Sunday morning the kids came for brunch and reports on their recent adventures.
After we all sat down to eat I called on Jake first. He stammered and said he wasn't ready. Well, Ok then, moving on.
Irene was next, but since she and Jill were on the same mountain trek, they both participated. We had already seen photos on Facebook, so we knew where they had been and how it looked. It looked sort of scary to me, but Irene said it was not scary at all, not even walking on the part called the "Knife's Edge". They were in the Goats Rocks Wilderness portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. It was a four day, three night high mountain hike. Jake had hiked this part of the PCT before so he had lots of questions about "Did you go there, did you see this, did you camp here?" Tom and I mostly listened.
I'll share some of Jill's photos .
Day 1, setting out on the trailSheep Lake
Golden hour on Mount Adams
Sunset on Mount St. Helens
Day 2 Knifes Edge with views of Mt RainierGoing up
Looking ahead to peaks at 6981ft and then 7210 ft
Over the top and down. View of Mount Rainier.
Day 2 Elks Pass, and starting down
Day 3 All down in the forest
Day 4 Back up on the ridge to peak at 6711 ft
Traversing just below the summit of Hogback Mountain
The end of the line, pick up by Aunt Jan, and a night in a condo to rest and relax.
Mount Rainier is one of my most favorite places on earth, and I get sad when I think that I will not now be able to hike its flower filled meadows. Of course I was never able to do what they are doing, but I continue to be thrilled that my two kids. and now my granddaughter, love spending time and challenging them selves in our beautiful mountains.
At the top. Jake's climbing partner Steve.
Jake at the top. Look at those views!
Glacier Peak in the distance.
Their camp, back down off the summit.
They also made it to the top of Mount Maude, and then decided to save the third summit for another adventure. Jake says it's not fun getting older and having parts of your body not cooperating. I know.
There was one more adventurer in our midst. Isaac doesn't hike. He shops. He and a good friend and fellow high school graduate spent their get away in Hawaii. They enjoyed the beach, snorkeled, shark cage dived, and played tourist in Honolulu. They did plenty of walking and bike riding to get around and through the crowds. Isaac did not return with photos. Instead he proudly showed off his new Gucci shoulder bag and Louis Viton wallet.