Thursday, September 12, 2013

Devil's Loop - North Cascades

Hooked on the beauty!

This 44 mile trek takes you through beautiful old growth forest, up and up, until you reach Jakita Ridge. The trees thin out exposing the very impressive views of the North Cascade rugged mountain peaks. Traverse the ridge on the most pleasant of trails, with a slight grade, just enough to keep your breathe steady. Take a lunch break to take it all in... stay for a while...

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Loowit Trail - Mount St. Helens

Mt St Helens was bursting with vast and beautiful views. Much of the forested landscape has been washed away by the huge eruption of 1980, now slowly returning to its previous state. The transformation is coming in all forms; kooky wildflowers, fields of strawberries, small sproutings of brush in endless gravel fields, even healthy tree saplings filling the landscape. 
We walked around the mountain in 2 days, a 33 mile trek. It was one of the most physically challenging obstacles I have done, but totally worth it. The mountain watches over you every minute, edging you along with her immense beauty. 

boulder fields... on and on

plains of Abraham

view of the crater
climbing up one of the many washouts

walking along the sandy path
field full of delicious strawberries!