Today brought clear skies to the Seattle area. I like to be outside and see the stars at night when I can, that’s not normally an option in the winter here. It has me looking forward to some summer hiking trips. Not too many plans just yet, definately some weekend overnighters with the scout troop I work with. But I’m most excited about getting back to the Enchantements. Granite basins, towering peaks and Alpine lakes made my trip there in 2008 one of the most memborable outings to date.
The permit process this year for the Enchantments has changed and I hope to luck out with permits. And I’ll be hitting the trail for my first backpacking outing with my bro-in-law Kal. It will be awesome and possibly epic (well, not really, but definately fun at least). Hopefully they’ll be chances to get out again with some of my other brothers as we’ve done in past years and of course with my little hikers.
Other summer plans include, I hope, a backpacking first for me and my wife. We’ve car camped, dayhiked and even kayaked but never backpacked. She’s agreed to an overnighter (get ready grandparents!) and so we’ll find a nice hike that I hope will get her more interested in this. Maybe someday we’ll have some family backpacking outings (crazy idea, but I can dream) that’ll create some chaotic but fond memories.
Olympic National Park Trip - 1st backpacking trip since I was a scout - 4/2005
Kal on the Echo Lakes hike near Lake Tahoe, includes part of the PCT - 6/2010
- The Enchantments – 8/2008
Shanda & Kiera hiking at Cougar Mountain - 4/2008