happy. Running seems to be the key to keeping my weight down, so fingers crossed that I can get to my regular running again.
Beast Finishers! 

2017 Trifects


We shared our burpees, and helped each other through the course. I got to share my mustard packs and pickle juice with several people on the trail that were suffering from cramps. This is the atmosphere that I love, everyone looking out for each other making sure that we get to that finish line.
We are Spartan.

Garmin stats:
30 obstacles
total miles - 14.2 
total ascent - 2018 feet

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