Pretty short post today. I don't have a lot to say that I didn't already say when I first did this hike almost exactly two years ago. This time I took my hiking pal who had not been there before. We were half way to the trailhead before we realized that we'd forgotten our Northwest Forest Pass. Luckily we found a Chevron open in Sultan and were able to buy one. Then, just as we were about to depart the car for the trail, I realized I'd left both of my water bottles in my refrigerator. The morning didn't seem to be starting out the way we'd hoped. Luckily my buddy had a spare Nalgene to loan me and I had my water filter in my pack.
We were on the trail right at 7 AM and had the trail to ourselves all the way up to the falls. They were roaring as normal. It's been said before but it's worth mentioning again. To fall into the water would mean certain death, so be very careful.
The great weather continues in western Washington and my buddy and I decided to spend the day hiking rather than looking at the depressing walls of our cubicles. Desiring to stay away from snow, we headed up to Bellingham to hike around Blanchard Mountain. We had hiked up to the Oyster Dome in March of 2012 in wind, rain, clouds, and mud. Today we had the exact opposite conditions.
Our day didn't quite start out as planned. We had originally intended to drive up to the Samish Overlook and take the lazy man's route up to the Oyster Dome. We'd also intended to take a look at the bat caves that we'd skipped the year prior. Neither plan was meant to be. In the first picture below can be seen our view from the first parking area on the way up to the overlook. Road work thwarted our plan so we drove around the mountain to Chuckanut Drive to take the steep route from the road. The second picture below shows a map of the trails on the mountain. After driving around, we made surprisingly quick work of the trail up to the dome given our winter shaped bodies, but we found that access to the bat caves has been restricted (3rd picture below). Understandable but still at bit of a disappointment.
I just read over this after typing it up and I realize how negative it sounds. I'll leave it. I'm just in that kind of mood.
Today was the first hike of the year. Did you ever have a day on the trail where you just weren't feeling it? That was me today. The weather was slated to be perfect and I've been working long hours and I just needed a break. So I decided to take a vacation day. Unfortunately, my regular hiking buddy couldn't get away. So I was going solo and I just wasn't sure I really wanted to.
As per my normal procedure, I got up way too early and hit the road while the rest of society was still in bed. Things seemed to bode well as I was going north on Hwy 9 near Snohomish. The sun was coming up in a clear sky over the mountains to the east.