Man, has it been a busy week for you? I am supremely glad it’s Friday evening. Let’s go ahead and just look at some lovely pictures, okay?
Tim and I had cause to be in Washington state this week and while we were there, Tim wanted to go to Mount Rainier. I am almost always game for a hike and had brought my Keens (that I bought specifically for hiking and then didn’t get to do much of it since purchasing them in April). What I failed to consider was how I had spent the last few weeks with practically no physical activity. I mean, I do this from time to time, launch myself into something that’s going to ask a lot of my body without really thinking through whether my current fitness level supports it. It’s how I found myself biking the equivalent of a marathon during a Market to Market ride a few years ago, despite having been basically a lump in the months prior. The real solution to this recurring problem would be to maintain some semblance of fitness, so I don’t spend the days following an escapade lurching around as if I’ve been assembled from parts and animated by lightning. Okay, noted.
But back to Mount Rainier. I knew it was going to be tough, but I was a bit concerned that five minutes in I was puffing like a steam engine while hundreds of tourists capered about on the paths with seemingly no problems between the slope and the altitude. This was not our normal state park random hike with a few hills thrown in for funsies. That being said, I was game as long as we took it slow. With many, many stops for brief rests, I followed Tim up the side of the mountain, well past the paved paths and people with small children. With his encouragement, we ended up hiking one of the “strenuous” trails for about 4.5 miles, with an elevation change of 1400 ft. It was pretty marvelous. I’d do it again, in a heartbeat, though I’d make sure to have a little more activity under my belt in the lead-up to the hike. Also, I’m making a mental note to do some training before the next time we visit Mel in Colorado and go back to the Great Sand Dunes.
And now, pictures!