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Mailbox Peak

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Last weekend Courtney and Arthur were in town for a visit. They’ve been stuck in flat Michigan for too long (their words, not mine) and so I knew they wanted to go hiking and see some beautiful views. Given their complaints about the flatness of Michigan, I thought taking them to the heights of the Cascades would be a good idea…which lead us to Mailbox Peak. Although I’ve wanted to do it for awhile, we’d never made it there. I knew it was going to be a butt kicker but since Saturday was a gloriously sunny day, I thought the views would be worth it.

Unfortunately Mark wasn’t feeling 100% still, so only Kuja, Sabine, Courtney and Arthur and I went. Butt kicker it was….4,100 vertical feet in 3 miles. Thankfully Mark and I have either snowshoed or hiked almost every weekend since the new year, so amazingly I made it all the way to the top with the Bine on my back. Thankfully Arthur took her on the way back down. At the top we could see Mt. Rainier, Seattle, the Olympic Mountains, Mt. Baker and pretty anything else around since we were above it all.

It was a great day and all worth it despite the fact that we’re still having trouble going up and down stairs normally.



Wet Weekend

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

In an effort to tire out our youngest member of the family (Kuja), we decided to take a short hike out at Tiger Mountain. Mist turned to rain, and it ended up being quite the wet walk. But thanks to gortex we all had a great morning. Even The Bine didn’t mind a little wet weather.

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Kuja’s first hike

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

On Sunday we took Kuja on her first hike. She’s come a long way in the last two weeks. When we first got her she was too scared to go more than a block or two….but on Sunday we were out for 2.5 hours! We kept her on the leash for a bit, and then once we were away from the crowds we let her run. She was so excited and I don’t think she had a clue how tired she was going to be at the end. When we got home, she crawled into her crate and only came out once to get dinner (and slowly for that too!) If only we could do that every day with her!
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Geochaching fun …

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

For the last week, everyone in Seattle has been talking about, “that day” … aka a day full of glorious sunshine. Supposedly up in the high sixties. Some of our friends went paddling, some went cycling … we went geocaching up in Deception Pass Park.

Don’t know what geocaching is? It’s basically a high tech treasure hunt utilizing a GPS. People hide a little “cache” around the world and then publish the GPS coordinates of the cache on a web site. We will often pick a hike, and then look up and see if there are any cache’s in the area. You then go and look for the cache with your gps. Often it’s a rubbermaid container filled with various items (it can be anything from gift certificates to dollar store items.)

Here’s a picture of our GPS.

Here we are logging our name in the “guest book” of the cache. You can see other people leave comments or just their name or even stamps.
Here’s a picture of a small little rubber army guy that was in this cache.


Here’s a funny Monsters Inc. character that was in this cache. Plus a picture of the lid of the cache.

Lastly the tulips are (if they haven’t already) about to pop. On our way out from deception pass park we passed through the tulip fields.


… and of course with sunshine and flowers you get traffic …